Implications of Mating Behavior in Watermelon Breeding

  title={Implications of Mating Behavior in Watermelon Breeding},
  author={Rakesh Kumar and Mahendra Dia and Todd C. Wehner},
Understanding the natural mating behavior (selfor cross-pollination) in watermelon is important to the design of a suitable breeding strategy. The objective of this study was to measure the rate of selfand cross-pollination in watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai] using the dominant gene Sp (Spotted leaves and fruit) as a marker. The experiment consisted of two studies and was a split plot in a randomized complete block design with 3 years (2009 to 2011) and four locations… CONTINUE READING


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