Campus Units

Agronomy, Horticulture, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2007

Journal or Book Title

Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement: Vegetable Crops

Volume

3

First Page

271

Last Page

376

Abstract

The Cucurbitaceae is a remarkable plant family, deserving of attention because of its economic, aesthetic, cultural, medicinal, and botanical significance. In the Old and New Worlds, cucurbits have been associated with human nutrition and culture for more than 12,000 years (Brothwell and Brothwell 1969; Lira-Saade 1995). Thus, the Cucurbitaceae, along with the Brassicaceae and Asteraceae, can be considered families of extraordinary importance to humans, and they follow cereals and legumes in their economic significance to human economy (Whitaker and Davis 1962; Nayar and More 1998).

Comments

This is a chapter from Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement: Vegetable Crops 3 (2007): 271.

Rights

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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