EFFECT OF MUTAGENS ON QUANTITATIVE CHARACTERS IN M3 GENERATION OF PEARL MILLET (PENNISETUM TYPHOIDES (BURN.F) STAPF. AND C.E. HUBB.)
A study was conducted to estimate the effects of gamma rays and ethyl methane sulphonate (EMS) on mutagenesis of Pearl millet. Gamma rays (10, 20 and 30kR) and EMS (20, 30 and 40mM) treatments were done to find out different quantitative traits viz., Days to first bloom, Plant height, Number of leaves, Number of nodes, Length of earhead, Breadth of earhead, 1000 grains weight, Yield per plant, Chlorophyll and carbohydrate content. These parameters were better in 20kR of gamma rays and 30mM of EMS when compared with the control and other doses/concentrations and higher doses decreased the parameters.
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