CucCAP researchers provide information about susceptibility of commercial watermelon varieties to powdery mildew

The occurrence of powdery mildew of watermelon has significantly increased in recent years. While the majority of the watermelon varieties evaluated in South Carolina were susceptible to powdery mildew, the seedless variety Suprema and seeded variety Declaration were relatively less susceptible and the commercial pollenizers Lion, SP5 and SP6 were resistant across three years of testing. Because of the frequent occurrence of powdery mildew of watermelon in recent years newer resistant cultivars and fungicide sprays will be needed to manage the disease.

Published August 3, 2019.

DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2019.104910