Year: 2016, Issue: December

Genetic divergence studies in Indian Kodo Millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.).

Author:

Abhinav Sao, Preeti Singh, Prafull Kumar and Praveen Panigrahi

Keyword:

Kodo millet, Cluster analysis, Euclidian clustering, Variability.
Divergence analysis was conducted in twenty seven diverse advance breeding lines from Small Millets Centre all over India. Cluster analysis grouped twenty seven kodo millet entries into 4 different clusters through Euclidian clustering. The clustering pattern could be utilized in choosing the diverse genotypes which were likely to generate the highest possible variability for various economic characters. Cluster I was the largest comprising of 13 genotypes followed by cluster II with 8 genotypes, cluster IV with 3 genotypes and cluster III with 2 genotypes. Cluster I formed solitary clusters which revealed the presence of wide diversity for various characters among different diverse breeding lines of kodo millet. The existing variability in the kodo millet lines provides opportunities for breeders to select specific donors for genetic improvement.

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