GENETIC STUDIES OF CUCUMIS MELO L. RESISTANCE TO MYROTHECIUM RORIDUM

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA
  • 2 Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory, ARS, USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705

Genetics of the host-pathogen interaction between Cucumis melo L. (muskmelon) and Myrothecium roridum were investigated by evaluating six populations: the parents, F1, F2, BCP1 and BCP2 of crosses between `Hales Best' (tolerant), `Perlita' (intermediate) and `Iroquois' (susceptible). A spore inoculation bioassay with detached-leaves was used to determine levels of resistance. Resistance was determined by measuring necrotic lesion diameter, chlorotic plus necrotic lesion diameter, and a subjective rating score. Parents and F1s had consistent performance while the segregating generations were inconsistent. Factors contributing to the response will be discussed.

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