Adventitious shoots were obtained from the diploid Diyarbakır watermelon cultivar "Sürme" by culturing cotyledons on shoot regeneration medium for 3 weeks. The effects of two cytokinins, benzyl amino purine (BA) and kinetine (Kin), on shoot organogenesis were examined. The number of shoots per explant were approximately more than 50% higher when 0.5 mg/l BA was used compared to the most effective kinetin concentration (1 mg/l). Plants were obtained by transferring 1 to 2 cm shoots to MS medium supplemented with 1-4 mg/l naphthalene acetic acid. Most of the regenerated plants (more than 50%) were successfully transplanted to the field. This demonstrates that in vitro propagation can be used to produce high quality diploid Diyarbakır watermelon for use in breeding lines.
PİRİNÇ, VEDAT; ONAY, AHMET; ADIYAMAN, FİLİZ; IŞIKALAN, ÇİĞDEM; TİLKAT, ENGİN; and BAŞARAN, DAVUT (2003) "Adventitious Shoot Organogenesis and Plant Regeneration from Cotyledons of Diploid Diyarbakır Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus cv. "Sürme")," Turkish Journal of Biology: Vol. 27: No. 2, Article 7. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/biology/vol27/iss2/7