Fourth Annual Meeting of the CucCAP Team and Stakeholders

The 4th annual CucCAP  team meeting was held at Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, NY on April 12 & 13, 2019. Crop genomics, breeding, and pathology teams for cucumber, melon, squash, and watermelon reported their progress to cucurbit crop curators, external evaluators, and industry representatives. Reports of CucCAP’s accomplishments and publications from March 2018 to March […]

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UNH breeding releases new cucurbits available for 2019 | VGN

Several new pumpkin, squash, and melon varieties that were developed at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire were released by cooperating seed companies recently. The new varieties exhibit intermediate resistance to powdery mildew disease. Newly released Renegade pumpkin has powdery mildew resistance. The butternut variety Gabrielle an F1 hybrid is similar […]

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Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers | NC State Extension & CFSA

NC State Extension reported via Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance and Organic Seed Alliance : Farmers looking for disease-resistant cucurbits now have more choices thanks to the release of new cucumber and melon varieties by Cornell University—the result of years of research by public plant breeders and organic farmers. “Our approach to plant breeding involves a close collaboration with […]

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CucCAP research identifies novel genetic source of resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1 in wild watermelon

Fusarium wilt race 1, caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum Schlechtend.: Fr. f. sp. niveum (E.F. Sm.) W.C. Snyder & H.N. Hans (Fon), is a major disease of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) in the United States and throughout the world. While Fusarium wilt race 1 resistance from chromosome 1 has been incorporated into several watermelon […]

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Managing Mildews and Phytophthora Blight Successfully in 2019 | Cornell Vegetable Program

Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center’s Margaret T. McGrath discussed cucurbit disease management in New York at the 2019 Empire State Producers Expo. Managing diseases is an important component of a successful production program for cucurbit crops because there are several diseases that can reduce yield or fruit quality when not adequately managed. The mildews […]

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Results of the 2018 Watermelon Triploid Standard and Mini Watermelon Cultigen Evaluation Studies | NC State Extension

Watermelon standard size and mini watermelon cultigen evaluation studies were conducted at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton, NC in the summer of 2018. NC State Extension Horticultural Science Vegetable specialist Jonathan Schultheis and Research Associate Keith Starke conduct annual variety trials on watermelon and other cucurbit crops. The results of the watermelon evaluations were […]

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