Transformation in Muskmelon (Cucumis Melo L.)

  • G. Fang
  • R. Grumet
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 23)


Muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.), a tropical species that probably originated in Africa(Whitaker and Davis 1962), has become an important crop throughout the world. FAO statistics indicate that approximately 600 000 ha of melons was produced worldwide in 1988. Muskmelons are a high value crop, averaging approximately $7600/ha in the United States (USDA Agricultural Statistics Service). Although muskmelons are primarily eaten fresh as a dessert, they can be used in a variety of ways (McCreight et al. in press): immature fruits are consumed fresh, cooked, or pickled; mature fruits are canned, used for syrup, jam or juice, or eaten fresh; and the seeds are a source of unsaturated vegetable oil and protein. Muskmelon seeds and roots also have been used for medicinal purposes as an emetic (Schultes 1990).


Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Cocultivation Period Melon Genome Agrobacterium Concentration Muskmelon Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Fang
  • R. Grumet
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  1. 1.Horticulture DepartmentMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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