Gedifew And Tsige


Gedifew and Tsige

Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 9(1), pp. 37-56, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Characterization and Evaluation of Sorghum [Sorghum
(L.) Moench] Landraces in Benishangul Gumuz, North-western Ethiopia


 Gedifew Gebrie (MSc)1
and Tsige Genet (PhD)2


Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia





Article No.: 123118187

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.1.123118187



Although sorghum is
an important cereal crop in Benishangul Gumuz, few studies have been
undertaken on existing diversity. Hence, the objective of this study was to
characterize sorghum landraces collected from five districts of north western
BGRS. Twenty-five sorghum genotypes including the local check (Emohay) were
tested in RCBD with three replications during the 20011/2012 rainy seasons at
Pawe to assess the presence and degree of variability for desired
morphological traits in sorghum landraces. Plots with two rows per plot each
5 m long with spacing of 0.75 m between rows, 0.15 m between plants and 1.5 m
between blocks (a plot area of 7.5 m2) was used. Analysis of
variance revealed significant differences among entries for most quantitative
Eleven landraces gave better grain yield
between 41.38 to
48.9 q/ha indicating the possibility of identifying
superior genotype to be selected among the landraces. Genotype 021pw-2010 was
the highest yielded (
48.9 q/ha) landrace.
The lowest GCV and PCV were obtained for days to maturity while the highest
PCV and GCV were obtained for plant height. Higher ratios of the phenotypic
variance to genotypic variance were recorded for days to flowering, days to
maturity, leaf length, leaf width, single leaf area, number of leaves, plant
height, head length, head width, head weight and grain yield indicating that
the traits will be highly influenced by the environment. Broad sense
heritability estimates for the traits ranged from 45.1% (for head weight) to
99.8% (for single leaf area). Grain yield showed higher significant positive
genetic correlation with days to maturity, head weight, head width and head
length, and a negative significant correlation with single leaf area and
number of leaves at phenotypic level. The high performing accessions of the
landraces screened in this study should further be evaluated under a wide
range of environments to find widely adapting landraces. The variability
observed in the study could be given emphasis while planning a breeding
strategy for increased grain yield. Collection, conservation and utilization
of available materials across BGRS must be given attention


Submitted: 31/12/2018

Accepted:  11/01/2019

Published: 31/01/2019



Gedifew Gebrie

E-mail: gebriegedifew.y@

Phone: (+251)946 45 44 37


Keywords: Variability; Heritability; Genetic Advance; Correlation; Path analysis.



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this Article:
Gedifew G;
Tsige G (2019). Morphological Characterization and Evaluation of Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] Landraces
in Benishangul Gumuz, North-western Ethiopia
. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(1): 37-56,

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