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Cucurbit Genetics and Genomics: A Look to the Future

  • Rebecca GrumetEmail author
  • Jordi Garcia-Mas
  • Nurit Katzir
Chapter
Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 20)

Abstract

The Cucurbitaceae family includes many high-value and flavorful crops consumed as vegetables, fruits, and seeds in diets throughout the world (Chap. 1, McCreight 2016). Crops such as squashes and pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo, maxima and moschata), cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), melons (Cucumis melo) and watermelons (Citrullus lanatus), make significant contributions to human nutrition. In the past decade we have seen tremendous progress with respect to genomic technologies, and cucurbit crops, with their small genome sizes [~367, 450, 385, and 400 Mbp for cucumber, melon, watermelon, and squash, respectively], have benefitted richly from these advances. The recent assemblies of draft genome sequences for the four major cucurbit species make it feasible to identify, characterize and utilize genes in ways that were not possible even a few years ago. This volume explored the genetic diversity of cucurbit crops, advances to unravel cucurbit genomes, and evolving applications of genomics to understand cucurbit growth, development and adaptation to their environments.

Keywords

Cucumis Citrullus Cucurbita Genetic resources Genetic diversity Genome structure Genomic databases Fruit development Fruit quality Phloem Sex expression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Grumet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jordi Garcia-Mas
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nurit Katzir
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of HorticultureMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UBBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)BarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Vegetable Research, Newe Ya‘ar Research CenterAgricultural Research OrganizationRamat YishayIsrael

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