Question of the Week – Virus
In the South Carolina Midlands, Fall squash has produced exceptionally well, with the biggest issue being mosaic virus.
Extension Agents report on SC Cucurbits:
Mosaic virus on fall squash
Phytophthora is very active in many fall watermelon crops.
Gummy stem blight is also evident in many crops.
Fall squash have produced exceptionally well with the biggest issue being mosaic virus.
Bazgha Zia is a postdoctoral researcher at the United States Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. Bazgha’s research includes the development of virus resistant genetic material in cucurbits and identification of novel virus strains.
Cucumber downy mildew on cucumber was reported in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts between August 25 and September 12, 2023. CDM was reported on squash in N.C.
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, New York, have analyzed genomes of watermelon and its ancestors, revealing traits that early breeders may have inadvertently removed in their quest to maximize the red, sweet, watery flesh of the fruit. Their report appears in Plant Biotechnology Journal.
This will be the last MSU vegetable crop report for 2023.
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.