Optimum time for yield evaluation and selection in the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)
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Fakorede, M. A. B.
Three Deli dura x tenera crosses and five dura x tenera crosses plus a standard cross as check were evaluated for 20 years and the yield data were used to determine the optimum time for yield evaluation and selection in the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.). Phenotypic correlations and various regression models were the statistical tools employed in the study. The results showed that cumulative yield in the fifth to eighth year of production for number of bunches, fresh fruit bunch yield and mean bunch weight were the best predictors of time to optimal selection which was determined by the regression model as the 15th year of production for number of bunches and the 13th year of production for mean bunch weight and fresh fruit bunch yield. Thus, the breeding cycle in the oil palm would be a minimum of 12-13 years.
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES::Biology::Cell and molecular biology::Genetics
Oboh, B.O. & Fakorede, M. A. B. (1989). Optimum time for yield evaluation and selection in the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.). Oleagineux, 44(11), 509-513.