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Agro-morphological characterization and relationships amoung mustard germplasm (Brassica juncea [L.] Czern & Coss) in Sri Lanka: a classification tree approach

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SR Weerakoon ,

Department of Botany, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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S Somaratne

LK
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Abstract

An RT model (RT1) was constructed using 35 agro-morphological characters for 45 mustard (Brassica juncea) accessions. Based on the 'variable importance' of the model RT1, another model (RT2) was developed. These models were developed using classification and regression tree algorithms. The classificatory performance of the RT1 model was compared with RT2 model. RT1 and RT2 models classified the mustard accessions with misclassification rates of 2.3% (98% accuracy) and 4.3% (96% accuracy), respectively. The variable importance of RT1 and RT2 explained that leaf length (LLCM), hypocotyl length (HLCM), hypocotyl-anthocynin coloration (ACH) and leaf width (LWCM) at seedling stage and main inflorescence length (LMICM), silique length (SLMM) and seed yield/plant (SYDIVPG) at maturity stage play an important role in classifying mustard accessions. Comparison of RT1 with RT2 revealed that accuracy of classification made by RT1 is higher in predicting class memberships among mustard accessions. A large degree of variability within and between Sri Lankan mustard accessions has been observed for agro-morphological characters with respect to LLCM, HLCM, ACH, LWCM, LMICM, SLMM and SYDIVPG. The genetic diversity of certain mustard accessions such as Accession Numbers 346, 8658 and 9726 is too high and RT models failed to classify them correctly with acceptable accuracy.

Key words: Agro-morphological characters; Brassica juncea; Classification Tree Analysis; germplasm

DOI: 10.4038/jas.v5i2.2788

The Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2010, vol. 5, no 2 pp.89-97
How to Cite: Weerakoon, S. & Somaratne, S., (2011). Agro-morphological characterization and relationships amoung mustard germplasm (Brassica juncea [L.] Czern & Coss) in Sri Lanka: a classification tree approach. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 5(2), pp.89–97. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v5i2.2788
Published on 31 Jan 2011.
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