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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2016, Article ID 2796720, 14 pages
Research Article

Variability Assessment of Aromatic and Fine Rice Germplasm in Bangladesh Based on Quantitative Traits

1Genetic Resources and Seed Division, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Gazipur 1701, Bangladesh
2CIAT, HarvestPlus, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
3Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur 1706, Bangladesh

Received 20 September 2015; Revised 2 February 2016; Accepted 29 February 2016

Academic Editor: António Amorim

Copyright © 2016 M. Z. Islam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The study was conducted to investigate genetic variability among 113 aromatic and fine local rice genotypes of which five were exotic in origin. The test genotypes were evaluated for 19 growth traits, yield components, and yield. All the quantitative traits varied significantly among the test genotypes. High heritability along with high genetic advance was observed for flag leaf area, secondary branches per panicle, filled grains per panicle, grain length, grain breadth, grain length breadth ratio, and 1000 grain weight. Such findings suggested preponderance of additive gene action in gene expression for these characters. Grain yield was significantly and positively correlated with days to flowering, days to maturity, panicle length, filled grains per panicle, and 1000 grain weight. According to cluster analysis, 113 test genotypes formed 10 clusters. Selection of parents from the clusters V and X followed by hybridization would possibly result in desirable heterosis for the development of heterotic rice hybrids. Finally, molecular characterizations of the studied germplasm are required for high resolution QTL mapping and validating the presence of candidate genes responsible for valuable characters.