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  • Author: D. J. Ogunniyan x
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Multiple models have been used to examine stability in many crops, but little of such exits for kenaf. Relationship of stability estimates of various models reveals the importance of one or more estimates for reliable predictions of cultivar behaviour and stability. This study evaluated 33 kenaf genotypes across six location for core and bast fibre yield stability using four models. Kenaf were grown in a four row plot, 5 m each, at 0.2 m within row and 0.5 m between rows in the trial laid out in randomized complete block design with three replications. Twenty plants were randomly harvested per plot at 12 weeks after planting and processed to fibres. Dry core fibre weight (CFW) and bast fibre weight (BFW) were taken. Data collected were pooled across locations and subjected to analysis of variance. Genotypes stability were estimated using Finlay-Wilkinson, Wricke’s ecovalence (Wi), Kang’s rank sum and superiority index models. Correlations among the weights and stability models were performed. Significant differences existed in the genotypes (G) (p< 0.01), environments (E) and G×E for CFW and BFW. Partitioning the G×E showed that genotypes linear response and deviation from the mean were significant for CFW and BFW. Significant and positive correlation existed between Finlay-Wilkinson and Kang’s rank sum (0.570***), Wi (0.615***) and superiority index (0.582***) for CFW. Significant correlations also existed between the efficacy of Kang’s rank sum and Wi (0.569***), and with superiority index (0.779***). Kang’s rank sum correlated with Finlay-Wilkinson (0.345**), while Wi model had correlation with Finlay-Wilkinson (0.538**) and Kang’s rank sum (0.318**) for the BFW. All the models correlated with one another. Any of the models is sufficient to select stable genotypes in kenaf fibre yield breeding programmes.


Water stress is one of the major abiotic factors affecting crop growth and development at every growth stages. Effects of water deficit on the vegetative growth stage of four maize varieties consisting of two Quality Protein Maize varieties (ILE1OB and ART98SW6OB) and two drought tolerant checks (TZPBSR and DTESTRSYN) were evaluated under the screen house conditions at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (I.A.R & T), Moor Plantation, Ibadan. Maize seeds were sown in 20 L plastic pots filled with 15 kg top soil, which were subjected to four watering regimes of 25, 50, 75 and 100% field capacities (FC). The experimental design was a 4 × 4 factorial fitted into CRD with four replications. Data were collected on days to germination, number of leaves per plant, leaf area, plant height, stem diameter, leaf extension rate, biomass yield and water use efficiency. The result showed that days to germination were prolonged as the moisture availability decreases, while water use efficiency increased as the moisture level reduced. Reduction in moisture availability caused significant reduction in the other evaluated parameters. At 25% FC DTESTRSYN was superior in leaf area, number of leaves per plant, days to germination and water use efficiency, TZPBSR had highest values for stem diameter and biomass yield, while ILE1OB was superior in plant height, stem diameter, leaf and stem extension rate. ILE1OB competes favourably with the drought tolerant checks and performed better than ART98SW6OB. Adequate moisture condition is fundamental for normal growth and development in maize crops.