African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 718

Full Length Research Paper

Genotype × season interaction and characters association of some Sesame (sesamum indicum L.) genotypes under rain-fed conditions of Sudan

Salah Balla M. Ahmed1* and Abubakri  F. Ahmed2        
1Gedaref Agricultural Research Station, Gedaref, Sudan. 2Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science, P. O Box 449, Gedaref, Sudan.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 October 2011
  •  Published: 06 January 2012


The experiment was carried out at Gedarif Agricultural Research Station Sudan, during the rainy seasons 08/09 and 09/2010, to estimate the genotype x season interaction and to asses the characters association for seven sesame genotypes. A randomized complete block design with four replicates was used. The parameters were days to 50% flowering, days to maturity, plant height, number of capsules/plant, seed yield/plant (g) and seed yield/ ha (Kg).  All characters showed highly significant differences at the genotypic level, the days to 50% flowering and to maturity revealed significant differences at both seasons and the G × S interaction levels, whereas the seed yield / plant showed significant differences at the season level .Gedaref -1 out yielded the overall mean by 26.15%. In both seasons, the seed yield (kg/ha) was significantly and positively correlated with days to maturity, plant height, number of capsule/plant, seed yield/plant at both the genotypic and the phenotypic levels. From this study: to improve seed yield in sesame, emphasis should be made on selection tallest plants with more capsules and high yielder genotypes.


Key words: G x S interaction, correlation coefficients, characters, sesame genotypes.