The CucCAP melon team reported on project progress and ongoing research in April 2023.
The Wintermantel team developed a multiplex single-step RT-PCR method to simultaneously test and differentiate among the among different viruses. Sampling of melon production regions in California and Arizona found that different combinations of viruses were dominant in fall vs. spring seasons, providing important information for disease management in areas impacted by cucurbit yellowing viruses.
The CucCAP Melon breeding, genomics, and pathology group published 11 journal articles and book chapters between September 2020 and April 2023.
The Emerging Viruses in Cucurbits Working Group (EVCWG) is charged with improving communication and virus knowledge across the cucurbit industry as well as developing strategies to successfully identify and mitigate virus threats to cucurbit production in the United States.
CucCAP scientist James D. McCreight is a contributor to the 2021 CGC report.
Jim McCreight leads the Melon team. Their objectives are to Map and develop markers for disease resistance in Melon and introgress, pyramid/stack resistances into advanced breeding lines.
Resistance to CYSDV is exhibited by melon PI 313970, a vegetable type melon introduced from India.
The CucCAP melon team is breeding melons for disease resistance to Powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, and Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus.