Inheritance of Resistance to Midge, Contarinia sorghicola Coq. in Sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench uri icon

abstract

  • Inheritance of resistance to sorghum midge, Contarinia sorghicola Coq. was studied on a set of 21 diallel crosses involving four midge-resistant and three susceptible sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench cultivars under natural midge infestation at Dharwad during the late rainy season (August to November) 1983. Both additive and nonadditive genetic variances were important for midge resistance. The parents, DJ 6514 and TAM 2566, proved as better general combiners. Mean performance of the parents and their general combining ability (GCA) effects were strongly correlated. Crosses with positive specific combining ability (SCA) effects in both F1 and F2 generations had at least one parent with high GCA effects and better per se midge resistance. Midge-resistant parents, DJ 6514 and TAM 2566, with high per se resistance and GCA effects should be utilized in breeding for midge resistance

publication date

  • 1988
  • 1988