BERC scientists characterize the Palestinian snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) germplasm diversity and structure using SNP and DArTseq markers

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Scientists from BERC have provided the first report on successful application of genotyping by sequencing to evaluate genetic biodiversity and population structure of Palestinian snake melon germplasm collection. The study showed that patterns of genetic diversity of snake melon landraces depend on their geographical source and unraveled the presence of two major local landraces (Sahouri, and Baladi). The study also provided evidence that the Palestinian landraces seem to have unique genes that may allow the enhancement of the global snake melon gene pool and developments of the plant production worldwide.

The results have been published in BMC Plant Biology journal (impact factor 3.93) Abu Zaitoun S. Y., Jamous R. M., Shtaya M. J., Mallah O. B., Imad S Eid I. S., Ali-Shtayeh M. S. Characterizing Palestinian snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) germplasm diversity and Structure using SNP and DArTseq markers. BMC Plant Biology (2018) 18:246. ttps://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-018-1475-2 https://bmcplantbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12870-018-1475…