We identified QTLs associated with gummy stem blight resistance in an interspecific F2:3 Citrullus population and developed marker assays for selection of the loci in watermelon.
Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) is a devastating disease affecting economically important crops such as cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, pumpkin, and watermelon. Plant pathologists from the CucCAP disease management team published two articles focusing on CDM. In the first article, plant pathologists at North Carolina State University determined that the causal pathogen of Cucurbit downy mildew, Pseudoperonospora […]
The Kousik Lab published “Elucidation of resistance signaling and identification of powdery mildew resistant mapping loci (ClaPMR2) during watermelon-Podosphaera xanthii interaction using RNA-Seq and whole-genome resequencing approach”.
“CucCAP2: Harnessing genomic resources for disease resistance and management in cucurbit crops – bringing the tools to the field”, will focus on the development of advanced genomic, bioinformatic and breeding tools; disease resistant materials; disease management strategies and economic analyses for critical diseases threatening cucurbit production.
In a recent study, CucCAP researchers used a digital imaging technology to evaluate the root systems in 335 watermelon accessions.
CucCAP researchers identified a major QTL associated with sulfur tolerance in a melon mapping population. Genetic markers were developed for the major QTL and can be used to incorporate sulfur tolerance in melon breeding programs.
The CucCAP team met with project stakeholders for their fourth annual progress report in June 2020.
CucCAP economists developed models showing potential for economic returns for cucurbit crops in multiple production regions. Economic variables such as interest rates, input costs, production windows and existing crop budgets were collected to develop representative farms for production of cucurbit crops