Crop Breeding: The Salvage to National Economic Recession

C.V. Ilodibia


Lycopersicon esculentum and Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium (species of tomato) were crossbred to raise F1 so as to study the expression of heterosis or hybrid vigour for better improvement as a solution to national economic recession. This was done by emasculating L. esculentum using it as female parent and transferring ripe pollen grains from L. pimpinellifolium the male parent using artificial means. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was employed in data analysis. The results of the study showed that the F1 generation combined the characters of the parental species (L. esculentum and L. pimpinellifolium) and had improved genetic attributes such as increased yield better than the parental plants. This could result in improvement both in quality and quantity of tomato production thus aids in salvaging the nation economic recession.


Crossbreeding, hybrid vigour, economic recession, Lycopersicon esculentum and pimpinellifolium

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