Characterization of Italian and exotic Lathyrus germplasm for quality traits

Eleonora Granati, Venturino Bisignano, Domenico Chiaretti, Paola Crinò, Gian Battista Polignano

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The aim of the following work is to characterize quality traits (protein, ashes, 100 seed weight and ODAP content) of 117 accessions of Lathyrus, from either Italian or foreign countries. Significant differences among entries were estimated for all traits and accessions were classified into similar genetic groups. Principal component and hierarchical cluster analyses produced five different groups. In particular, the absence of a strong association among the investigated traits and their dominant independent roles in each separate principal component allows the achievement of a useful recombinant in breeding work. An interpretation of each cluster, based on the data obtained from the accessions, provides practical information to establish a subset of grass pea collection for further activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273 - 280
Number of pages8
JournalGenetic Resources and Crop Evolution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Granati, E., Bisignano, V., Chiaretti, D., Crinò, P., & Polignano, G. B. (2003). Characterization of Italian and exotic Lathyrus germplasm for quality traits. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 50(3), 273 - 280.