Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 10:84 (article 44) 1987
Inheritance of Fruit Skin Color in Cucurbita moschata
R. W. Robinson
Horticultural Sciences Department, New York State Agricultural Experiment
Station, Geneva, NY 14456
Mature fruit of C. moschata cv. Long Neopolitan (PI 287531)
have mottled dark and lighter green skin, in contrast to the buff color
of 'Butternut'. The F1 of 'Butternut' x 'Long Neopolitan' had
green fruit, and the F2 segregated 90 green: 32 buff. Thus, green
skin color is due to a single dominant gene, designated G.
F2 fruit of 'Butternut' x 'Long Neopolitan' were weighed,
measured for length and maximum diameter, analyzed for soluble solids content
with a hand refractometer, and subjectively rated for flesh color. G
segregated independently of genes for fruit size and weight, soluble solids,
and flesh color.