The domestication ofcucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)

  title={The domestication ofcucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)},
  author={Michael H. Nee},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  • M. Nee
  • Published 1 July 1990
  • Biology
  • Economic Botany
The genusCucurbita consists of about thirteen species or species groups. “Squashes” have been domesticated independently from five of these thirteen taxa. The wild ancestor for one domesticated squash was identified in the 1930’s, ancestors for two others were determined in the 1980’s, but the wild ancestors of the other two domesticates remain unknown. 

Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds (Cucurbita L.) of North America

  • H. Kates
  • Biology
    North American Crop Wild Relatives, Volume 2
  • 2019
Ex situ and in situ conservation of these species that includes phenotypic assessments are needed to better utilize the wealth of genetic resources available for pumpkin and squash crop improvement.

Multidisciplinary studies in Cucurbita maxima (squash) domestication

Morphological and anatomical analyses were conducted on seeds, pericarps and peduncles for reconstructing squash size and shape evolution under domestication, and the results suggest the presence of hybrid forms.

Breeding Squash and Pumpkins

Although Cucurbita cultigens are considered highly outcrossed under natural conditions, they can be highly inbred without readily apparent inbreeding depression, and are often classifi ed in breeding books along with other self-pollinating crops.

Cultivar-Groups in Cucurbita maxima Duchesne: Diversity and Possible Domestication Pathways

The striking domesticated Brazilian accession MAX24 intermediate between cultigens and ssp.

Genetic Resources of Pumpkins and Squash, Cucurbita spp.

Pumpkins and squash, Cucurbita species, can be found in fruit and vegetable markets almost everywhere and are primarily grown for consumption of their young or mature fruits, seeds, extraction of oil from the seeds, and ornament.

Race-specific response of Cucurbita germplasm to Pseudoperonospora cubensis

The host range of Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the causal agent of cucurbit downy mildew, includes many taxa of the Cucurbitaceae. Little is known of the interactions of this pathogen with wild and

Ethnobotany of the wild Mexican Cucurbitaceae

This paper presents the results of a survey on the ethnobotany of the wild Mexican Cucurbitaceae. The sources of information were fieldwork in different regions of Mexico, as well as herbarium

Cucurbita Plants: From Farm to Industry

The habitat, cultivation, phytochemical composition, and food preservative abilities of Cucurbita plants are covered.

Origin and domestication of Cucurbitaceae crops:insights from phylogenies, genomics and archaeology.

Insights on cucurbit domestication from new phylogenies, archaeology, and genomic studies are reviewed, suggesting that an annual life cycle may have contributed to domestication.



South American Squash and Gourd Bees of the Genus Peponapis (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

These studies of the squash and gourd bees indicate that the development of domestic Cucurbita involves 2 centers of origin in South America and 3 in North America, and the generic assignment of P. gyrosa is questioned.

History and Distribution of the Cultivated Cucurbits in the Americas

Abstract All species of Cucurbita (which includes squashes, pumpkins, and the common, small, yellow-flowered gourds) are native to the Americas. Their center of origin lies in Mexico where most of

The squash and gourd bees—genera Peponapis Robertson and Xenoglossa Smith—inhabiting America north of Mexico (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

Bees of the genera Peponapis and Xenoglossa gather pollen exclusively from species of Cucurbita and are represented in America north of Mexico by 11 species, indicating that these bees are important and efficient pollinators.

The Potatoes of Bolivia: Their Breeding Value and Evolutionary Relationships

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Origin(s), evolution, and systematics ofCucurbita pepo (Cucurbitaceae)

The possibility exists that C. pepo was domesticated independently in eastern U.S., as well as in Mexico, which is in line with recent archeological findings, and multiple domestications are also supported by allozyme data indicating a substantial divergence within the species.

Development of buffalo gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) as a semiaridland starch and oil crop

In this paper, over 75 references are analyzed to evaluate the potential of buffalo gourd as an energy, chemical-products, and food crop, and investigation ofbuffalo gourD as a novel crop for New Mexico's developing fuel ethanol industry is suggested.

Further notes on Cucurbitaceae: IV* Some New-World taxa

The New-World Cucurbitaceae badly need a thorough taxonomic revision along 'Flora Neotropica' lines, and the present paper is hardly more than a stop-gap pending the undertaking of such an account, but may be found of value to workers on the crop plants in the family as indicating the taxa most closely allied to the cultivated species.