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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 51 issue 5 (october 2017) : 425-430

Genetic variability, correlation and path coefficient analysis for quantitative traits in chickpea genotypes 

A. Nishant Bhanu, M.N. Singh, Rajendra Tharu, S.K. Saroj
1Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi- 221 005, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Cite article:- Bhanu Nishant A., Singh M.N., Tharu Rajendra, Saroj S.K. (2017). Genetic variability, correlation and path coefficient analysis for quantitative traits in chickpea genotypes. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 51(5): 425-430. doi: 10.18805/IJARe.A-4687.
Fifty three germplasm of chickpea were undertaken to determine relationships among yield and some yield components using direct (variability, heritability, and genetic advance) and indirect selection parameters (correlation and path coefficient analysis). The present investigation was carried out at the Agriculture Research Farm of Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi during the rabi season of 2011-12. Significant genetic variations were observed among the genotypes for days to flower, days to maturity, plant height, number of branches plant-1, number of pods plant-1, 100-seed weight and seed yield plant-1. Correlation studies revealed that seed yield was positively and significantly correlated with number of primary branches, number of secondary branches and number of pods plant-1. The path coefficient analysis based on seed yield, as a dependent variable, showed that pods plant-1 had the greatest direct effect on seed yield (0.81) followed by number of secondary branches. Both correlation and path analysis indicated that pods plant-1 and number of secondary branches were the major direct contributors to seed yield.
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