SODIUM AZIDE INDUCED MUTATIONS FOR QUALITY SEEDS IN CAPSICUM ANNUUM L.
The genetically pure seed of Capsicum annuum (2n=24) were treated with different doses of Sodium azide, a most chemical mutagen. One hundred and fifteen promising mutants were selected in M2 generation and were investigated for number of capsules per plant, number of seeds per capsule, size of the seeds and weight of 100 seeds.
Sodium azide induced large variability for these characters. The number of seeds per capsule varied over 18 to 84 while the weight of 100 seeds was in the range of 0.5 to 1.3 gm. These mutants also exibited high germination percentage and vigour over parental variety.