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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Research aimed at stopping gummy stem blight in the greenhouse | VGN

Georgia watermelon growers who have a targeted, informed disease management plan for gummy stem blight disease could save money and lessen the environmental impact of producing this favorite summertime fruit. University of Georgia horticulturist Cecilia McGregor, along with fellow UGA scientists Marin Brewer and Bhabesh Dutta, studies the impact of reduced fungicide use through early […]

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2018 CucCAP Watermelon Team Annual Report

Progress Reports and Work Plans Watermelon Team members: Amnon Levi (USDA, ARS), Shaker Kousik (USDA, ARS), Kai-shu Ling (USDA, ARS), Cecilia McGregor (Univ. Georgia), Pat Wechter (USDA, ARS), and Todd Wehner (North Carolina St. Univ.) reported on team progress and work plans. Overall objectives: Identifying quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with resistance to major and emerging diseases, […]

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