During the past several years, large amounts of genomic, transcriptomic and genetic data have been accumulated for cucurbits. These data have been extensively used to facilitate cucurbit research and breeding. However, efficient access, and ability to mine and analyze these large-scale datasets pose challenges to researchers, especially those with limited bioinformatics expertise. Therefore, the CucCAP […]
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Farmers benefit from the development of new varieties.The new tools that help plant breeders create better plants are truly amazing. Variety improvement allows farmers to meet the latest pests, pathogens, weather stresses and consumer demands. Read the article from VSCNews.
Germplasm collections (a.k.a. gene banks) are a crucial resource to conserve natural genetic diversity and provide a source of novel traits for crop improvement such as disease and pest resistance, increased yield, and improved fruit quality. Optimal collection, preservation and utilization of these resources depends upon knowledge of the genetic variation present within the collection. […]
Consumer preferences are always changing with the new melon varieties available in stores today. Continue reading this article from VSCNews.
The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project. Members of the CucCAP team […]
Cucurbitaceae is an international conference of cucurbit scientists held every four years in North America. Cucurbitaceae 2018 was hosted by UC Davis in Davis, California. CucCAP was well represented with 14 Co-PIs and 28 lab members in attendance presenting five invited keynote talks, an additional 12 invited talks, and 19 posters.
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Michigan State University pickling cucumber breeder Ben Mansfeld to chat about his work in making cucumbers more disease resistant. Read More Listen to the podcast here