Isolation of unique (Deep lobed Papaya leaf shape) in Okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L) Monech] genotypes: Morphological and Molecular characterization
Pitchaimuthu M.*, Shankar K.V. Ravi, Vasudeo Chaudhari Ganesh, Sarika K.M., Gayathri M.
Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore-560 089, India
*Corresponding author: M. Pitchaimuthu, Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore-560 089, India, Email: muthu@email@example.com
Okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L) Moench] is tall annual dicotyledonous crop thought to be African in origin. Okra is rich in valuable nutrients, nearly half of which are soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins which help in lowering serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart diseases and other half are insoluble fibre which help in keeping the intestinal track clean and healthy. India is the largest producer of okra in the world with an area of 5,33,000 hectares, 6,346,000 mt production and productivity 11.9 mt/ha.(NHB-2014).