The CucCAP cucumber team is breeding cucumbers for resistance to downy mildew and Phytophthora fruit rot.
The CucCAP Bioinformatics team is led by BTI plant genomics scientist Zhangjun Fei. Team members include Shan Wu who is working to integrate the watermelon pan genome and Jingyin Yu who is redesigning the data base.
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.
USDA-ARS plant pathologist, Bill Wintermantel, collaborated with Mississippi State University Extension to publish information about cucurbit viruses including a video presentation, a factsheet and articles for cucurbit producers.
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”
Cornell University scientists Dr. Christine Smart, a plant pathologist and Dr. Michael Mazourek, a vegetable breeder discuss newly developed squash breeding lines and the soilborne oomycete Phytophthora capsici.
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”.
CucCAP watermelon and cucumber breeder Todd Wehner recently earned a top international industry recognition, Pickle Packers International’s Hall of Fame Award.