Study on genetic divergence in various genotypes of watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Mansf.].


  • U Singh
  • S Kumar
  • Archana -
  • Chaman -
  • K Yadav
  • SK Gola
  • Sidharth -



Watermelon, genetic diversity, genetic variability, tocher’s method


The results of the analysis of variance indicated that substantial genetic variability was present for yielding contributing characters. The intra-cluster distance was recorded as the highest for cluster 3 (49.75) which indicates the existence of maximum variability within this cluster. The inter-cluster distance was maximum between clusters 5 and 6 (94.81) which indicates that the genotypes included in these clusters are genetically diverse. So, it is desirable to select accessions from the clusters having high inter-cluster distance in the recombination breeding programs. The minimum inter-cluster distance was observed between cluster 1 and cluster 5 (50.92), indicating the close relationship among the genotypes included in these clusters. Based on yield and yield contributing characters, the genotypes viz., VRW-14, VRW-12, VRW- 20 and VRW-17 were found promising for the future improvement programme.


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Singh, U., Kumar, S., -, A., -, C., Yadav, K., Gola, S., & -, S. (2022). Study on genetic divergence in various genotypes of watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Mansf.]. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology, 13(13), 43–52.