The basic aim of this study is to evaluate the exotic lentil germplasm (BIGMP LIEN-MH-18) received from ICARDA. Economically desirable characters were studied and correlated to select the genotypes for the targeted breeding programme. Thirty-six lentil exotic entries were studied. The exotic genotypes 36102 and 36108 yielded 665 and 625 kg/ha respectively similar to our local recommended check (Punjab Masoor-09) that produces 884 kg ha-1 seed yield. There were high differences for the traits that were studied. The number of pods per plant, plant stand and first pod height were significantly (P < 0.05) associated with yield. The plant height was non-significantly associated with yield while number of branches was negatively and non-significantly associated with yield. Disease attack was negative and highly significant. This association of the characters could be used in future breeding programs to enhance the yield potential for exploiting the production of the lentil crop.
Key words: Lentil, correlation, exotic germplasm, yield
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