Watermelon (Charleston Gray) Genome

Full NameCitrullus lanatus subsp. vulgaris cv. Charleston Gray
CultivarCharleston Gray
Common NameWatermelon (Charleston Gray)
Feature TypeCount

Charleston gray is a principal American dessert watermelon cultivar developed by Charles Fredrick Andrus at the USDA Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina,. It is a cultivar well known for its resistance to both Fusarium wilt and anthracnose diseases. The Charleston gray genome assembly has a total size of 396 Mb and an N50 scaffold length of 7.5 Mb, and contains 22,546 predicted protein-coding genes.


Wu S, Wang X, Reddy U, Sun H, Bao K, Gao L, Mao L, Patel T, Ortiz C, Abburi VL, Nimmakayala P, Branham S, Wechter P, Massey L, Ling KS, Kousik C, Hammar SA, Tadmor Y, Portnoy V, Gur A, Katzir N, Guner N, Davis A, Hernandez AG, Wright CL, McGregor C, Jarret R, Zhang X, Xu Y, Wehner TC, Grumet R, Levi A, Fei Z (2019) Genome of 'Charleston Gray', the principal American watermelon cultivar, and genetic characterization of 1,365 accessions in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection. Plant Biotechnol J