A new challenge in melon resistance breeding: the ToLCNDV case

Lampros Siskos, Lei Cui, Chen Wang, Richard G.F. Visser, Yuling Bai, Henk J. Schouten*

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Tomato leaf curl New Dehli virus (ToLCNDV) is a whitefly transmitted plant virus that is affecting European melon cultivation for over a decade. Since its first introduction in the Mediterranean basin the virus has been associated with significant economic losses including lower yields and cracked non-marketable fruits in Spain and other key cucurbits production areas. Since there is no chemical application against viral pathogens the focus is geared towards resistance breeding. Various QTLs associated with ToLCNDV resistance have been reported over the recent years in melon and other cucurbits. In the current review we summarize the latest advances in melon breeding for ToLCNDV resistance and present all relevant loci known so far in cucurbits. As a way forward in the future we propose an alternative to traditional resistance gene introgression breeding by exploiting the knowledge on genes that confer susceptibility to the virus in melon and other cucurbits.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2022


  • Breeding
  • Cucumis melo
  • Melon
  • Resistance
  • Tomato leaf curl New Dehli virus


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