Performance of popcorn introductions for agronomic characters, grain yield and popping qualities in the forest and derived savannah agro-ecologies of Nigeria


  • Oloruntoba Olatayo OLAKOJO University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Gbadebo OLAOYE Department of Agronomy, University of Ilorin, P.M.B. 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Adewole AKINTUNDE Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, P.M.B. 5029, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria



grain yield, introductions, popcorn, popping, forest, derived, savannah, Nigeria


The study focus on the evaluation of popcorn lines for their yield and agronomic potentials. Genetic materials were evaluated under irrigation in a three-replicate in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with a commercial variety as check. Two seeds were planted per hole using two- row plots of 5 m long with inter and intra-row spacing of 0.75 m x 0.5 m, respectively in two locations viz: Ibadan and Ikenne representing the forest and savannah agro-ecologies of Nigeria respectively. Genotypes (G) differed significantly (ρ ≤ 0.01) for almost all the characters measured except for ear aspect. Location (L) as well as G x L interaction effects were also well pronounced on all agronomic characters measured except for days to silking and ears per plant. Popcorn 33-1-Y, large pearl shaped, Popcorn 40-Y and Popcorn 34-Y were high yielding with a potential of above 2.0 t ha−1. These materials were found to be fairly resistant to major foliar diseases of the tropical humid ecologies. They are recommended for further evaluation across different agro-environments for possible propagation by popcorn farmers in Nigeria to boost production.

Author Biography

  • Oloruntoba Olatayo OLAKOJO, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
    I serve as Graduate Research Fellow under Maize project at the Faculty of Agriculture.  I am currently on my PhD programme at the Department of Agronomy (specialized in Plant Breeding and Genetics.


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8. 10. 2019



Agronomy section

How to Cite

OLAKOJO, O. O., OLAOYE, G., & AKINTUNDE, A. (2019). Performance of popcorn introductions for agronomic characters, grain yield and popping qualities in the forest and derived savannah agro-ecologies of Nigeria. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 114(1), 53–60.

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