CucCAP scientists release genome of principal American watermelon cultivar and genetically characterize the National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection

Years of selection for desirable fruit quality traits in dessert watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) has resulted in a narrow genetic base in modern cultivars. Development of novel genomic and genetic resources offers great potential to expand genetic diversity and improve important traits in watermelon. The CucCAP team has developed a high‐quality genome sequence for the principal […]

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Protecting Cucurbit Crops Against Pathogens | VSC News

The Vegetable and Specialty Crop News June 2019 edition features two articles about disease problems of interest to cucurbit growers. An article from Florida State Cooperative Extension Vegetable Pathology titled, What to do about watermelon gummy stem blight and fusarium wilt, highlights two disease priorities on watermelon. The need for new virus resistant squash and melon […]

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May 22 & 29 Vegetable Updates | MSU Extension

Michigan State University Extension posts updates about vegetable production across the state throughout each growing season. Southwest Michigan vegetable update On May 22, the following news about cucurbit crops was posted: Direct seeding of cucumber, yellow squash and zucchini continues. Emergence and growth of earlier plantings is slow even under low tunnels. Continue Reading On May 29, cooperative extension […]

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CucCAP research provides new understanding about transmission of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is an emerging virus in the U.S. that has caused serious disease outbreaks to watermelon and several other cucurbit crops around the world. Although CGMMV is seed-borne, the mechanism of its transmission from seed to seedling was not fully understood. With increasing activities of off-shore hybrid seed production and […]

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