Submitted to: Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report
Publication Type: Research Notes
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2011
Publication Date: 5/1/2012
Citation: Mccreight, J.D. 2011. Melon trait and germplasm resources survey 2011. Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. 33-34:29-31.
Technical Abstract: The Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee (CCGC), which operates under the auspices of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), is composed of ARS, university and industry scientists, and provides guidance to NPGS on matters relating to cucurbit crop and wild related species. The CCGC is responsible for all cultivated cucurbits (http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/cgclist. html). The CCGC Crop Report is available on-line and is periodically updated. The seed industry and public research communities have undergone major changes since the last update of the melon (Cucumis melo L.) section of the CCGC Crop Report. Moreover, changes in market demands and resource and regulatory constraints, further development of molecular technologies, and new production-limiting biotic and abiotic challenges warrant an update of the melon report. A two-part survey instrument is, thus, available for input by any person in any country with knowledgeable interest in melon production, utilization, breeding, genetics, or botany. Part 1 is concerned with fruit and plant traits of importance with emphasis on host pant resistance, fungal and viral pathogens in particular. Part 2 is focused on Germplasm Resources, from “germplasm,” which consists of wild or feral accessions and land races, to varieties and cultivars including F1 hybrids, and nine types of genetic stocks.