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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Cucurbit Downy Mildew reports for April 2019

The Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecast began on April 29 for the 2019 growing season. Cucurbit downy mildew was reported in Hillsborough, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Hendry Counties in Florida on Acorn squash, Yellow Summer squash, Zucchini, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Cucumber, and Butternut squash from February 4 to April 18, 2019. View the Latest Forecast from the CUCURBIT DOWNY MILDEW ipmPIPE. Continue Reading

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Cornell Vegetable Pathology shares insights on cucurbit disease management

Powdery mildew recommendations for the Northeast from the Cornell Vegetable Pathology Extension at Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center were recently updated on the CucCAP website Disease Management Pages: Powdery mildew on Cucumber Powdery mildew on Melon Powdery mildew on Squash & Pumpkin Disease information and 2019 fungicide recommendations from the McGrath lab for Powdery […]

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May 1 & 8 Vegetable Updates | MSU

The Michigan State University Vegetable Pathology Lab teams up with Michigan State Extension to publish bi-monthly vegetable updates throughout the growing season. Most regions of Michigan are not reporting any activities with cucurbit crops at this time. The East Michigan vegetable update reported: Vine crops are up in the trays. Some watermelons are getting leggy. Plastic is […]

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