Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 511–522 | Cite as

Univariate and multivariate analysis performed on bio-agronomical traits of Cucumis melo L. germplasm

  • C. Lotti
  • A. R. Marcotrigiano
  • C. De Giovanni
  • P. Resta
  • A. Ricciardi
  • V. Zonno
  • G. Fanizza
  • L. Ricciardi
Research Article


A large collection of melon (Cucumis melo L.) germplasm has been established at the Section of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Bari University (Italy). In the present work, data regarding the variation of 20 bio-agronomical traits recorded on entries and landraces collected in Albania and Apulia region (Southern Italy) are reported. The main objective of the study was to assess and describe, by means of univariate and multivariate analyses, the genetic diversity in the collection composed by genotypes classified in the Inodorus and Cantalupensis groups. The results obtained showed a large variation for all the traits examined. Furthermore, it was possible to identify valuable genotypes for future breeding programmes aimed at improving melon traits, particularly for the Inodorus group, which is an important crop in many Southern Italian sites. Genotypes of interest were especially selected for earliness and lateness, fruit shape, soluble solids content, storage time and fruit firmness.


Cluster analysis Cucumis melo Germplasm variation Melon Principal component analysis 



This work was supported jointly by the special projects “Risorse genetiche per il miglioramento di specie di interesse e per un agricoltura sostenibile” granted by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Policy (MiPAF) and “Interreg III A—SIAB Project—Nuovo Programma di Prossimità Adriatico” granted by the European Union.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Lotti
    • 1
  • A. R. Marcotrigiano
    • 2
  • C. De Giovanni
    • 2
  • P. Resta
    • 2
  • A. Ricciardi
    • 1
  • V. Zonno
    • 2
  • G. Fanizza
    • 2
  • L. Ricciardi
    • 2
  1. 1.Facoltà di Agraria, Dipartimento di Scienze Agro-Ambientali, Chimica e Difesa VegetaleUniversità di FoggiaFoggiaItaly
  2. 2.Facoltà di Agraria, Dipartimento di Biologia e Chimica Agro-Forestale ed Ambientale, Sezione di Genetica e Miglioramento GeneticoUniversità degli Studi di BariBariItaly

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