Phenotypic variation of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruit traits in Mali

  title={Phenotypic variation of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruit traits in Mali},
  author={Sebastiaan De Smedt and Kaat Alaerts and Amadou Mal{\'e} Kouyate and Patrick Van Damme and Geert Potters and Roeland Samson},
  journal={Agroforestry Systems},
We analyzed the phenotypic variation of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruits from Mali to define the domestication potential of this species. 269 trees, selected from 10 provenances distributed along a rainfall gradient, were characterized. Five fruits were sampled from each tree. Total individual fruit weight was partitioned into shell, pulp, and seed weight. Ratios were calculated between pulp + seed and total weight, and between pulp and seed weight. For all the measured fruit traits, we… CONTINUE READING
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