Extension and Outreach

people looking at a field of squash

Extension Field Day. Image provided by J. Schultheis.

Extension and Outreach Objectives

  • Provide readily accessible information to facilitate disease control
  • Develop a centralized cucurbit disease website
  • Develop and post diagnostic resources and disease control information in English and Spanish; prepare diagnostic poster
  • Provide disease alerts and forecasting tools
  • Provide diagnostic and disease management assistance.
  • Conduct Field days and demonstration plots.

Extension Team

Publications

Presentations

  • Adams M.L. and L.M.Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Managing fungal diseases in cucurbits. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, SC, Mar.
  • Adams M.L. and L.M.Quesada-Ocampo. 2015. Managing fungal foliar diseases in cucurbits. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, Dec.
  • Arteman, L., T.C. Wehner, and J.R. Schultheis. 2015. Evaluation of parthenocarpic pickling cucumbers for North Carolina production. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec.
  • Bertucci, M., K. Jennings, D. Monks, D. Jordan, F. Louws, and J. Schultheis. 2015. Competitiveness of grafted watermelon plants versus nongrafted watermelon plants at various times of weedy and weed-free intervals. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec.
  • Chacko, N. J.B. Mou, and M.D. Coffey. 2016. Powdery mildew race variation in California. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan.
  • Grumet, R. and M. Colle. 2015. Development of genetic stocks for cucumber fruit resistance to Phytophthora capsici. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, Dec.
  • Grumet, R. 2015. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, Dec.
  • Grumet, R. 2015. Update on resistance to Phytophthora capsici in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting (October 30, 2015, Fort Worth, TX )
  • Grumet, R. 2016. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan.
  • Hausbeck, M.K., and A.Cook. 2015.  The downy mildew report.  Pages 9-14 in: Pickling Cucumber Session Summaries, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI, Dec.  Online.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. 2016.  The downy mildew report.  Syngenta Meeting, Lansing, MI, Feb.  120 attendees.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. 2015.  The downy mildew report.  Pickling Cucumber Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI, Dec.  144 attendees.
  • Hausbeck, M.K. 2015.  Downy mildew research.  Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, Dec.  30 attendees.
  • Hausbeck, M.K.  2015.  Ten years of downy mildew in Michigan.  Pickle Packers International Inc Annual Meeting, Fort Worth TX, Oct.  30 attendees.
  • Krasnow, C., and M.K. Hausbeck.  2016.  Progress in cucumber downy mildew control.  Southwest Hort Days, Benton Harbor, MI, Feb.  35 attendees.
  • Kousik, C.S. 2016. Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Indiana Horticultural Congress, Indianapolis, IN. January. 45 attendees (at the talk)
  • Kousik C.S. 2016. Managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Georgia Watermelon Association, St. Simmons, GA. January. Over 100 attendees
  • Kousik, C.S. 2016. Breadth of resistance of USVL developed Phytophthora fruit rot resistant germplasm lines to Phytophthora capsici isolates from across USA. Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. San Antonio, TX. Feb >50 attendees
  • Kousik, C.S. 2016. Chaired and organized Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. San Antonio, TX. Feb >50 attendees, 26 talks.
  • Kousik, C.S. 2016. Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. U.S. Vegetable Laboratory Seminar. Charleston, SC. March
  • Mandal, M.K., C.S. Kousik, and B. Ward, 2016. Molecular dissection of resistance signaling in watermelon fruit through metabolomics and transriptomic approach. Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. San Antonio, TX. Feb >50 attendees
  • McCreight, J.D. and E.T. Natwick. 2016. Evaluation and breeding of new sources of host plant resistance to CYSDV and sweetpotato whitefly biotype B. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan.
  • McCreight, J.D. 2015. Melon host plant resistance to powdery mildew and CYSDV. Fall Desert Crops workshop, sponsored by the University of California ANR Cooperative Extension, Imperial County, and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yuma County. El Centro, CA, Oct.
  • Miller, N.F. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2015. New control options for Fusarium wilt in watermelon. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, Dec.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. 2016. Cucurbit downy mildew management, diagnostics, and pathogen populations. Pickle Packers International Spring Meeting. Raleigh, NC, Apr.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Downy mildew and Phytophthora control in cucurbits. 2016. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, Mar.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Downy mildew updates for cucurbits. 2016. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Savannah, GA, Jan.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Diagnostics and management of cucurbit downy mildew. 2015. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, TX, Oct.
  • Schultheis, J.R. 2016. Grafted vs. nongrafted watermelon studies. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, Mar.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and W. B. Thompson. 2016, Watermelon cultivar yield and quality trial results, North Carolina, 2015. 2016. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX, Feb.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and W.B. Thompson. 2016. Watermelon yield and fruit size response to grafted versus non-grafted transplants in plasticulture and bare ground production systems. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX, Feb.
  • Schultheis, J.R. and S. Johnson. 2015. Grafted versus nongrafted watermelon studies using bare ground or plasticulture production methods. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. Dec.
  • Smart, C. 2016. Disease update. Western NY Vegetable Growers meeting. Lockport, NC, Mar.
  • Smart, C. 2016. Managing cucurbit diseases. Empire State Producers Expo. Jan.
  • Smart, C. 2015. Disease problems common during the 2015 growing season. Twilight meeting, Eden Valley, NY.
  • Smart, C. and H. Lange. 2016. Vine Crop Update 2015. Proceedings of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo, Syracuse, NY.
  • VandenLangenberg K. and T.C. Wehner. 2015. High resistance over the production season to the new downy mildew in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting (October 30, 2015, Fort Worth, TX )
  • Wallace E. C. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2015. Controlling downy mildew in cucumber. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, Dec.
  • Weng, Y. 2015. QTL Mapping for downy mildew resistance in WI7120 cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting (October 30, 2015, Fort Worth, TX )