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Estimation of heritability using variety trials data from incomplete blocks


An assessment of the heritability of a trait is useful in formulating a breeding strategy for crop improvement. We have considered the estimation of broad-sense heritability from a single-location trial and from multi-locational trials conducted in incomplete blocks. Using residual maximum likelihood estimates of variance components, we estimated the heritability and obtained expressions for the estimate of its bias and its standard error. The estimation procedure is illustrated for 25 barley genotypes evaluated at four locations in West Asia and North Africa during 1992.

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Singh, M., Ceccarelli, S. Estimation of heritability using variety trials data from incomplete blocks. Theoret. Appl. Genetics 90, 142–145 (1995).

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Key words

  • Heritability
  • Incomplete block design
  • Standard error
  • Bias
  • Genotype by environment interaction