CucCAP researchers develop high-throughput method for quantification of pathogen growth

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.

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CucCAP researchers develop genetic tools and diagnostic guide for cucurbit downy mildew

Plant pathologists from the CucCAP disease management team published two articles focusing on CDM: “Population Analyses Reveal Two Host-Adapted Clades of Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the Causal Agent of Cucurbit Downy Mildew, on Commercial and Wild Cucurbits” & “Diagnostic Guide for Cucurbit Downy Mildew”

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New funding from USDA-SCRI will extend the CucCAP project for four years

“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.

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