ISSN: 0041-3216

ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 63 Number 1
Research Papers
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