Performance of genotypes in crosses of egusimelon (Colocynthis citrullus L ).

  • P E Ogbonna
  • I U Obi
Keywords: Egusi melon, (<i>Colocynthis citrullus</i>, hybrid.


Crosses were made among seven inbred lines of Egusi melon (Colocynthis citrullus L.), White, Blue, Elongated, Sewere, OV-I, W.SE and B.SE. The parents and the progenies (F1, F2 and BCs) were evaluated for some growth and yield attributes. The white inbred parent was found to have the highest seed yield among the parents. The F1s were also found to perform better than their parents in the yield attributes. The hybrid (OV-I x W.SE) had the highest seed yield/plant. Delayed seedling emergence and flowering influenced seed yield negatively while large number of branches/plant and vine length enhanced seed yield/plant. All other yield attributes correlated positively with seed yield/plant, an indication that any of them can be used as an index for selection for seed yield in the crop.

Keywords: Egusi melon, (Colocynthis citrullus, hybrid.

> Agro-Science Vol. 6 (1) 2007: pp. 17-24

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