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Hull-Less Oil Seed Pumpkin

  • Tamás Lelley
  • Brent Loy
  • Michael Murkovic
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 4)


Pumpkin is one of the oldest domesticated crops of the Neolithic revolution (Smith 1997; Piperno and Stothert 2003), and pumpkin seeds are consumed as a snack in many cultures throughout the world. Since the bitter flesh of wild Cucurbita species is usually inedible, very likely seeds were the first parts of pumpkin eaten by humans (Whitaker and Bemis 1964).

In the volume ‘Vegetables I’ of the ‘Handbook of Plant Breeding’ two separate chapters are dealing with ‘Pumpkin and Winter Squash’ (Ferriol and Picó 2008) and ‘Summer Squash’ (Paris 2008), respectively. Most of the relevant information on breeding cucurbits as vegetables is handled in those two chapters. Hull-less oil seed pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo), however, is a specialty oil crop of Central Europe with a number of specific problems not covered by those chapters, which justifies an in-depth treatment of the subject in the present contribution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agrobiotechnology TullnUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Food Chemistry and TechnologyGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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