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The Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding
Year : 2007, Volume : 67, Issue : 2
First page : ( 161) Last page : ( 165)
Print ISSN : 0019-5200.

Simultaneous selection of cultivars for yield and stability in crop improvement trials

Rao A. R., Prabhakaran V. T.

Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi 110 012.

Received:  April,  2004; Revised:  June,  2007; Accepted:  July,  2007.

Abstract

Assessment of cultivar performance in trials conducted across a range of locations and over years is often difficult because of the presence of significant location x year interaction. Methods for separation of environmental (location x year) variation into predictable and unpredictable components are available in literature. In the present paper an index, based on cultivar yield and the predictable component of environmental variance, MS(Y/L), is proposed for selecting cultivars simultaneously for high yield and stability. Two sets of rice data from All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Program, Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad, are used to illustrate the superior performance of the index method vis-a-vis the procedure advocated by Lin and Binns [2]. A user-friendly computer programme written in ‘C’ for judging promising cultivars is developed and available on request.

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