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Research Article

Genetic studies for yield and related traits in micro and macrosperma exotic lentil genotypes

Received: January 23, 2020
Accepted: January 29, 2020
Published: February 03, 2020
Genet.Mol.Res. 19(1):


Correlation; Lentil; Macrosperma; Microsperma; Path Analysis.


Lentil is an annual crop belonging to Leguminoseae (Fabaceae) family. Lentil yield include elevated protein essence, and identified the third-greater intensity of protein of any nut, subsequent to soybean and drugs ranges of grain protein substance varies from 22% to 34.6% (Callaway et al., 2009). Masoor is generally used as dense leather, broth and mixed with crops to manufacture bakery products (Zia ul Haq et al., 2011). In Pakistan lentil is cultivated on 14.2 thousand ha with overall production of 6.4 thousand tons and yield 5.23 kg/ha in 2016-17 which is far less than other countries. In the previous years lentil area has been drastically decreased which happen due to low economic return of lentil as compared to other Rabi crops (Anonymous 2016-2017).

Lentil is a short, cylinder; many branched annual legume and generally have a bushy growth which may range from fairly erect to more spreading in habit. On the basis of seed size lentil species are usually divided into two main groups microsperma with small rounded seeds, 2-6mm in diameter, yellow or orange cotyledons and testa of various colours from pale yellow to black whereas, macrosperma with larger more flattened seeds, which normally have yellow cotyledons and a pale green testa which may be speckled. As the seed size increases pods/plant decreases, it adversely affects the seed yield. Usually longer reproductive growth period has been shown by Large seeded genotypes as compared to small seeded genotypes. So it is necessary to study the variability regarding seed size in the available germplasm (C. Webb and G. Hawtin 1981).

Materials and Methods

The experiment was designed in RCBD having two replications during rabi 2016-17. Each line were provided accommodations in two rows of 4 m length each spaced at 30 cm. The recommended management practices were followed to raise a healthy crop. Data was recorded on Plant height (cm), pods/plant (#), branches/plant (#), 100 seed weight, First pod height (cm) and seed yield (kg/ha). The qualitative characters e.g. plant type, seed testa colour, cotyledon colour, seed shape and prominent property (No. of pods per node). Data was analysed statistically to work out heritability, genotypic (GCV) and phenotypic (PCV) coefficients of variation as per standard methods. Genotypic and phenotypic coefficients of correlation were analysed by Al-Jibouri et al (1958). The correlations were further partitioned into direct and indirect effects as given by Dewey and Lu (1959).

Results and Discussion

The general mean, range and various parameters related to genetic variability present in Table 1 showed that adequate differences were present in the germplasm for plant height, first pod height, branches/plant, pods/plant, 100 seed weight and seed yield per plant. This variability can be exploited efficiently to develop bold seeded lentil genotypes having bold seed size and high yield potential by hybridization and selection. Phenotypic coefficient of variation (PCV) was the maximum for yield followed by pods/plant, plant height and first pod height whereas branches/plantand100 seed weight had low estimates of PCV. Comparable trend was detected for genotypic coefficient of variation (GCV) for nearly all characters; however they were somewhat low as compared to PCV. These results were comparable with the outcomes of Rao and Yadav (1995).

Character Mean Range GCV (%) PCV (%) h2 (%)
Plant height (cm) 43.31 26.50-56.00 38.18 41.40 0.922
No. of branches per plant 14.64 7.50-30.00 31.90 33.03 0.967
No. of Pods per plant 85.24 16.00-218.00 2781.02 2915.34 0.954
First pod height 26.07 16.00-41.50 34.47 36.28 0.950
100-seed weight (g) 2.74 1.31-3.43 0.22 0.218 0.993
Seed yield per plot (kg/ha) 170.82 101.0-476.0 4767.31 4770.06 0.999

Table 1: Genetic variability for seed yield and component characters in large and small seeded exotic genotypes of lentil

The heritability estimate was the highest for seed yield (99.9%), followed by 100 seed weight and branches/plant. Pods/plant and first pod height showed moderate heritability, whereas plant height showed low estimates of heritability. High estimates of heritabilityfor100 seed weight and seed yield were also observed earlier by Virand Gupta (1998). Though high heritability indicates the effectiveness of selection on the basis of phenotypic performance, it does not show any indication of the amount of genetic progress for selecting the best individuals Table 2.

  PH NOB NOP FPH Yield 100sw
PH 1.00000 0.06838 -0.20740 0.39153 -0.31160 -0.16951
NOB   1.00000 0.38360 -0.05703 0.16970 0.15180
NOP     1.00000 -0.45031 0.47267 0.01293
FPH       1.00000 -0.60310 0.16514
Yield         1.00000 -0.40685
100sw           1.00000

Table 2: Genotypic (G) correlation coefficients in large and small seeded exotic genotypes of lentil.

Phenotypic and genotypic coefficients of correlation among various characters are given in Table 3. At phenotypic level, seed yield was highly significantly and positively associated with pods/plant whereas, it was non-significantly associated with no. of branches. It was highly significantly and negatively correlated with all other characters. The phenotypic correlation coefficients were generally less as compared to genotypic correlations and the trend was parallel, which specified the inherent affiliation between the traits and hiding possessions of environments on the genotypic correlations. Whereas doing indirect selection on the basis of interrelated response for grain yield, proper statistical design and tools should be used to decrease confusing effect of environmental features and their collaboration with lentil genotypes.

  PH NOB NOP FPH Yield 100sw
PH 1.00000 0.06368 -0.19576 0.36188 -0.29940 -0.16027
NOB   1.00000 0.37548 -0.05159 0.16660 0.15053
NOP     1.00000 -0.43409 0.46282 0.02334
FPH       1.00000 -0.58902 0.16206
Yield         1.00000 0.40476
100sw           1.00000

Table 3: Phenotypic (P) correlation coefficients in large seeded exotic lines of lentil.

The conclusions gained from path coefficient analysis on phenotypic and genotypic points taking yield as dependent variable and further traits as independent variables are offered in Table 4. Seed yield (0.226) is positively and directly affected by pods/plant and branches/plant (0.140) and plant height (-0.209), first pod height (-0.344) and 100 seed weight (-0.410) exhibited negative direct effect on seed yield. Although seeds per pod had negative direct effect on seed yield but it had positive indirect effect on seed yield through harvest index. Pods/plant and first pod height had also positive indirect effect on seed yield via no. of branches. Similar observations were also recorded by Yadav et al. (2003). The negative contribution of plant height and first pod height specifies that our selection standards should be concentrated on short stature genotypes to increase yield.

  PH NOB NOP FPH 100sw
PH -0.20911 0.00956 -0.04691 -0.13459 0.06945
NOB -0.01430 0.13983 0.08676 0.01960 -0.06219
NOP 0.04337 0.05364 0.22616 0.15479 -0.00530
FPH -0.08188 -0.00797 -0.10184 -0.34375 -0.06766
100sw 0.03545 0.02123 0.00292 -0.05677 -0.40968

Table 4: Direct (in bold) and indirect effects at genotypic (G) and phenotypic (P) level of different component characters on seed yield in large seeded lentil.

Dugassa et al. (2014) estimated the contribution of the inconsistency in harvest, genetic advance and heritability lentil. Data was collected under RCBD for 12 morpho-agronomic traits. The heritability fluctuated from 4.3% (hundred seed weight)-94.3% (days to emergency) for the 12 characters and for plant height, days to appearance, biomass yield, pods/plant were more than 60%. Singh et al., (2009) investigated that seed/pod and pods/plants decreases when the seed size is increased which adversely affected plant yield as they observed the two groups of lentil regarding macrosperma and microsperma. 63 large seeded diverse advanced breeding lines were obtained from ICARDA to study variability and association. In the germplasm, sufficient variability existed for days to flowering, pods/plant, plant height, biological yield, seed yield, 100 seed weight and harvest index. 100 kernel mass, yield index in addition to seed harvest had extraordinary heritability as well as pods for each plant with reasonable heritability as well as high genetic development. Seed yield was negatively direct correlated with the days to flowering, 100 seed mass while extreme shortest consequence on kernel harvest was experiential by crop index, biological harvest, seeds for each pod and pods for every plant Table 5.

Qualitative Parameters
Entries plant type prominent property Seed testa cotyledon colour seed shape
31101 Erect 3 pods/node Spotted brown Yellow bold
31102 Bushy 3 pods/node Spotted brown Yellow bold
31103 Bushy 3 pods/node spotted light brown Yellow bold
31104 Bushy 3 pods/node spotted orange Yellow bold
31105 Bushy 3 pods/node Spotted brown Yellow bold
31106 semi erect 3 pods/node Orange Yellow bold
31107 semi erect 3 pods/node spotted orange Yellow bold
31108 Bushy 3 pods/node light brown Yellow bold
31109 Bushy 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow Bold
31110 Bushy 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31111 Bushy 3 pods/node light brown Yellow bold
31112 semi erect 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31113 semi bushy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31114 Bushy 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31115 semi erect 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31116 semi erect 3 pods/node spotted brown Orange normal
31117 Busy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31118 Busy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31119 Busy 3 pods/node light brown light orange bold
31120 semi bushy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31121 semi bushy 3 pods/node Creamy bright yellow bold
31122 Bushy 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31123 Bushy 4 pods/node light brown Yellow bold
31124 semi erect 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31125 Bushy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31126 semi erect 3 pods/node spotted brown Yellow bold
31127 semi erect 3 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31128 semi erect 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31129 semi erect 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31130 semi erect 4 pods/node spotted creamy Yellow bold
31131 semi erect 3 pods/node Orange Orange medium bold
31132 Bushy 3 pods/node spotted light brown Yellow bold
31133 Bushy 4 pods/node spotted creamy Yellow bold
31134 Bushy 4 pods/node Creamy Yellow bold
31135 Bushy 3 pods/node light brown Yellow bold
31136 semi erect 3 pods/node Brown Yellow normal

Table 5: Different traits of exotic lentil germplasm studied during 2017/2018 cropping season under natural environmental conditions at PRI, AARI, Faisalabad

After the study of correlation and path coefficient analysis, it can be concluded that no. of branches and pods/plant are important yield contributing traits. Hence, during selection of required genotypes for higher seed yield in bold seeded lentil these should be considered. Meanwhile lentils developed under the declining moisture circumstances in Rabi season, short stature with maximum no. of pod bearing branches should also be taken into account for future breeding programs.

Out of 36 exotic entries, plant type of 19 entries was bushy, 13 were semi-erect type, 3 genotypes were of semi-bushy and only one was of erect type. One of prominent property of these genotypes was its no. of pods per node. Generally lentil crop has 3 pods/node but in this germplasm 12 entries were found with 4 pods/node. As we talked about type of seed testa following types of variations were found; spotted brown, spotted light brown, brown, spotted orange, spotted dark orange, creamy and spotted blackish grey. Similarly, seed shape of these genotypes were also studied, seed shape of 1 genotype was of medium bold seeded, 2 entries were found normal and rest of 33 bold seeded. Usually lentil seed has orange cotyledon colour. It is preferred in Pakistan, out of these 36 genotypes, 32 were of yellow coloured cotyledon, 1 has bright yellow, 2 has orange and only 1 light orange.

A lot of variation was also found in cotyledon colour, following categories were found in cotyledon colour e.g. 17 genotypes were of creamy colour, 5 were light brown, 5 were spotted brown, 2 spotted light brown, 2 spotted orange, 2 orange, 2 spotted creamy and only one of them was of brown colour.


From the above study it can be concluded that seed size is negatively associated with yield potential of exotic genotypes. So, while selection for hybridization we should concentrate on genotypes having medium seed size with high yield potential.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

About the Authors

Corresponding Author

Sadia Kaukab

Pulses Research Institute, Ayub Agriculture Research Institute (AARI), Faisalabad, Pakistan

[email protected]


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