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  • Author or Editor: Juan Pablo Arce-Ochoa x
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`Pavo', a commercially grown, virus-susceptible squash (Cucurbita pepo L.) hybrid, and two experimental virus-resistant transgenic squash hybrids, XPH-1719 and XPH-1739, were tested for field performance. The two transgenic squash hybrids possess the desired fruit and plant characteristics of their parental line, `Pavo', plus resistance to zucchini yellow mosaic virus and watermelon mosaic virus 2 (XPH-1719), and resistance to zucchini yellow mosaic virus, watermelon mosaic virus 2, and cucumber mosaic virus (XPH-1739). Percent emergence and days to flowering were similar among the three hybrids. XPH-1719 and XPH-1739 were equally effective in producing a high percentage of quality marketable fruit and yields with 90% and 13,800 kg·ha–1 and 87% and 16,500 kg·ha–1, respectively. XPH-1719 and XPH-1739 demonstrated their outstanding virus resistance over `Pavo' by producing only 3% and 14% symptomatic plants, respectively, compared to 53% for `Pavo'. They also produced the lowest percentage of infected fruit, 0% and 7%, respectively, with `Pavo' at 26%.

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Two of Asgrow's experimental virus resistant transgenic lines, XPH-1719 and XPH-1739, and their parental line, Pavo, a commercially grown virus susceptible hybrid, were tested for field performance at the Texas A&M University Experimental Farm in the summer of 1993. The two transgenic squash lines possessed the desired fruit and plant characteristics of Pavo plus resistance to ZYMV and WMV2 (XPH-1719), and resistance to ZYMV, WMV2 and CMV (XPH-1739). Under the conditions of this test it was determined that the two transgenic hybrids, were equally effective in producing high quality marketable fruits/ha with 89.64 % and 86.84 % respectively and marketable yields with 13,762 kg/ha and 16,525 kg/ha respectively. XPH-1719 and XPH-1739 also demonstrated their outstanding virus resistance by producing only 3.44% and 14.35% symptomatic plants/ha, and 0.00% and 7.17% infected fruits/ha respectively compared to 53.55% symptomatic Pavo plants/ha, and 25.73% infected Pavo fruits/ha.

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