Meet the CucCAP Melon Team

Melon Breeding, Genomics, and Pathology

The CucCAP melon team is breeding melons for disease resistance to Powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, and Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus in collaboration with the CucCAP Bioinformatics team and the  Integrated Disease Mangement team.

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Jim McCreight

Dr. McCreight served as a research leader for Crop Improvement and Protection Research at the USDA-ARS in Salinas, California until his retirement in 2021. He led the melon team for the CucCAP grant between 2015 and 2021 and will continue to work on the CucCAP project.

Bill Wintermantel

Dr. Wintermantel is a Research Plant Pathologist at the USDA-ARS Crop Improvement and Protection Research laboratory in Salinas, California. Shaonpius Mondal will work in the Wintermantel lab on the melon project.

Pat Wechter

Dr. Wechter specializes in genomics and bioinformatics at the USDA-ARS in Charleston South Carolina.

Shaker Kousik

Dr. Kousik is a Research Plant Pathologist at the USDA-ARS in Charleston South Carolina.

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