, Volume 86, Issue 2-3, pp 234-236

Estimation of components of genetic variance and heritability for flowering time and yield in gerbera using Derivative-Free Restricted Maximum Likelihood (DFRML)

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Summary

Additive genetic components of variance and narrow-sense heritabilities were estimated for flowering time (FT) and cut-flower yield (Y) for six generations of the Davis Population of gerbera using Derivative-Free Restricted Maximum Likelihood (DFRML). Additive genetic variance accounted for 54% of the total variability for FT and 30% of the total variability for Y. The heritability of FT (0.54) agreed with previous ANOVA-based estimates. However, the heritability of Y (0.30) was substantially lower than estimates using ANOVA. The advantages of DFRML and its applications in the estimation of components of genetic variance and heritabilities of plant populations are discussed.