Researchers at Michigan State University used a fluorescent isolate of the broad host range pathogen, Phytophthora capsici, to develop a high-throughput, microtiter plate assay for replicated quantification of pathogen growth on plant tissue in real time. This method, which can detect pathogen growth prior to development of symptoms, can assist with screening for disease resistance, mapping of resistance loci, testing efficacy of control measures, or elucidation of fundamental host-pathogen interactions.
Dr. Meru’s team will collaborate with the universities of Puerto Rico and Georgia on the grant named “Specialty Pumpkin: Laying the Groundwork for an Emerging Crop and Lucrative Products.”
CucCAP scientists from the Cornell University research groups of Michael Mazourek and Christine Smart along with Michael Gore’s lab combined linkage mapping and bulked segregant methods for molecular mapping and QTL identification.
The CucCAP Watermelon team is led by USDA-ARS Research Geneticist Amnon Levi. Co-investigators include Sandra Branham, Cecelia McGregor, Kai-Shu Ling, Shaker Kousik, Umesh Reddy, and Pat Wechter.
Linda Wessel Beaver shares some details about breeding tropical squash for virus resistance in the first CucCAP grant with the Culinary Breeding Network’s Winter Squash Week.
Cornell squash breeder and CucCAP Squash Team leader, Michael Mazarouek discusses the history of breeding winter squash.
Researchers at Cornell University developed squash breeding lines with increased resistance to Phytophthora crown and root rot.
CucCAP crop and disease management specialists presented cucurbit crop and disease management strategies at winter meetings in several regions of the country.