Evaluation of Seed Yield of Nigerian Bambara Groundnut [Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.] Landraces under Varying Water Conditions


  • Dorcas Ropo ABEJIDE Federal University of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences, Minna Niger State (NG)
  • Olamide A. FALUSI Federal University of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences,Minna Niger State (NG)
  • Andrew S. GANA Federal University of Technology, Department of Crop production, Minna Niger State (NG)
  • Matthew O. ADEBOLA Federal University of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences,Minna Niger State (NG)
  • Oladipupo A.Y. DAUDU Federal University of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences,Minna Niger State (NG)
  • Bolaji Z. SALIHU National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Niger State (NG)




accessions; breeding; drought tolerance; water stress; yield


Seed yield of selected Nigerian Bambara Groundnut landraces under two varying water conditions was evaluated. Twenty eight (28) Bambara groundnut accessions were planted in a randomized complete block design with two treatments (Non-water stressed and Water stressed) and replicated five times. The experiment was conducted at the Experimental Garden of the Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State. The accessions were planted in planting bags during the cropping season of 2016 between July and October. The two treatments were rain fed until maturity except during the period of exposure to water stress where the water stressed plants were transferred to a screen house made with polyvinyl ceiling to prevent water during the flowering stage for two weeks. It was observed that water stress reduced the yield of the Bambara groundnut landraces by 47%. Accessions NGB-01646-B, NGR-NI-20-H  and NGB-01491 which had relatively high yield in the stressed and non- water stressed condition were considered  the most drought tolerant accessions and accession NGR-KG-02-C with low yield both in stressed and non-stressed conditions was identified as the most susceptible accession. Accessions which had high yield only in water stressed conditions could serve as elite line for Bambara groundnut for areas which have problem of drought. These drought tolerant accessions identified in the research can serve as potential parent lines in breeding programmes aimed at the development of drought tolerant varieties of Bambara groundnut.


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How to Cite

ABEJIDE, D. R., FALUSI, O. A., GANA, A. S., ADEBOLA, M. O., DAUDU, O. A., & SALIHU, B. Z. (2018). Evaluation of Seed Yield of Nigerian Bambara Groundnut [Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.] Landraces under Varying Water Conditions. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 10(2), 233–239. https://doi.org/10.15835/nsb10210238



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DOI: 10.15835/nsb10210238

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