, Volume 174, Issue 2, pp 231–238 | Cite as

Yield response and Stenocarpella ear rot reaction among selected maize inbred lines and top cross hybrids

  • Lieketso Moremoholo
  • Hussein Shimelis
  • Phatu William Mashela


Stenocarpella ear rot of maize caused by Stenocarpella maydis (Berk.) Sutton is one of the most important ear rot diseases in South Africa. The objective of this study was to identify suitable maize inbred lines and top cross hybrids with Stenocarpella ear rot resistance and high grain yield. The study was conducted using 54 inbred lines and 54 top crosses with selected standard checks under natural and artificial disease inoculations. A split-plot design was used with three replications. There were considerable variations among tested inbred lines and top crosses for Stenocarpella ear rot resistance and grain yield. Two promising inbred lines GCI-35 and GCI-50 were selected possessing resistance to Stenocarpella ear rot and increased grain yield. Inbred line GCI-35 had a grain yield of 6.31 and 6.27 t/ha under natural and artificial inoculations, respectively. Line GCI-50 yielded 5.8 and 5.7 t/ha when tested under natural and artificial disease infestations, respectively. Two top cross hybrids GCT-14 and GCT-30 were selected with greater grain yield and high level of Stenocarpella ear rot resistance. Top cross entry GCT-14 yielded 7.5 and 9.33 t/ha, respectively, whereas GCT-30 had yield of 7.65 and 9.21 t/ha, respectively. The selected inbred lines and top cross hybrids will be useful in maize improvement for Stenocarpella ear rot resistance and increased grain yield in South Africa or other similar environments.


Inbred lines Resistance breeding Stenocarpella maydis Top cross hybrids Zea mays 



The Government of Lesotho and the Maize Trust of South Africa are sincerely thanked for financial support of this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lieketso Moremoholo
    • 1
  • Hussein Shimelis
    • 1
  • Phatu William Mashela
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Agricultural Sciences and AgribusinessUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalScottsvilleRepublic of South Africa
  2. 2.School of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesUniversity of LimpopoSovengaRepublic of South Africa

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