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BACKGROUND Cultivated watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai var. lanatus] is an important agriculture crop world-wide. The fruit of watermelon undergoes distinct stages of development with dramatic changes in its size, color, sweetness, texture and aroma. In order to better understand the genetic and molecular basis of these changes and(More)
Watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai] is an important vegetable crop world-wide. Watermelon fruit quality is a complex trait determined by various factors such as sugar content, flesh color and flesh texture. Fruit quality and developmental process of cultivated and wild watermelon are highly different. To systematically understand the(More)
Sugar content largely determines watermelon fruit quality. We compared changes in sugar accumulation and activities of carbohydrate enzymes in the flesh (central portion) and mesocarp of elite sweet watermelon line 97103 (Citrullus lanatus subsp. vulgaris) and exotic non-sweet line PI296341-FR (C. lanatus subsp. lanatus) to elucidate the physiological and(More)
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