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Agricultural Reviews, volume 40 issue 4 (december 2019) : 261-270

Male Sterility and its Commercial Exploitation in Hybrid Seed Production of Vegetable Crops: A Review

Pramod Sharma, Sunil A. Nair, Payal Sharma
1Department of Seed Science and Technology, Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni-173 230, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Cite article:- Sharma Pramod, Nair A. Sunil, Sharma Payal (2019). Male Sterility and its Commercial Exploitation in Hybrid Seed Production of Vegetable Crops: A Review. Agricultural Reviews. 40(4): 261-270. doi: 10.18805/ag.R-1880.
Male sterility is described as absence of functional pollen grains in hermaphrodite flowers facilitating large scale production of hybrid seeds in vegetable crops. It eases hybrid seed production at commercial level in crops like tomato, chilli, capsicum, carrot, onion, cabbage, cauliflower and cucurbits. Male sterility would reduce the cost of hybrid seed production by limiting the labour making it efficient and economical. Incorporation of biotechnological tools in conventional plant breeding techniques would aid the breeders in limiting the drawbacks surrounding exploitation of male sterility for development of new hybrids. The present review is an attempt to summarize and to know the commercial utilization of male sterile line in hybrid seed production of vegetables.
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