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Water melon



Research Virus resistance, seedless fruits
Field trials EU 1
USA 14
Approval None
Perspectives No immediate commercial use of GM-water melon is expected



Water melons are grown in tropical to subtropical regions. By far the largest producer is China, followed by Turkey, Iran, the USA and Egypt. Water melons are also grown in the European Mediterranean countries.



Water melon is a collective name for different subspecies from Citrullus lanatus (not to be confused with melon). In the desert it is grown as a water reservoir for man and animals. The fruit flesh is eaten raw.


Gene technology: aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Resistance against pathogens

  • Virus resistance: resistance against several virus types, including the Zucchini yellow mosaic virus.

Plant development


Field trials with GM water melons

Applications 1
Country Italy
Period 1999
Traits Yield increases
USA 14
Period 1994-2006
Traits Virus resistance, seedless fruits


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