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Research Project: Genetic Elements that Control Color Formation in Melon Fruit

Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research

Project Number: 8062-21000-047-04-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2018
End Date: Jul 31, 2020

The objectives of this cooperative research are: 1) to generate melon mapping populations that segregate fruit flesh color; 2) to identify QTLs associated with fruit flesh color; 3) to carry out QTL fine-mapping; and 4) to identify genetic elements that control fruit flesh color.

Melon varieties with orange and white fruit flesh color will be crossed to generate mapping populations. DNA from bulks of the two extreme phenotypes will be sequenced and analyzed to identify QTL regions. The potential candidates will be identified through fine QTL mapping and molecular analysis. Their roles in controlling fruit flesh color will be confirmed via transformation in plants.