Giant Pumpkin and Squash Projects
at Indiana Biolab during 1999

I have started an online diary for each project so the angels who provided seed can watch the progress. This is the index page for those projects.

All my 1999 projects were made possible by folks who saw interesting research potential in certain seeds and made them available to me. They have provided exciting sets of seeds. I expect to plant in the garden about May 15. All these pages are in early design phase. The experiments are still being planned. In many instances the seed is still being selected. I do not plan to enter any contests, but I am looking forward to eating plenty of pumpkin. My interests are primarily genetics and good food.

Diaries of Pumpkin and Squash Projects at Indiana Biolab

Each of these pages gives the background and design of the project. Regular diary entries will keep you advised of the progress and problems as they evolve. Please send your advice and comments on any project at any time. One purpose of these pages it to stimulate student science projects by pointing out the possibilities.

Seeds and Information Needed

By working cooperatively, it seems likely we could work out some of the genetics of Atlantic Giant pumpkin and squash genetics. There are two catergories of traits we are interested in:

Simple traits involve one genetic locus. For example yellow seedling, symbol = ys, is known in C. maxima. The yellow seedlings die because of some defect in the photosynthesis machinery.

Getting Started

Big pumpkin contestants see many things during the season and no two plants and fruits are identical. There is a modest probability that you have seen or will see evidence of a mutant for which the genetics is unreported. Since contestants look at their plants so carefully they are likely to see things ordinary people would not recognize.

Most Likely Action We Would Take

Genetic Terms

It is important we use these terms correctly:

Other pages and books explain the methods in greater detail. Never hesitate to send an e-mail to Harold Eddleman about possible mutants, methods, or doubtful instances.

You may send private e-messages to Dr. Eddleman and he will reply, usually within 24 hours.


First installed 1999 April 18      Revision #0 1999 April 18       indbio@disknet.com
Written by Harold Eddleman, Ph. D., President, Indiana Biolab, 14045 Huff St., Palmyra IN 47164
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