African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Full Length Research Paper

Diallel analysis for pod yield and its components traits in vegetable Indian bean (Dolichous lablab L.)

Patil Atul B.*, Desai D. T., Patil Sandip A. and Ghodke Umesh R.
ACHF Farm, Navsari Agriculture University, Navsari-396 450, Gujarat, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 April 2013
  •  Published: 18 April 2013


The nature and magnitude of genetic variance for yield and its component traits were studied in Indian bean using diallel analysis. The estimates of general combining ability (GCA) variance were much higher than specific combining ability (SCA) variance except days to 50% flowering, number of pod per cluster and fiber content; this indicated the importance of both additive as well as non-additive gene effects are involved in the expression of these characters. Genotypes NIB-69 and NIB-54 were identified as good general combiner for pod yield per plant. The cross combination viz., NIB-57 x NIB-69, NIB-69 x NIB-80, NIB-32 x NIB-54, NIB-41 x NIB-69 and NIB-23 x NIB-54 were the most promising crosses for improvement of pod yield. In the light of present study, the use of good general combining parents in the hybridization programme, selection of the desirable segregants from the segregating generations by adopting progeny selection method for exploiting additive genetic variance would lead to rapid improvement in this crop.


Key words: Genetic variance, diallel analysis, Indian bean.