Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2020)
Pop-1: First ever popcorn open pollinated variety in Pakistan
Author(s): Waseem Akbar, Ghulam Murtaza, Aamir Hussain, Rana Abdul Hameed, Hafiz Muthher Javed, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Husnain Bhatti, Asrar Mehboob
Abstract: Popcorn is a delicious type of maize used for preparation of flakes. Its cultivation is very limited and is used just for eating purpose. It is interesting to note that there was no approved popcorn variety in Pakistan. Pop-1 is the first approved popcorn variety recommended for general cultivation. It was developed through recurrent selection focusing the popping expansion and grain yield. After its development it was evaluated in comparison with a local landrace in station trials as well in National Uniform Maize Yield trials across the country. It gave and higher yield than the check variety in station as well national Trials respectively. The variety was found to be moderately resistant to stalk rot caused by Fusarium moniliform during two seasons hence showed a stable resistance against the disease. Agronomic investigations revealed that the variety performed better on ridges with row to row distance of 75cm and plant to plant distance of 12.5cm during Kharif season while a plant to plant distance of 20cm during spring season was optimum for getting maximum grain yield. Approval this variety will result in provision of high quality popcorn in the country and will also reduce its import subsequently lowering the import bill.