Breeding for yield and nutritive value in forage maize: An easy criterion for stover quality, and genetic analysis of Lancaster variety

A. Ferret, F. Casañas, A. M. Verdú, L. Bosch, F. Nuez

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    Abstract

    The maize populations BS13 (S2) C4 and Lancaster are compared with respect to their potential as forage maize. In light of the preliminary results, the Lancaster population was chosen for a more thorough study. The determination of NDF gave a sufficiently precise estimate of the stover digestibility within our experimental conditions. The heritability of stover and grain production was 0.59 and 0.30, respectively, whilst that of the stover NDF was 0.32. The additive genetic correlation between NDF and stover production, possibly attributable to the architecture of the plant, favours the selection of genotypes that produce more and better forage. © 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)61-66
    JournalEuphytica
    Volume53
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1991

    Keywords

    • forage maize
    • heritability
    • nutritive value
    • quantitative inheritance
    • stover
    • Zea mays

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