Morphological and physiological variation in kakrol (Momordica dioica Roxb.)

Mohammad Golam Rasul, Michikazu Hiramatsu, Hiroshi Okubo

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Twenty nine kakrol (Momordica dioica Roxb.) accessions and its one wild relative (M. cochinchinensis Spreng.), collected from different agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh, were evaluated for 29 morpho-physiological characters. Considerable variations were observed among the genotypes in which dissimilarity value ranged from 4.6 to 58.6. Cluster analysis based on this variation primarily classified dioica and chochinchinesis into two groups and formed five clusters in which one cluster contained 24 dioica accessions. No relationship was found between genetic divergence and geographical distribution of the accessions indicating no regional gene pool was responsible solely for clustering. Morpho-physiological variation is effective and hence proved its usefulness in classification of Momordica species. A kakrol descriptor is proposed which is to be used in characterization of kakrol cultivars or accessions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology


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