Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 21, Issue 1, 2015; Page No.(301-306)

WILD RELATIVES OF OKRA (ABELMOSCHUS SPP.) AN OVERVIEW

G.W. Narkhede, S.B. Deshmukh and S.M. Shinde

Abstract

Wild relatives of okra give a wide diversity in okra germplasm. The number of species recognized varies from 6 to 15. The genus has generally high chromosome numbers, and includes several allopolyploids. There is considerable variation in chromosome counts from single species, and it is not clear whether this is the result of the difficulty in counting of chromosomes, polymorphism in chromosome count, or the presence of cryptic species. Total 12 species are mentioned in the description. Out of 12 species Abelmoschus angulosus showed resistance to YVMV and to powdery mildew consistently whereas, Abelmoschus tuberculatus is resistant to the spiny bollworm and some of them are found useful for commercial scale.

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