Screening of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes for drought tolerance on the basis of seedling traits

Irshad Ahmad*, Ihsan Khaliq, Abdus Salam Khan, Muhammad Farooq

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The studies were conducted to determine the genetic variability and correlation amongst root length shoot length, root-shoot ratio, shoot fresh and dry weight of wheat seedlings under normal and drought conditions for screening drought tolerant genotypes. Under drought condition root length, shoot length, shoot fresh and dry weight decreased by 26.19, 26.63, 44.26 and 58.78%, respectively. Significant and positive correlation was found among most of the seedling traits under both plantings except root-shoot ratio which exposed negative correlation with shoot length under both the conditions. Results revealed that all the seedling traits significantly differed among all genotypes of wheat under both environmental conditions. The varieties Chakwal-86, Chakwal-50 and line 6302 were screened as drought tolerant, while Faisalabad-08, Lasani-06 and Sehar-06 as drought susceptible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-382
Number of pages6
JournalPakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Correlation
  • Genotypic variability
  • Heritability
  • Varietal screening
  • Wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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