Genetic analysis of yield and flesh colour in sweetpotato

Naidoo, S I M and Laurie, S M and Odeny, D A and Vorster, B J and Mphela, W M and Greyling, M M and Crampton, B G (2016) Genetic analysis of yield and flesh colour in sweetpotato. African Crop Science Journal, 24 (1). p. 61. ISSN 1021-9730

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Pre-breeding information on the inheritance mechanism of important sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) agronomic traits is still limited. This study aimed at assessing the inheritance of five sweetpotato agronomic traits, viz. marketable fresh root yield (MFRY) and number (MNR), total fresh root yield (TFRY) and number (TNR) and root b-carotene content (RBCC). A 5 x 5 full diallel was performed and F1 progenies, evaluated in two environments alongside the parents. The data were subjected to ANOVA and DiallelSAS-05 Griffing’s method 1. Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) based genetic distance and cluster analysis were performed on the parental lines using Jaccard’s coefficient and the unweighted pair group method with arithmetic averages (UPGMA). Significant differences (P<0.01) were detected among the genotypes for MFRY, MNR, TFRY, TNR and RBCC. Significant general and specific combining ability (P<0.01) effects were observed for all five traits. Additive gene action was predominantly involved in the inheritance of these traits. High broad sense heritability values were observed for the four yield parameters and for RBCC. The Jaccard’s similarity coefficient indicated moderate to low genetic similarity distances among the parents, implying high diversity. The knowledge on the inheritance and diversity of the parental genotypes enables more effective choice of parents in breeding improved varieties.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: b-carotene, combining ability, heritability, root yield, genetic diversity, sweetpotato
Subjects: Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > African Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 04:21
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 04:21
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Acknowledgement: The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) funded the study Owen Sithole College of Agriculture maintained the experiment. Dr Marde Booyse (ARC-Biometry Unit), Ms Tsedal Gebramarian (University of Pretoria) and Prof. Hussein Shimelis (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) assisted with statistical analysis.
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