CucCAP Vegetable Pathologist, Mary Hausbeck, discusses Phytophthora susceptiblity in cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini. Disease symptoms on fruit can take a few days to appear after infection. Fruit can appear healthy at harvest and then develop disease symptoms during transit or on grocers’ shelves. The classic symptom of phytophthora is a white, powdered sugar appearance. Cucurbits […]
Gummy stem blight (GSB), also known as black rot, is a common issue for watermelon producers in the Southeast. Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes GSB, favors warm and humid weather, leaving the Southeast growing region susceptible to the disease’s devastating effects. If not managed well, it can cause significant yield loss for growers. Currently labeled […]
Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are studying grafted watermelon seedlings because of the advantages they can provide to growers. The grafted seedlings, an intentional fusion of plant parts, are resistant to fusarium wilt and tolerant to cold temperatures. Continue Reading
University of Florida presenters at the Florida Ag Expo in November discussed control Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Gummy Stem Blight on Cucurbits.
Florida has at least 15 root-knot nematode species, far more than most other states. At least six species are known to be in vegetables… Continue Reading the article at VSCNews
CucCAP plant breeder, Todd Wehner talks about breeding cucumber and watermelon varieties for disease resistance.
The MELCAST and ipmPIPE cucurbit disease forecasting tools have discontinued updates for the 2019 growing season.
Researchers will focus specifically on vegetable systems and find long-term sustainable solutions to manage whiteflies and whitefly-transmitted virus complexes. There are three whitefly-transmitted viral pathogens, which are known to reduce the quality of vegetable crops, specifically cucurbits: cucurbit leaf crumple virus, cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus and sida golden mosaic virus.