How rootstock/scion combinations affect watermelon fruit quality after harvest?

J Sci Food Agric. 2020 Jun;100(8):3275-3282. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.10325. Epub 2020 Feb 26.


Grafting of vegetable seedlings is a unique horticultural technology, practiced for more than five decades, aiming to overcome problems associated with intensive cultivation on limited arable land. Grafting can protect vegetables against soil-borne diseases and nematodes; against abiotic stresses such as high or low temperatures, salinity, drought or excessive soil-water content; and against elevated soil concentrations of heavy metals and organic pollutants. Watermelon is one of the most popular vegetables to be grafted, and more than 90% of the plants worldwide are commercially grafted. This mini review aims to summarize the latest available information about the effects of rootstock/scion combinations with respect to enhancing or impairing watermelon fruit-quality. A better understand of the influence of rootstock/scion compatibility or incompatibility on fruit-quality parameters will facilitate decision-making by growers and direct breeding programs to produce high-quality grafted fruits in a cost-effective manner. © 2020 Society of Chemical Industry.

Keywords: compatibility; costs; incompatibility; sensory properties; shelf-life; volatiles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Citrullus / chemistry
  • Citrullus / growth & development*
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Fruit / growth & development
  • Plant Breeding*
  • Plant Roots / chemistry*
  • Plant Roots / growth & development