Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2017)
Genetic divergence study in pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata Duch. Ex. Poir)
Author(s): Chaudhari DJ, Acharya RR, Gohil SB, and Patel NA
Abstract: A study on genetic divergences was carried out on 40 diverse genotypes of pumpkin. These forty genotypes were grouped into fourteen clusters. Total sugar content contributed maximum to total genetic divergence followed by fruit weight, fruit yield per plant, ß-carotene, flesh thickness, first male flowering node, test weight of 100 seeds, equatorial circumferences of fruit and number of seeds per fruit. Intra cluster distance was maximum along cluster VI followed by V, I, III and II. The maximum inter-cluster divergence was observed between cluster IX and XIV followed by cluster X and XIII, cluster X and cluster XIV and cluster X and XII. Cluster IX recorded the highest mean values for fruit yield per plant, least mean values for days to harvest and flesh thickness. Cluster X recorded the highest mean values for equatorial circumferences of fruit and flesh thickness. Cluster XIII recorded least mean values for days to opening first female flower and highest mean values for polar circumferences of fruit and cluster IV recorded highest mean values for test weight of 100 seeds and total sugar content.
How to cite this article:
Chaudhari DJ, Acharya RR, Gohil SB, and Patel NA. Genetic divergence study in pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata Duch. Ex. Poir). Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2017; 6(4): 744-747.