Combining ability analysis was conducted for yield components and quality attributes in
soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.). Both additive as well as nonadditive gene effects were
present. However, the ratio of nonadditive/additive gene effects showed the preponderance
of nonadditive gene action for the expression of all the 14 traits under study. The genotypes
viz. PK 416 and Pk 564 were the best general combiners for most of the yield and quality.
traits. The high performing crosses for important characters like pods per plant, yield per
plant, oil content and protein content showed that in general these crosses involved low X
low, medium X low and high X low general combiners. The low X low crosses giving high
sca values may be due to the genetic diversity of the parents and non allelic interaction.
Keywords: Soybean, combining ability, gene effects.
Article DOI: NA
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906
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