Biosynthesis and perception of melon aroma Academic Article uri icon


  • The melon (Cucumis melo L.) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes many economically important species and genera, such as cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.), watermelon [Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai], pumpkin and zucchini (Cucurbita pepo L., Cucurbita maxima Dush., Cucurbita moschata Dush.)(Whitaker and Davis 1962). The center of origin of melons is considered to be in eastern tropical Africa, south of the Sahara Desert (Whitaker and Bemis 1976). Domestication began thousands of years ago and primitive cultivars sympatric to wild plants have been observed in Sudan (Keimer 1924; Mohamed and Yousif 2004). The high polymorphism of fruits in cultivated melons has led botanists to propose different intraspecific classifications. In 1859, the French botanist Charles Naudin, using mostly living plants grown in the gardens of the Natural History …

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  • August 29, 2016