Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers | NC State Extension & CFSA

NC State Extension reported via Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance and Organic Seed Alliance : Farmers looking for disease-resistant cucurbits now have more choices thanks to the release of new cucumber and melon varieties by Cornell University—the result of years of research by public plant breeders and organic farmers. “Our approach to plant breeding involves a close collaboration with […]

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CucCAP research identifies novel genetic source of resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1 in wild watermelon

Fusarium wilt race 1, caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum Schlechtend.: Fr. f. sp. niveum (E.F. Sm.) W.C. Snyder & H.N. Hans (Fon), is a major disease of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) in the United States and throughout the world. While Fusarium wilt race 1 resistance from chromosome 1 has been incorporated into several watermelon […]

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Results of the 2018 Watermelon Triploid Standard and Mini Watermelon Cultigen Evaluation Studies | NC State Extension

Watermelon standard size and mini watermelon cultigen evaluation studies were conducted at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton, NC in the summer of 2018. NC State Extension Horticultural Science Vegetable specialist Jonathan Schultheis and Research Associate Keith Starke conduct annual variety trials on watermelon and other cucurbit crops. The results of the watermelon evaluations were […]

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Results of the 2018 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial | MSU

A pickling cucumber variety trial was planted at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (43.399097, -83.694497, Frankenmuth, Michigan). Rijk Zwaan (RZ) and Bejo (BJ) seed companies donated parthenocarpic (seedless) cucumber seeds for the trial. A PDF version of this report can be found at the Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2018 website. Continue Reading

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Results of the 2018 Zucchini Squash Variety Cultigen Evaluations are Published at NC State

NC State Extension Horticultural Science Vegetable specialist, Jonathan Schultheis, and Research Associate Keith Starke conduct annual variety trials on a variety of cucurbits. An objective of the NC State extension cucurbit evaluations is to identify adapted cultivars that NC growers can grow profitably. Visit the Cucurbit Variety Trials page to view all of the cucurbit reports. The 2018 Zucchini […]

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Cuccap Project Develops Extension Fact Sheets for Important Cucurbit Diseases in English and Spanish

Members of the CucCAP extension team [Dr. Mary Hausbeck, Michigan State University; Dr. Angela Linares, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez; Dr. Lina Quesada-Ocampo, North Carolina State University; Dr. Chris Smart, Cornell University] have developed 16 extension fact sheets to support stakeholders and impact cucurbit production in each region.  The fact sheets provide useful information […]

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CucCAP Plant Pathologists conduct Disease Management Workshops

Extension vegetable pathologist Mary Hausbeck was joined by CucCAP plant pathologists Lina Quesada from NC State and Chris Smart from Cornell University for a series of disease management workshops in Michigan. These winter workshops for vegetable growers provided an in-depth overview of the biology and control of cucurbit downy mildew and Phytophthora capsici in pickling cucumbers […]

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2019 Watermelon Presentations at Southern Region ASHS

NC State Department of Horticulture Watermelon group and the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture Watermelon Breeding group made presentations at the 83rd Southern Region ASHS Watermelon Research Working Group. Watermelon Variety Trials NC State Extension Specialist Jonathan Schultheis and Research Associate Keith Starke conduct annual variety trials on Melon, Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon. The Vegetable […]

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