A field experiment with three replications was conducted at the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on oilseeds at Marathwada Agricultural University (MAU), Parbhani, Maharashtra on the screening of different elite material against major diseases. Significant differences in resistance to all the diseases were found in the elite material tested. Among the 46 elite lines, 21 and 33 elite lines registered highly resistant reaction against Alternaria leaf spot and to root rot, respectively while 15 lines registered resistant reaction to wilt. This study concludes that screening elite lines for resistance to diseases is an important step in developing varieties/hybrids with improved resistance to different diseases.
Key words: Safflower, diseases, resistance.
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