Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2017)
Quality characters of diverse pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) genotypes of India with special reference to vitamin A content under eastern Himalayan region
Author(s): Ravi Kiran Thirumdasu and Ranjit Chatterjee
Abstract: Utilization of genetic diversity has been considered as the most important approach for nutritional security and crop improvement. Henceforth, thirty pumpkin genotypes from different parts of India were collected and evaluated for quality characters to diversify the food basket and crop improvement under eastern Himalayan region during three consecutive years (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17). The experimental findings recorded significant variation for leaf chlorophyll content (42.96-59.48, 34.28-53.79 and 29.27-46.35 SPAD values at 30, 60 and 90 DAT), dry matter (3.27-8.49 %), ascorbic acid (5.63-18.94 mg/100 g), TSS (5.61-10.62 °brix), fruit skin toughness (1871.60-4332.64 g/mm2), fruit skin thickness (2.29-4.63 mm) and vitamin A content (943.93-5950.28 IU). All the quality characters reported significant positive association with vitamin A content signifying scope of crop improvement. The genotypes PCB-10, PCM-18, PCM-20 and PCA-23 could be promoted in eastern Himalayan region owing to its’ high vitamin A (>4000 IU) content.
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How to cite this article:
Ravi Kiran Thirumdasu, Ranjit Chatterjee. Quality characters of diverse pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) genotypes of India with special reference to vitamin A content under eastern Himalayan region. Int J Chem Stud 2017;5(4):1662-1666.