2020 Volume 70 Issue 4 Pages cover
On the cover
Typical Japanese eggplant varieties have hard prickles on organs such as the calyxes, leaves, and stems (left). However, they hinder farm work during cultivation and scratch the skin of fruits during transportation. Absence of prickles is controlled by a single semi-dominant Prickle (Pl) gene, and the DNA markers associated with the Pl locus have been developed in this issue. The developed markers can be easily used for marker-assisted selection. Indeed, the practical no-prickle eggplant line has successfully been selected (right) (This issue, p. 438–448).
(K. Miyatake: NARO, Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science)