Cotyledonary explants of melon (Cucumis melo L. cv. Galia) regenerate primordia and buds in vitro induced by benzyladenine. The anti-gibberellin ancymidol can stimulate the rate of regeneration on melon explants in the presence of benzyladenine. Concentrations of benzyladenine plus ancymidol that are individually ineffective can act synergistically to stimulate regeneration. Gibberellic acid reduces the rate of regeneration induced by benzyladenine or benzyladenine plus ancymidol. Chemical names used: N-(phenylmethyl)-1H-purine-6-amine (benzyladenine); alpha-cyclopropyl-alpha-(4-methoxy-phenyl)-5-pyrimidine methanol (ancymidol).
Hypocotyl explants of three cultivars of melon (Cucumis melo L.) (cvs. Revigal, Topmark and Kirkagac), and a cucumber (C. sativus L. cv. Taoz) rapidly directly regenerated multiple shoots on Murashige and Skoog medium augmented with 4.4 μm benzyladenine. Regeneration from the hypocotyl resulted in nearly 100% diploid shoots, whereas regeneration from the cotyledons resulted in 40% to 70% polyploid regenerants. Regeneration from cotyledon explants of melon cv. Revigal required light, whereas regeneration from hypocotyl explants of melon cv. Revigal occurred in both light and darkness. Direct regeneration also occurred from the hypocotyl of cucumber cv. Taoz in both light and darkness, even though cotyledonary explants did not regenerate buds or shoots under the same conditions. This is the first report of regeneration from the Cucumis genus producing a fully diploid plant population.