CHARACTER ASSOCIATION AND PATH COEFFICIENT ANALYSIS FOR GRAIN YIELD AND ITS COMPONENTS IN PEARL MILLET GENOTYPES [PENNISETUM GLAUCUM (L.) R. BR.]G. Rakesh, T. Dayakar Reddy, D. Shashibhushan and M.H.V. Bhave
In this study, fifty genotypes of bajra were evaluated to study extent of association between the yield and its component characters including direct and indirect effects. The experiment was laid out in a randomized block design with three replications at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Palem farm, Mahabubnagar during Kharif, 2013. The results revealed that association of different traits indicated significant positive association for grain yield per plant with days to 50 % flowering, days to maturity, plant height, productive tillers per plant, panicle length, panicle diameter, 1000-grain weight, grain yield per plot, fodder yield per plot and possibility of simultaneous improvement of these characters along with grain yield. The path analysis results indicated that selection for panicle diameter, days to 50% flowering, 1000-grain weight, productive tillers per plant, panicle length, plant height would directly increase grain yield.
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