Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers | NC State Extension & CFSA

NC State Extension reported via Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance and Organic Seed Alliance :
cucumbers in the field

Farmers looking for disease-resistant cucurbits now have more choices thanks to the release of new cucumber and melon varieties by Cornell University—the result of years of research by public plant breeders and organic farmers.

“Our approach to plant breeding involves a close collaboration with farmers, regional seed companies, and other researchers to test varieties in the environment of their intended use,” says Michael Mazourek with the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. “In the case of these cucurbit varieties, they were all bred with the needs of organic farmers in mind.”

Read the story from NC State Extension IPM.