The net assimilation rates (NAR) of three genotypes of cotton differing in their growth habit were studied under different spacings. The NARs of a very bushy type, G 67, and a comparatively less spreading type, IAN 560, were the same but that of a compact type, IAN 579, was twice as much when the leaf area index (LAI) was one. Though subsequently in G 67 and IAN 560 NAR under varying spacings either decreased less rapidly or remained steady, the decrease was nearly Hnear with increasing LAI. However, for IAN 579 dependence of NAR on LAI was generally positive indicating genotypic improvement. Under different spacings the leaf-density dependance of NAR appeared to have been decreased in IAN 560, but was nearly absent in IAN 579 with more efficiency towards increasing the yield of seed cotton.