Rationale and Methods for Producing Hybrid Cucurbit Seed

  title={Rationale and Methods for Producing Hybrid Cucurbit Seed},
  author={Richard W. Robinson},
  journal={Journal of New Seeds},
  pages={1 - 47}
Summary Significant heterosis for earliness and yield has been reported for cucurbits. Many cucurbit genes for disease resistance are dominant, and F1 hybrids with resistance to some diseases may be developed from crosses with only one resistant parent. Hybrid cultivars are very important for cucumber, squash, melon, and watermelon. Heterosis has also been reported for Benincasa, Lagenaria, Luffa, Momor-dica, and Trichosanthes. Inbred lines without serious depression of vigor have been… 

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