Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Sonny Perdu visited the USDA, ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, SC on August 21st, 2017 and received explanations of watermelon projects funded by CucCAP.
NC State researchers are conducting their greenhouse and lab research for the 2017 growing season. Look for more information soon as the Watermelon breeding and Pathology teams update us with videos of their work. Two members of the NC State research group that you are hearing more about are Allie Druffel and Luis Rivera-Burgos pictured below. […]
Plant Pathologists from the NC State Vegetable disease lab evaluate watermelon plants for disease resistance.
As a result of many years of domestication and selection for desirable fruit quality, most of the modern dessert watermelon cultivars share a narrow genetic base. Source: Genetic Resources of Watermelon | SpringerLink
… the watermelon has been grown in the United States for more than 300 years. But when ARS geneticist Amnon Levi, who today leads the watermelon program at the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, did a DNA analysis of heirloom and current varieties, he found that all of our watermelons are just about genetically identical, making the […]