Nepalese Landraces of Sponge Gourd for the Production of Tender Fruits

Authors

  • Kge Bal Genebank-NARC, Khumaltar, PO Box 3055, Kathmandu
  • Radha K Tiwari Genebank-NARC, Khumaltar, PO Box 3055, Kathmandu
  • Hari B KC Genebank-NARC, Khumaltar, PO Box 3055, Kathmandu
  • Madhusudan Ghalo Agriculture Research Station-NARC, Malepatan, Pokhara
  • Sanjaya Gyawali Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, PO Box 324, Pokhara
  • Madhusudan P Upadhyay Genebank-NARC, Khumaltar, PO Box 3055, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/aej.v14i0.19782

Keywords:

Evaluation, fruit vegetable, Luffa cylindrica, sponge gourd landraces

Abstract

Evaluation of landraces is necessary for better management of agricultural biodiversity on- farm. The objective was to evaluate the farmers named landraces of sponge gourd that are being maintained on-farm for tender fruit production. A total of 21 sponge gourd landraces collected from six districts of Nepal were evaluated in a randomized complete- block design with three replications at Agriculture Research Station, Malepatan, Pokhara, Nepal. These landraces were significantly (p = 0.05) different for first harvest days (p = 0.05) and fruit yield per plant (p = 0.05), highly significant (p < 0.01) for last harvest days, fruit-skin thickness, flesh thickness, fruit length, fruit perimeter, fruit weight and fruit number. Variation for tender fruits among these landraces can be utilized for improving the genotypes of sponge gourd as well as for long-term production in diverse environments.

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Published

2013-12-01

How to Cite

Bal, K., Tiwari, R. K., KC, H. B., Ghalo, M., Gyawali, S., & Upadhyay, M. P. (2013). Nepalese Landraces of Sponge Gourd for the Production of Tender Fruits. Journal of Agriculture and Environment, 14, 13–22. https://doi.org/10.3126/aej.v14i0.19782

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Technical Paper