Pearl Millet - Varietal Development And Maintenance

Open pollinated varieties are developed either by crossing two or more genotypes followed by further selection in subsequent generations or by using the composite populations. In the latter case the outstanding progenies from a composite are selected and crossed to form the variety which is subjected to further selection for few generations until it is stabilized. Sometimes varieties are also derived by mass selection within a composite population. The varieties are also formed by crossing the inbred lines which are tested for their combining ability. Such varieties, called synthetic varieties, are further ad


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