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Diallel analysis of maize inbred lines for carotenoids and grain yield

Euphytica (Impact Factor: 1.64). 01/2010; 182(3):395-404. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-011-0513-z

ABSTRACT Vitamin A deficiency causes xerophthalmia in preschool-aged children worldwide. The objective of this study was to estimate
the genetic parameters that would be useful in selecting parent plants for developing productive hybrids with higher levels
of provitamin A in the maize kernel. A complete 7×7 diallel mating scheme was used to generate 21 single-cross hybrids.
The F1 crosses and check hybrids were evaluated in complete block design across three different Brazilian environments, and carotenoid
content was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography. General combining ability effects were significant for all
traits except α-carotene This result indicates that the contribution of the additive effect was more important for provitamin
A and other carotenoids and, consequently that there is high chance of improving this trait through recurrent selection methods.
Line 3 produced the highest level of kernel provitamin A among the inbred lines evaluated and also demonstrated the potential
to contribute to the development of genetic materials with a good performance for provitamin A. Inbred lines 1, 6, and 7 showed
a higher concentration of favorable alleles for grain yield, and inbred lines 3 and 6 exhibited a higher concentration of
favorable alleles for β-carotene. Hybrid 1×3 performed well in terms of provitamin A and grain yield and combination 2×3
was the best performer in terms of lutein content.

KeywordsCarotenoids–Provitamin A–Grain yield–Maize–General and specific combining ability

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