The yield and yield components, association among characters,
direct and indirect effects of various characters on seed yield and Ascochyta
blight disease severities of sixty-nine F4 chickpea lines from FLIP
83-47CxILC 482 crossing and two parents were investigated at Diyarbakir in 1998.
The chickpea lines differed significantly for all characters and minimum-maximum
values and coefficient variation of % were determined for each character. The
results of association among characters indicated that the seed yield/plant
was correlated strongly and positively with number of pods/plant (0.64**) and
number of seeds/plant (0.65**). It was also determined that there was a positive
significant relationship (0.29**) between Ascochyta blight disease severity
and 100 seed weight. Path analysis showed that number of seeds/plant had the
greatest positive direct effect on seed yield/plant. Wide variations were observed
for the mean Ascochyta blight disease severity in F4 lines. Disease
indices of lines changed from 5.0 to 8.9 and some lines were classified as tolerant.