Numerical taxonomic studies of the East African Highland bananas (Musa AAA-East Africa) in Uganda
INIBAP, 1998 - 192 pages
The purpose of this study was to determine the variation pattern that exists in the East Africa Highland bananas (Musa AAA) grown in Uganda, estimate levels of dissimilarity caused by different growing conditions, and establish a flexible provisional classification and identification system. Techniques of numerical taxonomy were employed to determine the variation pattern and these included two difffferent coefficients, three different clustering methods, principal component analysis and classificatory discriminant analysis. Sixty one morphological characters were employed to determine differences among the 238 accessions available for the study; 192 accessions were from the national banana germplasm collections, 46 were from farmers' fields in selected sites. Phennetic classifications resulting from different analyses were compared with an independent subjective classification.
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