New funding from USDA-SCRI will extend the CucCAP project for four years

image of a cucurbit leaf and flowerCucCAP2 will focus on the development of advanced genomic, bioinformatic and breeding tools; disease resistant materials; disease management strategies and economic analyses for critical diseases threatening cucurbit production.

Team members come from ten institutions around the country (Boyce-Thompson Institute, Clemson University, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico, USDA-ARS, West Virginia State University), and combine expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, plant breeding, genetics, plant pathology, outreach and economics.

Commodity organizations and seed industry representatives from around the world assist in setting research priorities. Information is shared through the CucCAP website providing disease management, project information, and updates on publications and presentations, and the cucurbit genomics database website serving as a central portal for cucurbit genomics data and research.