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Flower development and pollen morphology in cucurbitaceae

AuthorsCaracuel, David G.; Castro López, Antonio Jesús; Cogolludo, Ana María; Enríquez, Carlos; Morales, José Carlos; Ruiz-Gámez, Irene; Ruiz Maldonado, María Victoria; Torreblanca, Sergio; Vicente, Guillermo; Zienkiewicz, Agnieszka; Zienkiewicz, Krzysztof; Alché Ramírez, Juan de Dios
Issue DateApr-2012
PublisherCSIC - Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ)
CitationHigh School Students for Agricultural Science Research. Proceedings of the I Congress PIIISA: 23-28 (2012)
AbstractUp to date, early flower development and the fundamental changes accompanying preand post‐fertilization in Cucurbitaceae (watermelon, melon, zucchini, cucumber….) have not been sufficiently described at the morphological level. Some varieties of Cucurbitaceae recently emerged as commercial trade, are generating a great success because of their high quality (they are very sweet), and their great agronomic value (large size, resistance to diseases, high yield, harvesting time...). Production of these fruits in the greenhouse requires the plants to be pollinated effectively. Bees and bumblebees are introduced artificially in greenhouses and usually carry out this duty. However, the efficiency of the process is not very high at present and farmers need it to be improved. This requires detailed knowledge of how pollen production takes place, how and when the female flowers reach their receptivity, and whether pollen is viable and can or cannot germinate as well as many other details of fertilization. The main aim of this work was to characterize the morphological stages of floral development in two plant models: watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) and zucchini (Cucurbita pepo), by analyzing some structural aspects of their flowers in detail.
DescriptionProceedings of the I Congress PIIISA celebrado en la Estación Experimental del Zaidín, Granada, el 26 de abril de 2012.
ReferencesHigh School Students for Agricultural Science Research. Proceedings of the I Congress PIIISA. https://digital.csic.es/handle/10261/86940
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