, 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.

Communicated by A.L. Kahler