Farmers’ Participatory Plant Breeding for Improvement of Basmati rice (Oryza sativa L.)
Molecular Biology Laboratory, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut–250 110, UP, (India).
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In an effort made to breed improved varieties of basmati rice, additional information through participatory plant breeding were also collected. Both farmers and plant breeder were involved in selection at F5 and F6 levels. The selections made by the farmers were evaluated at farmers' field at three locations for one year. Such selections were further evaluated by plant breeder in station trials. Most of selections made by the farmers were good yielders with fine grains and early maturing but poor in quality. Finally, all such genotypes were rejected due to poor quality except poor yielder MAUB-15. However, MAUB-162 line selected by the breeder was released for commercial cultivation (Vallabh Basmati-22) in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.