Article Id: ARCC2060 | Page : 220-223
Citation :- GENETIC DIVERGENCE IN FRENCH BEAN (PHASEOLUS VULGARIS L.) POLE TYPE CULTIVARSc.Legume Research-An International Journal.2010.(33):220-223
Manish K. Sharma, Smaranika Mishra1 and Neerja S. Rana2
Address : Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan-173 230, India.


Thirty three genotypes of pole type french beans obtained from India and abroad were
evaluated during Kharif, 2006 in Solan, Himachal Pradesh with the objective to genetically
evaluate these genotypes for important horticultural traits and to workout the genetic divergence
in the genotypes for further breeding studies. Significant differences were observed for all the
characters studied. The material was subjected to genetic analysis and further, based on
Mahalanobis D2 statistics, genotypes were grouped into six clusters, majority of which were
accommodated in cluster I, followed by cluster VI. Maximum intra cluster distance was in
cluster V followed by cluster I and the inter cluster distance was observed maximum between
cluster IV and V followed by cluster I and VI. Cluster mean for different characters revealed that
cluster V was the best of all from snap bean point of view and should be exploited in breeding
programme. Further, hybridization between cluster IV and V could be utilized for getting the
superior recombinants or transgress segregants in segregating generations


Genetic divergence French bean Pole cultivars Snap bean.


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