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Growth, Quality and Nutritional Profiling of Kinnow Mandarin Augmented through Rootstocks under Agro-Climatic Conditions of Sargodha, Pakistan

Growth, Quality and Nutritional Profiling of Kinnow Mandarin Augmented through Rootstocks under Agro-Climatic Conditions of Sargodha, Pakistan

Akbar Hayat1*, Marayam Nasir2, Ehsan-Ul-Haque1, Muhammad Asim1, Sohaib Afzaal1, Shagufta Naz3, Muhammad Nawaz1, Abid Mahmood4, Faheem Khadija1, Fiaz Hussain1 and Tariq Mehmood5

1Citrus Research Institute, Sargodha, Pakistan; 2Horticultural Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad, Pakistan; 3Lahore College Women University Lahore, Pakistan; 4Chief Executive, Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB), Lahore, Pakistan; 5University College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Akbar Hayat, Citrus Research Institute, Sargodha, Pakistan; Email: akbar_saggu@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Citrus fruit production is getting much popularity throughout world, due to its high minerals and vitamin contents. The nutritional quality of citrus fruits primarily depends upon the selection of rootstock. Kinnow ‘Mandarin’ is a major citrus cultivar being cultivated in Pakistan. The current study aimed to investigate the nutritional status and growth and yield of Kinnow mandarin grafted on four overseas and two indigenous rootstocks in Pakistan. Experiments were conducted at experimental station of Citrus Research Institute, Sargodha from 2016 to 2020. Results revealed over all good adaptability, while no significant difference in juice contents was observed among all the tested cultivars. Physical quality of fruit (weight, firmness, size etc.,), and TSS were significantly affected by varying rootstocks. Cox mandarin was found as best cultivar as imparting maximum weight (180.7 g), size (74.10 mm), TSS (12.0 ⁰B). Overall, cox mandarin budded with Kinnow performed well under local climatic conditions of Sargodha Pakistan.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500

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