Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 1:39 (article 35) 1978
Interspecific Crosses of Cucumis Species
J. D. Norton
Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn, AL 36830
Interspecific crosses among Cucumis melo, C. metuliferus, and C. anguria have been attempted over a ten year period. In greenhouse experiments one cross of C. melo x C. metuliferus was accomplished. Further attempts to make this cross resulted in an occasional fruit set with normal fruit and seed development. However, the embryos aborted before seed maturity. Embryos were removed before abortion and grown to maturity.
In growth chamber tests, crosses among C. melo, C. metuliferus, and C. anguria were made. Different environmental conditions were required to effect crosses of C. anguria and C. metuliferus with C. melo than for the reciprocal cross.