ASSESEMENT OF GENETIC DIVERSITY IN FORAGE OAT (AVENA SATIVA L.)
V. R. WAGH, A. H. SONONE AND S. V. DAMAME
AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri-413 722 (Maharashtra), India
*(e- mail : shivajidamame@gmail.com)
(Received : 16 September 2019; Accepted : 22 December 2019)

SUMMARY

The present study was conducted during winter season of 2016-17 with 27 diverse oat genotypes. On the basis of D2 values all the twenty seven genotypes studied were grouped into six clusters. Cluster I with ten genotypes emerged as the largest cluster followed by Cluster II and cluster III with seven genotypes each. Cluster IV, V and VI were solitary clusters. The highest intra cluster distance was observed for the cluster III containing seven genotypes, followed by cluster II containing 7 genotypes and cluster I containing 10 genotypes. The maximum (%) contribution towards genetic divergence was contributed by green forage yield followed by leaf/stem ratio and leaf length. The superior genotypes identified for hybridization for green forage yield improvement were Phule Surabhi, ROG-15-3, ROG-15-11, ROG-15-19, Phule Harita and ROG-15-24.

Key words:Forage oat, clusters, diversity