ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 63 Number 1
Female fertility and seed set in Dioscorea alata L.
By adopting staggered planting the synchronization of flowering in male and female Dioscorea alata L. was obtained, and through hand pollination a capsule set of 80.1% and a seed set of 47.5% were achieved. The lack of natural seed set is attributed to non-synchronization of flowering between male and female plants, absence of natural pollinators and the practice of cultivating a single clone in localized areas by farmers. The seed production and successful raising of seedling populations in D. alata is reported for the first time.
Keywords: Dioscorea alata; Staggered planting; Synchronization; Female fertility; Seed set; Seedlings