With a wide variety of options to choose from, researchers are working with technology in order to grow better cucurbits. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS), marker assisted selection and genomic selection have been used to improve specialty crops like squash, pumpkins and watermelons.
The Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (CGC) was established in 1977 to develop and advance the genetics of economically important cucurbits. CucCAP Team members have contributed many articles to the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative throughout the years. Members of the CucCAP Team contributing to CGC report#41 for 2018 include authors Todd Wehner and Jim McCreight along with editors, Amnon Levi and Linda Wessel-Beaver.
CucCAP researchers at the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, SC collaborated with the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, NY to generate the highest density genetic map to date for melon.
An article published in Theoretical and Applied Genetics was cited by CucCAP vegetable pathologists. Key message A single recessive gene for complete resistance to powdery mildew and a major-effect QTL for partial resistance to downy mildew were co-localized in a Cucumis hystrix introgression line of cucumber. Read More
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Read More at VSC news
He said watermelon germplasm and advanced lines will be screened for anthracnose resistance in the greenhouse at Uvalde to identify their respective levels of resistance. In addition, mapping populations of watermelon germplasm from the University of Georgia will be evaluated for anthracnose resistance. “Diagnostic molecular markers for each anthracnose resistant gene will be identified and […]
The Secretary of Agriculture doesn’t just advocate for agricultural research, he strives to understand the advances being made. Sarah Mock from the local television station, RFD-TV, traveled with him to the Vegetable Lab in Charleston, South Carolina to learn more. Watch the video of the Agriculture secretaries’ visit.
The first half of this podcast discusses domestication, breeding and stories of where watermelon came from, and where it is going. University of Georgia research professor Cecilia McGregor shares her knowledge of the origins of this crop, along with facts of how it is used around the world. Find a link to the podcast in this […]