African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6801

Full Length Research Paper

Multivariate analysis of quantitative traits in Iranian pumpkin lines (Cucurbita spp.)

Mehrab Yadegari1*, Ahmad Reza Golparvar2 and Rahim Barzegar3
1Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran. 2Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Khorasgan (Isfahan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran. 3Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Shahrekord University, Shahrekord, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 29 December 2011
  •  Published: 04 February 2012


Pumpkin is an important plant, which is one of the oldest domesticated crops of the Neolithic revolution. In this study, seed yield production and its different components fruit length, fruit diameter, fruit length/fruit diameter ratio (FL/FD), diameter of flesh, diameter of seed core, fruit weight, weight of 1000 seed from 24 lines of pumpkin grown in Iran were examined. Twenty five characters in all plant lines were measured by a Descriptor (UPOV) and data were subjected to cluster analysis. Results showed that plant lines were divided in four groups. In all groups, regression comparisons were made for modeling the effect of different characters on seed yield, results also showed that fruit weight and fruit length in all groups had the most direct effect on seed yield. In conclusion, these traits are suggested as the best indirect selection criteria to improve the seed yield genetically in Cucurbita spp. genotypes especially in preliminary generation of breeding and selection programs.


Key words: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo), path analysis, fruit weight, fruit length.