African Journal of Biotechnology

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Additive main effects and multiplicative interactions (AMMI) analysis of dry leaf yield in tobacco hybrids across environments

SM Sadeghi, H Samizadeh, E Amiri, M Ashouri


To determine the yield stability, adaptability and analyze the genotype×environment of Virginia tobacco, 15 hybrids of tobacco including 10 Iranian and 5 international hybrids were evaluated in two different experiments (water stress and normal irrigation) using a randomized completely block design (RCBD) with three replications at two locations including Rasht and Tirtash Tobacco Research Centers, during the growing season of 2006 and 2007 (eight environments). Additive main effects and multiplicative interactions (AMMI) analysis indicated that the dry leaf yield of genotypes were under the major environmental effects of genotype by environmental interactions. The first two principal component axes (PCA 1 and 2) were significant (p £ 0.01) and cumulatively contributed to 94.12% of the total genotype by environment interaction. The biplot technique was used to identify appropriate genotype to special locations. Results showed that hybrids PVH03, K394/NC89 and Coker254/NC89 with the lowest interaction, and hybrids ULT109, NC291, Coker254/Coker347 and VE1/Coker347 with the highest interaction were the most stable and unstable hybrids, respectively. Furthermore, hybrids Coker254/K394, NC291 and CC27 were more suitable for Tirtash in non drought stress condition and hybrids NC89/Coker347, K394/Coker347, Coker254/VE1 and ULT109 were more suitable for Rasht in drought stress condition.

Key words: Additive main effects and multiplicative interactions (AMMI), biplot, stability analysis, tobacco.

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