Bassam Ibrahim Alsayed*(1) Ahmad Majed Jalloul(1) and Nasr and Sheikh Suleiman(1)
(1). Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria.
(٭Corresponding author: Eng. Bassam Ibrahim Alsayed. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received: 07/12/2018 Accepted: 31/01/2019
This research was carried out at Al-Ghab, Hama Province, during the two agricultural seasons 2016 and 2017, to study the effect of some rootstocks on productivity quantitatively and qualitatively. The experimental design was randomized completely blocks design. The hybrid muskmelon Palmeta F1 was grafted on three rootstocks namely; Forza F1, Jawad F1, and Lagenaria siceraria. Mol, in addition to the control, and each treatment replicated 4 times. The results showed that grafting contributed to a significant increase in the average of total productivity and marketing, which attained the highest values in the plants grafted on pumpkin rootstock Lagenaria siceraria. Mol (5.85, 5.29 tons/dunum) compared to the control (2.33, 1.98 tons / dunum), respectively. Also, the grafted plants showed a significant increase in the thickness of the cortex, the size of the seed cavity and the firmness of the fruits. The chemical content of the fruits showed a significant decrease in the ratio of dry matter and total soluble solids of the plants that were grafted on the Jawad F1, and pumpkin Lagenaria siceraria. Mol rootstocks compared with the control and the plants that were grafted on Forza F1 rootstock. While the fruits of the grafted plants had high content of vitamin C compared to the control which gave the lowest value (12.49 mg/100 g).
Keywords: Muskmelon, Grafting, Rootstocks, Productivity, Vitamin C.
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