Cucurbitaceae 2022 brings together international cucurbit community

Cucurbitaceae group photo

Cucurbitaceae 2022 brought together scientists from around the world for an in-depth exploration of new frontiers in cucurbit research and development.

The Cucurbitaceae 2022 conference was held in Naples, Florida from October 30 to November 2, 2022 providing a much-needed and much-welcomed opportunity for the international cucurbit community to interact in person for the first time in four years. Despite the recent hurricane, the conference organized by CucCAP co-PIs Geoffrey Meru (University of Florida) and Cecilia McGregor (University of Georgia), successfully brought together researchers and industry representatives from North America, Europe and Asia to share information about cucurbit genomics, breeding, disease resistance and cultivation. CucCAP researchers were well represented presenting 28 talks and posters that included information about the new cucurbit genomics database, watermelon pangenome, and resistances against numerous diseases affecting cucurbits including whitefly transmitted viruses, fusarium wilt, downy mildew, powdery mildew, Phytophthora capsici, and gummy stem blight. Also, congratulations to CucCAP research Amnon Levi (USDA-ARS, Charleston) who received the Lifetime Achievement Award! Abstracts from the conference are available with the link to the pdf document below.

Abstract Book