26th International Horticultural Congress, Toronto, Canada, 11 - 17 August 2002, pp.299-304
Diverse germplasm is the basic material on which most breeding programs depend. The operation and reconstruction of the genotype depends upon the genepool. Several primitive varieties with superior genes are being eroded and it is feared that such valuable material may be lost and these types may become extinct in due course. There was a need to collect and evaluate specific P. vulgaris genes from our region. Ten genotypes were collected and evaluated in this study. These were evaluated for quantitative traits such as plant height, leaf size, leaf color, flower color, fruit color, fruit length.(cm), and yield per plant (g).