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Kazim Mavi and Ibrahim Demir

melon seeds. Melon seeds are either sown directly or as transplants. Although the optimum temperature for melon seed germination is between 25 and 35 °C ( Bates and Robinson, 1995 ), during transplant production in modules, the temperature range is often

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W. Patrick Wechter, Amnon Levi, Kai-Shu Ling, Chandrasekar Kousik and Charles C. Block

) and muskmelon (also called cantaloupe or melon) ( Cucumis melo ). Records show that nearly two billion pounds of muskmelons were produced in the United States in 2008 with a market value of $371 million ( USDA, NASS, 2009 ). Pest and disease pressures

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Ariana Torres, Petrus Langenhoven and Bridget K. Behe

The United States is one of the leading producers and consumers of melons in the world, with a 2016 production of 880,000 t (excluding watermelons). From 1992 to 2011, domestic production of melons was at an all-time high ( USDA-ESMIS, 2018 ); yet

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John C. Beaulieu

Examples from various harvest regimes, storage regimes, cultivars and different packaging methods are presented to characterize volatile ester differences after cutting and how changes occur in characteristic flavors throughout the postharvest life of certain cut fruit products. In many fresh-cut cantaloupe cultivars and in honeydew, there was a relative increase in nonacetates and coinciding relative decrease in acetates during storage. A similar and consistent nonacetate:acetate ester ratio was conserved in cantaloupe from eastern and western U.S. regions, as well as different cultivars from the same field. Furthermore, similar ratios were observed in many melon cultivars over multiple years from different seasons and growing regions. Since many cultivars exhibited similar trends in 2-year repeated studies, the trend is apparently independent of year and season. Fresh-cut `Gala' apples, on the other hand, displayed a slightly different trend whereby both acetates and nonacetate esters decreased appreciably during storage. The hypothesis is put forward that recycling of esters during storage in certain fresh-cut fruits disturbs the delicate fine balance of characteristic volatiles. Consistently decreasing acetates along with increasing nonacetates could alter the overall perceived desirable flavor attributes during fresh-cut melon storage, even though volatile esters are still abundant.

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M. Helena Gomes, Randolph M. Beaudry and Domingos P.F. Almeida

Melons are large fruit whose preparation requires slicing and disposal of the rind and seeds. Therefore, convenience of consumption is valued in this fruit and, not surprisingly, fresh-cut melons account for a major part of the growing fresh

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Diánez Fernando, Santos Milagrosa, Carretero Francisco and Marín Francisco

experiment, testing the ability of four T. harzianum isolates to control charcoal rot ( Macrophomina phaseolina ) of melons, Trichoderma treatments increased the total yield by 5.8% to 8.9% compared with the untreated control. Recently, Diánez et al

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James D. McCreight

by the California Melon Research Board. Mention of a proprietary product in this paper does not constitute endorsement of the product by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page

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James D. McCreight, Hsing-Yeh Liu and Thomas A. Turini

known to transmit 111 virus species ( Jones, 2003 ). Six sweetpotato whitefly-transmitted begomoviruses of melon ( Cucumis melo L.) have appeared in commercial melon fields in the southwestern United States, western Mexico, and Central America since

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Giuseppe Colla, Carolina María Cardona Suárez, Mariateresa Cardarelli and Youssef Rouphael

., 2009 ). Nevertheless, few published data are available concerning the N efficiency in grafted vegetable crops ( Pulgar et al., 2000 ; Ruiz and Romero, 1999 ). Ruiz and Romero (1999) , studying N metabolism in grafted melon plants, observed that the

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Wenjing Guan, Xin Zhao, Danielle D. Treadwell, Michael R. Alligood, Donald J. Huber and Nicholas S. Dufault

Melon is a crop with diverse fruit characteristics. According to the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants, C. melo is divided into 16 groups within two subspecies: C. melo ssp. melo and C. melo ssp. agrestis ( Burger et