GENETIC DIVERGENCE IN GERBERA (GERBERA JAMESONII)S.D. Magar, C.A. Nimbalkar and P.K. Pawar
On the basis of D2, twenty eight varieties of gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii) were grouped in to four clusters. The magnitude of D2 values indicated that there is a considerable diversity in the materials studied. The D2 cluster means and inter cluster coverage divergence were utilized for the choice of parents to decide the cross combination to produce heteroitic effect. From the present study it was found that out of eleven characters stalk length, stalk thickness, flower diameter, flower yield, number of suckers per plant and early flowering were ideal for genetic diversity.
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