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Legume Research, volume 41 issue 6 (december 2018) : 934-937

Inheritance studies on Fusarium wilt resistance in long duration pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]

Anil Kumar Singh, Dhirendra Kumar Singh, Rajeev Kumar, Mahendra Narain Singh, Ved Prakash Rai
1Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Submitted29-11-2016|

  • Accepted10-07-2017|

  • First Online 23-01-2018|

  • doi 10.18805/LR-3805

Cite article:- Singh Kumar Anil, Singh Kumar Dhirendra, Kumar Rajeev, Singh Narain Mahendra, Rai Prakash Ved (2018). Inheritance studies on Fusarium wilt resistance in long duration pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.]. Legume Research. 41(6): 934-937. doi: 10.18805/LR-3805.
Fusarium wilt (FW) is a major fungal disease of pigeonpea causing huge economic losses annually and breeding of FW resistant cultivars is essential as other control measures such as fungicides are expensive and harmful to environment. To understand the inheritance of FW resistance, nine populations each of F1, F2 and BCSF1 (F1 × susceptible parent) derived from crossing between three adopted but susceptible long duration pigeonpea cultivars (MA-6, MAL-13 and MAL-18) with three FW resistant lines (BSMR-846, BWR-23 and BDN-2029). All F1 plants were resistant to FW indicating the dominance of resistance. The ÷2 test for goodness-of-fit showed F2 segregation ratio of 13:3 (one dominant and one recessive), 15:1 (two dominant genes) and 3:1 (one dominant gene) in BSMR-846, BWR-23 and BDN-2029, respectively. The information generated on the genetics of FW resistance will be helpful in development of high yielding and stable wilt resistant, long duration pigeonpea varieties.
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