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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 8, Issue:5, May, 2019

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(5): 8-12

Genetic Divergence Studies in Marigold (Tagetes erecta)
Sangita Mahanta*, Madhumita Choudhury Talukdar and Pranab Talukdar
Department of Horticulture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat – 785013 (Assam), India
*Corresponding author

An experiment was laid out in a randomized block design (RBD) with three replications to evaluate genetic diversity of 12 varieties of marigold using Multivariate genetic divergence analysis (Mahalanobis, 1936). Based on D2 values, all the 12 marigold varieties were grouped into two clusters. Cluster I consisted of 11 varieties, viz., Pusa Narangi Gainda, Pusa Basanti Gainda, Pusa Arpita, Hajo Orange, Mumbai Orange, Hajo Yellow, Sunrise Orange, Hawaii Orange, Calcutta Orange, Calcutta Yellow, Yellow Babuda; while cluster II consisted of only Seracole. The inter-cluster distance between the two clusters I and II was found to be 190.58. The cluster means for most of the characters differed considerably. The intra- cluster distance of cluster I was 42.09 while it was zero for cluster II being with only one variety. The inter-cluster distance being larger than the intra cluster distance suggested wider genetic diversity among the varieties at the two different clusters indicating that crosses may be attempted between the varieties of the cluster I with that of Seracole, the only variety of cluster II to obtain new desirable recombinants in marigold.

Keywords: Marigold, varieties, cluster, D2 Analysis, and Genetic Divergence

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Sangita Mahanta, Madhumita Choudhury Talukdar and Pranab Talukdar. 2019. Genetic Divergence Studies in Marigold (Tagetes erecta).Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(5): 8-12. doi:
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