Studies on morphological characteristics of ber (Ziziphus mauritiana L.) genotypes
The study was carried out to characterize morphological parameter of twelve Z.
mauritiana genotypes using randomized block design with three replications during the year
2017-18 and 2018-19 at Department of Horticulture, University of Agricultural Science,
Raichur 584104, Karnataka. The results revealed a significant variability across the Z.
mauritiana genotypes for all the characters under study exception of thorn base width. Low to
comparatively moderate environmental variations for the characters were observed from
1.98% to 16.85%. Among the genotypes, Chhuhara and Mehrun showed excellent thorn
characteristics and produced chocolate brown colour fruit, round fruit base, less numbers of
fruit drop and highest number of fruits per kg. Thus, these recognized genotypes might be
considered as prominent for growing or further utilization as a source of desirable gene in
future for Z. mauritiana improvement.