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Four open-pollinated cultivars of muskmelon (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud.) and five hybrids among them were grown with clear plastic mulch, black plastic mulch, and on bare soil to study genotype × mulch interactions for days to hermaphroditic flowering, days to fruit maturity, fruit soluble solids, fruit weight, and yield. Interactions were not significant for any trait measured, indicating that all genotypes responded similarly to mulch treatments. Diallel analysis showed that general combining ability (GCA) was greater than specific combining ability (SCA) for all traits measured, suggesting that additive variance was more important than nonadditive variance. Plastic mulches increased fruit maturity and total yields but reduced soluble solids content.

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