Assessment of growth and yield of some high-and low-cyanide cassava genotypes in acid ultisols of south eastern Nigeria

  • DA Okpara
  • EU Mbah
  • EI Chukwu


Thirty-eight high and low cyanide cassava genotypes were evaluated for growth and yield. The experiment was fitted in a randomized complete block design with three replications. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed significant difference (P ≤ 0.05) in growth and yield parameters, indicating strong genetic variations among the genotypes. Significant (P ≤ 0.05) highest average storage root weight of 1.5 and 1.8 kg were obtained from TMS 94/0035 (high cyanide cassava genotype) and TMS 98/0505 (low cyanide cassava genotype), respectively. Correlation analyses indicated significant (P ≤ 0.05) and positive associations between number of storage roots per plant, average storage root weight and root yield in the two types of cassava genotypes tested, indicating that the parameters are good indices that can be improved upon during breeding and selection to enhance root yield. Four high cyanide cassava genotypes (TMS 99/2123, TMS 96/1642, TMS 98/0068 and TMS 94/3200﴿ were outstanding in fresh root yield performance. To improve fresh root yield in cassava, the inter-relationships among the various agronomic character of the cassava genotypes demands appropriate attention. The study gives more information on the improvement of fresh storage root yield of cassava.

Keywords: High cyanide cassava genotypes, low cyanide cassava genotypes, correlations, growth, yield

African Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 13(5), pp. 651-656, 29 January, 2014

Author Biographies

DA Okpara
Department of Agronomy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
EU Mbah
Department of Crop Production Technology, Federal College of Agriculture, P. M. B. 7008, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
EI Chukwu
Department of Agronomy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria

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