Watermelon rootstock proves resistant to disease and pests

A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, is serving as a solution against major disease and pests of watermelon crops in the southern U.S., says the USDA. The innovative variety is a rootstock watermelon called Carolina Strongback. It is resistant to both Fusarium wilt and the southern root-knot […]

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CucCAP scientists release genome of principal American watermelon cultivar and genetically characterize the National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection

Years of selection for desirable fruit quality traits in dessert watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) has resulted in a narrow genetic base in modern cultivars. Development of novel genomic and genetic resources offers great potential to expand genetic diversity and improve important traits in watermelon. The CucCAP team has developed a high‐quality genome sequence for the principal […]

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CucCAP research provides new understanding about transmission of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is an emerging virus in the U.S. that has caused serious disease outbreaks to watermelon and several other cucurbit crops around the world. Although CGMMV is seed-borne, the mechanism of its transmission from seed to seedling was not fully understood. With increasing activities of off-shore hybrid seed production and […]

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Charleston Gray watermelon sequenced

The USDA news service posted an article in May 2019 about teamwork among CucCAP scientists on watermelon genomics. The research team, led by ARS geneticist Amnon Levi at the ARS U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, in Charleston, South Carolina, and Zhangjun Fei at the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, New York, collaborated with scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute on the assembly […]

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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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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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Winter 2019 Extension Disease Management Workshops

Extension Plant Pathologists Lina Quesada from NC State and Chris Smart from Cornell join Extension Specialist Mary Hausbeck for a series of Phytophthora and Downy Mildew Workshops for Vegetable Growers at Michigan State University. Phytophthora blight in vegetables and other cucurbits is complicated by the fact that downy mildew may also be a problem. January 23, […]

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Sandra Branham’s Watermelon Work is Kind of a Big Deal for Seed Companies | Seed World Daily

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with United States Department of Agriculture postdoctoral research scientist Sandra Branham to talk about her work, why seed companies are taking such an interest in it, and why having to spit out watermelon seed isn’t for her. Read More Listen to the podcast here

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