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Chen Jiang, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Guoying Ma and Christopher Gunter

Annual consumption of muskmelon ( Cucumis melo reticulatus ) is 4.1 kg/capita in the United States ( USDA-ERS, 2012 ). Muskmelon is a good dietary source of provitamin A, vitamin C, and folate ( Hodges and Lester, 2011 ), but its consumption in the

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Xiaofeng Yang, Gang Li, Weihong Luo, Lili Chen, Shaopeng Li, Ming Cao and Xuebin Zhang

Muskmelon ( Cucumis melo L.) is one of the most important high-value crops in protective cultivation. In China, the planting area of muskmelon was 42 × 10 4 ha with the fruit yield exceeded 1400 × 10 7 kg in 2013. Nitrogen plays an important role

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Xiaofeng Yang, Lianzhu Chen, Ming Cao, Xuebin Zhang and Shaopeng Li

absorption and assimilation of nitrogen in vegetables and improve the agricultural utilization efficiency of nitrogen ( Ardjasa et al., 2002 ; Mohammad and Naseem, 2006 ; Zhu and Chen, 2002 ). Muskmelon is one of the most important economic crops in

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Robert L. Long, Kerry B. Walsh, David J. Midmore and Gordon Rogers

A common practice for the irrigation management of muskmelon (Cucumis melo L. reticulatus group) is to restrict water supply to the plants from late fruit development and through the harvest period. However, this late fruit development period is critical for sugar accumulation and water stress at this stage is likely to limit the final fruit soluble solids concentration (SSC). Two field irrigation experiments were conducted to test the idea that maintaining muskmelon plants free of water stress through to the end of harvest will maximise sugar accumulation in the fruit. In both trials, water stress before or during harvest detrimentally affected fruit SSC and fresh weight (e.g., no stress fruit 11.2% SSC, weight 1180 g; stress fruit 8.8% SSC, weight 990 g). Maintaining plants free of water stress from flowering through to the end of harvest is recommended to maximise yield and fruit quality.

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Dominique Lacan and J.C. Baccou

Respiration, C2H4 production, lipid composition, and electrolyte leakage were monitored during ripening of two nonnetted muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) varieties differing in their storage life: `Clipper' (a long-storage-life variety) and `Jerac', which was used as a control. Respiration rates were comparable in both varieties. Although `Jerac' exhibited normal climacteric C2H4 production, `Clipper' continued to produce significant amounts of C2H4 until senescence. Electrolyte leakage increased with ripening and was always higher in `Jerac'. The loss of membrane integrity seems to be related to changes in the lipid composition due to a breakdown of phospholipids, an increase of sterol synthesis, and an increase in fatty acid saturation. On the contrary, in `Clipper', the absence of a major change in sterol and phospholipids content and the high level of fatty acid unsaturation suggest that membrane permeability is not greatly affected during ripening. This is consistent with the low loss of solutes measured and may delay senescence in `Clipper' fruit.

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Gary R. Cline, John D. Sedlacek, Steve L. Hillman, Sharon K. Parker and Anthony F. Silvernail

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles are important insect pests of cucurbits and vectors of the causal agent of bacterial wilt ( Erwinia tracheiphila ), the most serious disease threat of muskmelon in Kentucky ( Hoffman, 1998 ; Rowell et al., 2002

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Juan Pablo Fernández-Trujillo, Gene E. Lester, Noelia Dos-Santos, Juan Antonio Martínez, Juan Esteva, John L. Jifon and Plácido Varó

domestica ), atemoya ( Annona × atemoya), peach and nectarines ( Prunus persica ), mango ( Mangifera indica ), pepper ( Capsicum sp.), watermelon ( Citrullus lanatus ), muskmelon, citrus ( Citrus sp.), and many other fruit ( Matas et al., 2004 ; Opara

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Bielinski M. Santos, Camille E. Esmel, Silvia Slamova and Elizabeth A. Golden

, summer squash, or muskmelon with strawberry. Reusing plastic mulches may increase cost-effectiveness while reducing environmental impact and the risk of economic failure during a year of low-market demand for a crop grown alone ( Brown et al., 1985

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P.R. Johnstone, T.K. Hartz and D.M. May

range of California vegetable crops, including muskmelon and honeydew. However, the ability to reduce Ca-mediated disorders through Ca application under representative field conditions has generally been reported to be poor. Misaghi and Matyac (1981

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Jason M. Lilley and Elsa S. Sánchez

four rows per whole plot; two treatment rows flanked by two guard rows. Table 1. Field preparation practices and dates in 2013 and 2014 for plasticulture (PL) and strip tillage (ST) plots in both the summer squash and muskmelon experiments at Rock