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Synthetic (newly developed) maize population had significantly more number of leaves per plant than Tall and Mixture populations. It had also significantly greater plant height than dwarf, F1 hybrid and Mixture. This population was also found significantly high green fodder yielding than Tall, Medium, Dwarf, F1 hybrid and Mixture. Newly developed population had low magnitude of coefficient of variation for leaves per plant, plant height and green fodder yield than all other populations. It is therefore suggested on the basis of these results that Synthetic (newly developed) maize population may be more useful while growing for green fodder yield.
Highly significant differences were found among S1 maize families and treatments for all indicated traits except dry root weight which was non- significant among treatments. Treatments × S1 families interaction was found significant for fresh shoot weight, dry shoot weight and fresh shoot length. The values of coefficient of variation for fresh shoot weight was found to higher than fresh root weight, dry root weight and dry shoot weight. Broad-sense heritability estimates were ranging between 54.27-83.99 percent for indicated seedling traits. Positive and linear inter-relationships were found among all indicated traits. It is therefore suggested on the basis of broad-sense heritability, coefficient of variation estimates and positive linear relationships that dry root weight may be more useful selection criteria, while selecting for superior S1 maize families for water stress conditions.