Response of mass selection in maize (Zea mays L.)
This study was conducted to quantify the progress towards grain yield and agronomic traits in maize genotypes through mass selection. The original maize population and the population derived after five cycles of mass selection were planted for comparison at research field of National Maize Research Program, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal during winter season of 2011-2012. The maize genotypes were Arun-1EV, Arun-4, Pool-17, P501SRCO × P502SRCO, BGBYPOP, Across9942 × Across9944, S99TLYQ-B, S99TLYQ-AB and S01SIWQ-3, respectively. The experiment was laid down in randomized complete block design with three replications. Each replication consisted of 180 rows; 20 rows of each genotypes. The results showed that there was significant reduction in plant height, ear height, tasseling days, silking days, disease severity however significant increment in grain yield. The results showed that phenotypic superiority of the selected population over the original population was obvious.
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