Procedure for Mass Selection

Mass selection method of plant breeding is carried out in the manner explained below. It is the general procedure; steps may vary depending upon certain factors.

Year Details
First year Plants with similar but desirable traits are selected from source population and their seeds are bulked. Alternatively we can rouge out the undesirable population and bulk the remaining.
Second year Seeds carried from first year planted in a preliminary yield trial along with standard varieties as checks. Selected plant types are critically evaluated for phenotype.
Third year to sixth year Co-ordinated yield trials of selected ones are conducted at several locations just to confirm that selection could perform in the similar manner at different locations within an agro-climatic zone.
Seventh year Mass selected variety is released if it is up to the expectation. Seeds are multiplied for distribution.

Advantages, disadvantages and applications of mass selection method are given on the page Mass Selection – Advantages and Applications