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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 21 - 24

Evaluation of Mungbean Germplasm from Baluchistan

Mansoor Hameed, Ubeda Mansoor, A.R. Rao and Muhammad Waseem    

Abstract: Twenty-six accessions of mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek) germplasm endemic to the southeast and south west of Baluchistan (Awaran, Kharan, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Turbat and Gwadar) were evaluated at Faisalabad for various morphoagronomic characters. Coefficient of variations was very high for plant height, leaf area, pods per plant and seed yield per plant. Khuzdar material showed maximum variations for pods per plant, while accessions from Awaran were promising with regard to 100-seed weight and yield per plant. Accessions from Turbat and Gwadar were generally late maturing but produced the maximum number of seeds per pod and pod length. The tallest plants were recorded in the accessions from Turbat and Panjgur whereas Khuzdar material showed the highest pods per plant, the heaviest seeds and the highest yield per plant. Seed yield per plant correlated significantly and positively with most of the characters, especially with pods per plant and leaf area. Almost all the characters showed their minimal values in southeastern while their maximum was in extreme southwestern and northern parts of the province. The entries show good potential for yield enhancement and site-specific ecogeographic adaptation for each character studied.

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