African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6863

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of combining ability in brown sarson (Brassica rapa L.) under temperate conditions

Z. A. Dar, Shafiq A. Wani, Gulzaffar Mehfooza Habib*, G. Ali., P. A. Sofi, S. A. Dar and Asif M. Iqbal
Division of Plant Breeding and Genetics SKUAST-K, Shalimar, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 April 2013
  •  Published: 09 May 2013


A study was undertaken to estimate the combining ability in brown sarson through diallel analysis involving ten diverse genotypes. The combining ability analysis revealed significant mean squares for general and specific combining ability for all the traits studied. The estimates of variance due to dominance deviation () were much higher than the corresponding additive genetic variance () for all the traits. The predictability ratio was less than unity for all the traits which indicated that performance on general combining ability of parents alone would not be advisable to select materials in segregating generations, but a combination involving both general and specific combining ability of the parents and particular crosses along with their per seperformance would be more useful in selecting materials in the segregating generations. None of the parents revealed significant and desirable general combining ability effects for all the traits. The study of specific combining ability effects revealed that none of the crosses was a desirable specific combiner for all the traits under study. However, several cross combinations were observed to have highest desirable significant sca effects for these traits.


Key words:  Combining ability, general combining ability (gca), specific combining ability (sca), brown sarson.