• Giuseppe Leonardo Rotino
  • Tea Sala
  • Laura Toppino


The eggplant is one of the most important solanaceous crops and is widely cultivated across the world for its fruits, mainly used as a vegetable. Wild relatives of eggplant have been shown to be important sources for transferring tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and other agronomically important traits in cultivated background. However, most of the wild relatives have shown partial cross-compatibility with the cultivated species. Efforts have been made to transfer alien genes controlling important traits into the cultivated gene pool of eggplant (S. melongena) using the sexual, somatic hybridisation and genetic transformation methods. Introgression lines and molecular markers have accelerated the identification of alien segments introgressed from wild species and helped assessing their impact on phenotypic expression. These approaches have opened new ways to solve constraints for accessing to the reservoir of alien alleles represented by the progenitors, allied and wild species of S. melongena. This chapter focuses on such developments and the major achievements made through alien gene transfer in eggplant.


Dihaploids Genetic engineering Genetic resources Linkage drag QTL S. melongena Somatic hybridisation 


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  • Giuseppe Leonardo Rotino
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  • Tea Sala
    • 1
  • Laura Toppino
    • 1
  1. 1.Consiglio per la Ricerca e Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, (CRA-ORL) Unità di Ricerca per l’OrticolturaMontanaso LombardoItaly

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