Journal of
Plant Breeding and Crop Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Plant Breed. Crop Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9758
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPBCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 409

Full Length Research Paper

Forage potentials of interspecific hybrids between elephant grass selections and cultivated pearl millet genotypes of Nigerian origin

Ekemini E. Obok1*, Micheal E. Aken’Ova2 and Godfrey A. Iwo1
  1Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria. 2Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 04 May 2012
  •  Published: 30 June 2012



This study was conducted to highlight the forage potentials of related Pennisetumspecies through interspecific hybridization. Non-reciprocal crosses were made involving two selections of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach) (♂), S.13 and S.15, and five cultivated pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) (♀) genotypes in Nigeria viz., DauroGero A, Maiwa 25-2, Maiwa 28-1 and Maiwa 94-2, in September 2009. In May 2010, germination test and preliminary screening for successful crosses were conducted. Successful hybrids with Dauro and Maiwa genotypes were transplanted to the field at 90 × 90 cm spacing for forage evaluation from June to December 2010. Three harvests, at six-weekly interval, were obtained from the plants cut at 30 cm above ground level. ANOVA showed significant differences (p = 0.05) between harvest intervals, plant height (cm) and dry matter content (%) of the hybrids, except dry matter yields (g/m2). Dry matter content of the hybrids negatively correlated with plant height (r = -0.434). Dry matter yield had significant positive correlation with plant height (r = 0.780). Maiwa 94-2 x S.13 and Maiwa 28-1 x S.13 were not significantly different (p = 0.05) as they out-yielded other hybrids in dry matter yields and were associated with satisfactory forage potentials.


Key words: Breeding genetics, dry matter yields, dry matter con