Validating the physiological potential of zero monopodial compact cotton TCH 1819 culture by chemical manipulation

Rakavi, B ; Jeyakumar, P ; Chandrasekhar, C N; Vijayalakshmi, D ; Kumar, M ; Arul, L ; Boopathi, N Manikanda


Cotton is the most important global cash crop which controls economy of many nations. Global sustainability of cotton yield is one of the major challenges for meeting impending threats under climate change. Though India is one among the leading countries in cotton production, the supply is not enough considering the increasing demand. Scientists across the Globe are indulged in developing new lines and cultures with capacity to produce more yields. In this context, here, we have made an attempt to study the growth, physiology, and yield traits of cotton culture - TCH 1819 before its release (now released in the name of CO 17) by different chemical treatments. Observation on the leaf gas exchange traits, leaf parenchymal cells distinguished the source sink relationship of the culture. Chemical manipulation by growth retardants reduced the gibberellins content and modified the foliage structure. By characterizing the physiological potential through manipulation by growth retardant (Mepiquat chloride (0.015 %)) increased the yield by 30%. The traits identified in this study are potential indicators in breeding programme before releasing the variety.


Abiotic stress; Chlorophyll index; Drought stress; Gibberellins; Leaf architecture; Mepiquat chloride; Source sink relationship

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