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Indian Journal of Horticulture
Year : 1980, Volume : 37, Issue : 1
First page : ( 82) Last page : ( 87)
Print ISSN : 0972-8538. Online ISSN : 0974-0112.

Varietal Improvement of Dahlia By Gamma Radiation

Dube S., Das P. K., Dey A. K., Bid N. N.

Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited, Calcutta

Summary

Tubers of fourteen leading varieties of dahlia were irradiated with gamma rays with doses from 1–8 krad. The results indicated that with the increase in doses from 2 krad there was decrease in growth of tubers. While a sharp decrease was observed at 4 krad, 6 and 8 krad doses were found to be lethal. Although LD-50 was found between 3–4 krad, the optimum dose for the induction of mutation was found from 2–3 krad. Mutation frequency varied with dose as well as variety and the maximum number of mutants were found at 2 krad dose.

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