The application of synthetic index method on superior variety selection of walnut

Gao HuanZhang; Wu Chu; Li ShenRu; Zhou RuiFeng

Scientia Silvae Sinicae 38(3): 171-176

2002


ISSN/ISBN: 1001-7488
Accession: 003963416

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Abstract
The main economic characteristics of 45 walnut species (Juglans regia) from Jianshi County, Hubei, China which include fruit weight, per fruit weight, per kernel weight, kernel rate, index of kernel catching, kernel weight, content of crude lipids, content of crude proteins, and content of soluble sugars, were analysed by principal component analysis according to the correlation matrix of samples. According to more than 91% of the cumulative variance proportion, six principal components and their function equations of the main economic characters of walnut were proposed. The relevant combinations of the principal components were proposed according to the trends of market requirement after the important values of the principal components were computed, and the synthetic evaluation indexes were built according to the arrangement of the excellent trees for different market aims. The results are similar to the actual phenotypes of excellent trees, suggesting synthetic index analysis is more scientific and simple than the traditional giving marks and single-charactered selection in evaluation of the main economic characters of walnut. The results provided theoretical basis for the selection and usage of walnut.