6 Morphological Mutations

Alterations in the morphological pattern of any type, through mutagens, are regarded as morphological mutations. Morphological mutations affecting important plant attributes in many cases prove to be promising from breeder’s point of view. Morphological mutants play a vital role in modifying the characteristics of cultivars for the construction of ideotype, and ultimately, lead to development of new variety of crops. For the development of improved varieties such mutants were found to be more productive, when used in cross breeding (Pawar et al., 2000). Several morphological mutants based on different plant forms, leaf, maturity, pod and seed characters were reported with the application of single and combination treatments ...

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