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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: A review of production systems on watermelon quality

Authors
item Davis, Angela
item Webber, Charles
item Perkins Veazie, Penelope
item Russo, Vincent
item Lopez Galarza, Salvador - U. POLITÉCNICA DE VAL.
item Sakata, Yoshiteru - NIVTS, JAPAN

Submitted to: Cucurbitaceae Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 12, 2008
Publication Date: May 5, 2008
Citation: Davis, A.R., Webber III, C.L., Perkins Veazie, P.M., Russo, V.M., Lopez Galarza, S., Sakata, Y. 2008. A review of production systems on watermelon quality. In: Pitrat, M., editor. Cucurbitaceae 2008, Proceedings of the IXth EUCARPIA, May 21-24, 2008, Avignon, France. p. 515-520.

Interpretive Summary: Melons, squash, cucumber, and their relatives are an important food source around the world and contain many phytonutrients important in the human diet. In some countries most of these crops are grown in greenhouses or hoop houses; many times they are grafted or grown from transplants. In the United States, these plants are rarely grafted or grown in hoop houses, but transplanting is common across many geographical and climatic regions in America. With an increased interest in phytonutrient content in fruits and vegetables, scientists have started looking at environmental factors affecting fruit quality. This review attempts to summarize what has been written about cultural methods and quality issues in these crops.

Technical Abstract: Cucurbits are an important food source around the world and contain many phytonutrients important in the human diet. In some countries most of the cucurbits grown are in greenhouses or hoop houses; many times they are grafted or grown from transplants. In the United States, cucurbit grafting and hoop house culture is rare but transplanting is common across many geographical and climatic regions in America. With an increased interest in phytonutrient content in fruits and vegetables, the U.S. cucurbit industry is starting to look at environmental factors affecting fruit quality. This review attempts to summarize what has been written about cultural methods and quality issues in cucurbits.

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