Editors of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative are now accepting reports for CGC #47. Reports or manuscripts should be submitted by February 15th, 2024. The CGC committee seeks assistant editors for future CGC reports.
“The super-pangenome provides a valuable genetic toolkit for breeders and researchers to improve cultivated watermelon,” said Fei. “By understanding the genetic makeup and evolutionary patterns of watermelons, we can develop varieties with enhanced yield, increased disease resistance, and improved adaptability.”
The “super-pangenome” for watermelon and its wild relatives, the researchers hope, will uncover beneficial genes lost during domestication. Traits of interest affect seeds; rind thickness; fruit size, shape, texture, and sweetness; and improving disease resistance, which might lessen reliance on agrochemicals.
CucCAP scientists Jonathan Schultheis and Todd Wehner contributed an article about pickling cucumber variety trials to this report. CucCAP scientists Amnon Levi, Linda Wessel Beaver and Todd Wehner are members of the CGC Coordinating Committee. They collaborated with the Cucurbit research community to publish this report.
Cucurbit production in Georgia is affected annually by a variety of pests and diseases. Two diseases in particular, fusarium wilt and cucurbit anthracnose, have been a cause of concern for the last five years.
Amnon Levi, editor of the CGC requests that members of the Cucurbit research community submit reports for CGC #46 (2022-2023) by February 28, 2023. Author style instructions can be found on the CGC website.
Send your 2022-2023 report or manuscript to Amnon Levi (email@example.com) by February 28th, 2023.
CucCAP scientist James D. McCreight is a contributor to the 2021 CGC report.
CucCAP researchers developed 5 Phytophthora fruit rot resistant watermelon germplasm lines with high levels of resistance against a broad range of diverse P. capsici isolates collected from across the United States.