Screening for resistance to Didymella bryoniae in rootstocks of melon

P. Trionfetti Nisini, A. Buzi, E. Granati, G. Chilosi, P. Crinò, P. Magro

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Glasshouse evaluations of rootstocks of melon for resistance to Didymella bryoniae were conducted on different cucurbits previously selected as resistant or partially resistant to race 1,2 of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis. Cucumis anguria, C. ficifolius, C. figarei, C. metuliferus, C. zeyheri and Benincasa hispida showed a very high degree of resistance to D. bryoniae both on leaves and stems. Among the commercial rootstocks, Cucurbita hybrids ELSI, ES 99-13, RS 841, displayed a similar level of resistance. Stem inoculation of three cucurbit species grafted with susceptible melon cv. Proteo determined the occurrence of limited symptoms, but the lesions remained confined in the rootstock not affecting the grafted plant. Cultivation of susceptible melon cultivars grafted on resistant rootstocks may represent an efficient method for controlling Didymella crown rot and Fusarium wilt. © 2000 Wiley. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231 - 234
Number of pages4
JournalEPPO Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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Nisini, P. T., Buzi, A., Granati, E., Chilosi, G., Crinò, P., & Magro, P. (2000). Screening for resistance to Didymella bryoniae in rootstocks of melon. EPPO Bulletin, 30(2), 231 - 234.