Genetic divergence studies in muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.)

  • G. Senthilvadivu Tamil Nadu Agricultural University


Thirty five muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) genotypes were evaluated in a randomized block design with two replications to check its genetic diversity. Based on D2 analysis these genotypes were grouped in to 11 clusters. Out of eleven clusters, cluster I was the largest, comprising of seven genotypes. Among 21 characters studied, fruit yield per vine (24.54 %) contributed maximum towards expression of genetic divergence followed by beta carotene (23.53%), fruit fly infestation (18.49%), total sugars (6.72%), sex ratio (6.39%) and seed yield per fruit (5.21%). Maximum  intra cluster distance was found in the cluster VII followed by XI, X and I.  The genotypes in the most divergent clusters VI and VIII could be used for hybridization programme to develop best performing hybrids.

How to Cite
Senthilvadivu, G. (2018). Genetic divergence studies in muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.). Electronic Journal of Plant Breeding, 9(3), 985-992. Retrieved from
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