Germplasm collections (a.k.a. gene banks) are a crucial resource to conserve natural genetic diversity and provide a source of novel traits for crop improvement such as disease and pest resistance, increased yield, and improved fruit quality. Optimal collection, preservation and utilization of these resources depends upon knowledge of the genetic variation present within the collection. […]
The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project. Members of the CucCAP team […]
Cucurbitaceae is an international conference of cucurbit scientists held every four years in North America. Cucurbitaceae 2018 was hosted by UC Davis in Davis, California. CucCAP was well represented with 14 Co-PIs and 28 lab members in attendance presenting five invited keynote talks, an additional 12 invited talks, and 19 posters.
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Michigan State University pickling cucumber breeder Ben Mansfeld to chat about his work in making cucumbers more disease resistant. Read More Listen to the podcast here
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with United States Department of Agriculture postdoctoral research scientist Sandra Branham to talk about her work, why seed companies are taking such an interest in it, and why having to spit out watermelon seed isn’t for her. Read More Listen to the podcast here
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Cornell University vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to chat about his work on the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project, bringing the flavor back to vegetables and his new seed company partnership with celebrity chef Dan Barber. Read More Listen to the podcast here
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with the associate director of the Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences at University of Puerto Rico to talk about food security and how an organization called the CucCAP is helping. Read More Listen to the podcast here
Development of varieties with multiple disease resistances is always an important goal for plant breeders. Dr. Yiqun Weng’s Lab at the Vegetable Crops Research Unit in USDA-ARS, Madison, Wisconsin identified the STAYGREEN gene that is responsible for the PI 197087-derived triple-disease resistances.