Spain: Genetic study will help produce better quality melons

Producing better quality melons with guaranteed results before planting; this will be possible thanks to the “Melonomics” project, involving several research institutions from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, which previously sequenced this fruit’s genome.
 
The melon museum in Villaconejos, a town famous for the growing of this crop, hosted the presentation of the project, conducted by the managing director of Madrid’s Institute for Research and Rural, Agricultural and Food Development (IMIDRA), Ricardo Riquelme, and the chief researcher, Pere Puigdomenech, from the CSIC.
 
“Melonomics” is an initiative funded by Genome Foundation Spain, and in which various research institutions from Madrid, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia and Castilla-La Mancha have collaborated, along with five private firms. From the data collected, it will make it possible to generate varieties resistant to pests or soil stress.
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