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Research in Plant Sciences. 2015, 3(1), 12-17
DOI: 10.12691/plant-3-1-3
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Agromorphological, Chemical and Biochemical Characterization of Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbitaceae) Morphotypes Cultivated in Cameroon

Mbogne Taboula Judith1, , Youmbi Emmanuel1, 2, Ibouraïman Balogoun3 and Ntsomboh Ntsefong Godswill1, 4

1Faculty of Science, Department of Plant Biology, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

2Centre Africain de recherche sur bananier et plantain (CARBAP), Njombe, Cameroon

3Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Département de Biologie Végétale, Université d’Abomey- Calavi

4Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), Specialized Centre for Oil Palm Research of La Dibamba (CEREPAH), P. O. Box 243 Douala, Cameroon

Pub. Date: April 09, 2015

Cite this paper:
Mbogne Taboula Judith, Youmbi Emmanuel, Ibouraïman Balogoun and Ntsomboh Ntsefong Godswill. Agromorphological, Chemical and Biochemical Characterization of Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbitaceae) Morphotypes Cultivated in Cameroon. Research in Plant Sciences. 2015; 3(1):12-17. doi: 10.12691/plant-3-1-3


This study was aimed at evaluating pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata) morphotypes cultivated in Cameroon. A prospective survey was undertaken to sample the knowhow of peasants on the management of pumpkin, followed by an agromorphological, chemical and biochemical characterization in the West (O), Centre (C) and East (E) Regions. The survey revealed that pumpkin is mainly cultivated by women, and that about 20% is grown in association with other crops like maize, cassava and groundnuts. A total of 27 morphotypes were collection from the three regions. The most cultivated morphotypes, C2, C4, C5, E1, E2, E4, O2, O4 and O5 are equally the most consumed by the sampled populations. Principal components analysis on 10 variables revealed a variation between individuals. A positive correlation (r = 0.43; P> 0.05) was observed between fruit weight and grain number. Ascendant hierarchical classification (CAH) helped to produce a dendrogramme which groups morphotypes into three statistically homogenous classes at a distance of R2= 0.62. Analysis of chemical and biochemical constituents revealed no significant difference between the groups of morphotypes for all parameters (P <0.05) except for sodium and total sugars. These results constitute ground work for selection and improvement of Cucurbita species in Cameroon.

Pumpkin characterization prospection morphotypes Cucurbita spp. biochemical composition

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