The potential of hybrid breeding for tolerance to sub optimum cold temperatures in melons

Samuel Mendlinger, Yvonne Ventura, Patrick Amuyunzu

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    Abstract

    In a program for understanding the response of melons to sub-optimum cold temperatures, we examined the potential of hybrid breeding for producing more tolerant cultivars. Seven cold tolerant open pollinated cultivars and six hybrid cultivars produced from them were screened for an array of vegetative, reproductive, appearance and quality traits. The hybrid cultivars proved to be more tolerant or produce an economically more favorable fruit than the open pollinated cultivars. Overall, a hybrid breeding program can be used to improve tolerance to suboptimum cold temperatures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationActa Horticulturae
    PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
    Pages401-405
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9789066059184
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996

    Publication series

    NameActa Horticulturae
    Volume434
    ISSN (Print)0567-7572

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