As we near the beginning of July, it’s important to note this is typically the time of year we expect to find the first downy mildew symptoms on cucumber. Read more about this destructive disease on cucurbits.
The soil borne bacteria, Phytophthora capsici, spreads rapidly via water and can infect cucumbers, zucchini, summer and winter squash, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and succulent beans. Read more about the destructive bacteria Phytophthora capsici.
Leaves infected with cucurbit anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum orbiculare, were submitted to the NCSU Vegetable Pathology Lab and confirmed as positive. Anthracnose can be confused with other foliar cucurbit diseases, such as cucurbit downy mildew, but chemical control is drastically different for different cucurbit diseases. Read more for information on identification and control of cucurbit anthracnose.
CucCAP melon breeders, industry representatives and other participants interested in Powdery Mildew replicated trials & natural infection and a Core set of means for trains assays, joined Dr. Jim McCreight at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center on June 7, 2018 for a Melon Field Day. The group looked for Powdery Mildew […]
As the flooding recedes in western North Carolina, many growers are now reporting losses due to Phytophthora diseases on various vegetable crops including pepper, tomato, cucumber, and other cucurbits. Many vegetable fields were reported as flooded, and several were under water for some period of time. These conditions (flooding, standing water, and high amounts of […]
Dr. Anthony Keinath, Vegetable Pathologist at Clemson University in South Carolina, has found powdery mildew in watermelons and issued an alert. Because the pathogen is airborne, we expect that inoculum may also be present in North Carolina. Read the post on the NC State Extension Cucurbits site.
CucCAP team members, the industry advisory board, external reviewers, germplasm curators, and guests met in Raleigh, North Carolina for an update of the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project’s progress since the group last met in 2017. Topics discussed included bioinformatics platforms, websites and workshops, GBS data and analysis, analysis of germplasm diversity, and selection of functional panels. […]
Georgia watermelon growers who have a targeted, informed disease management plan for gummy stem blight disease could save money and lessen the environmental impact of producing this favorite summertime fruit. University of Georgia horticulturist Cecilia McGregor, along with fellow UGA scientists Marin Brewer and Bhabesh Dutta, studies the impact of reduced fungicide use through early […]