The genetic control of fruit morphology in Cucumis melo L.
Melon cultivars display a high polymorphism in fruit morphology traits. Based on several mapping works, quantitative trait loci (QTL) on chromosomes 1, 2, 3, 8 and 11 have been proposed to be responsible of an important part of this variability - QTL on chromosome 2 is due to pleiotropic effects of the sex expression gene a, however the genes underlying rest of QTLs are still unknown. The study of the co-location of QTL and known genes involved in tomato fruit morphology, members of CNR/FW2.2, SlKLUH/FW3.2 and OVATE gene families have been proposed as candidates for melon fruit morphology QTL.
Monforte, A.J. (2017). The genetic control of fruit morphology in Cucumis melo L.. Acta Hortic. 1151, 1-4
melon, diversification, QTL, fruit size and shape, candidate gene