Extension and Industry Presentations


Cucumber Conference & Meeting Presentations

  • Bello, Julian and Mary Hausbeck. Dept. Plant, Soil, Microbial Sciences, Michigan State Univ., Using molecular markers to ID downy mildew from spore traps. Pickling Cucumber Research Reporting Session, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2019.
  • Grumet, R. and Y. Lin. Dept. Horticulture, Michigan State Univ, Resistance to Phytophthora fruit rot in cucumber. Pickling Cucumber Research Reporting Session, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2019.
  • Grumet R. Resistance of cucumber fruit to Phytophthora capsici. Oral presentation in Pickle Packer International Annual meeting, St Petersburg, FL. November 11, 2019.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Disease Management. SE Michigan Winter Vegetable Meeting. March 12, 2019.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Biology and control of Cucurbit Downy Mildew and Phytophthora capsici in Pickling Cucumbers. Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, MI. February 14, 2019.
  • Kenny, G. and M.K. Hausbeck. Dept. Plant, Soil, Microbial Sciences, Michigan State Univ., Testing forecasters to time fungicide sprays for downy mildew. Pickling Cucumber Research Reporting Session, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2019.
  • Quesada-Ocampo LM. Biology and control of Cucurbit Downy Mildew and Phytophthora capsici in Pickling Cucumbers. Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, MI. Feb. 14, 2019.
  • Weng Y. Improve downy mildew resistance of pickling cucumber through marker-assisted breeding. Oral presentation in Pickle Packer International, Annual meeting. St Petersburg, FL. November 11, 2019.
  • Weng,Yiqun. USDA-ARS and Dept. Horticulture, Univ. Wisconsin, Marker-assisted pyramiding of downy mildew resistance genes into US processing cucumber – an update.  Pickling Cucumber Research Reporting Session, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2019.

  • Grumet, R. and Y. C. Lin. Resistance to Phytophthora fruit rot in cucumber. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2018.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Managing Cucumber Diseases in 2019 at the Great Lakes Expo and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo. December 4,  2018.
  • Schultheis, J. The North Carolina pickling industry and use of parthenocarpic fruiting types. Regional Pickling Cucumber meeting, Wilson Co., NC. March 2018.

  • Grumet R. and Y. C. Lin. Resistance to Phytophthora fruit rot in cucumber. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2017.
  • Grumet R., Y. C. Lin, and B. Mansfeld. Resistance of cucumber fruit to Phytophthora capsici. PCIC/PPI Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting, Chicago IL. November 1, 2017.
  • Grumet, R. CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Pickle Packers International 2017 Spring Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. April 19, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. and K. Goldenhar. Cucumber disease control in 2017. Pickling Cucumber session. Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Expo. Grand Rapids, MI. December 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. The North Carolina pickling industry and use of parthocarpic fruiting types. Pickling Cucumber Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2017.
  • Weng, Y. Genetic architecture of downy mildew resistances in cucumber. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 1, 2017.
  • Weng, Y. Genetic resources for cucumber breeding – a molecular perspective. Pickle Packers International 2017 Spring Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. April 19, 2017.

  • Grumet, R., B. Mansfeld, and Y. C. Lin. Genetic characterization and development of breeding materials for resistance of young cucumber fruit to infection by Phythophthora capsici. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. and K. Goldenhar. Downy mildew prevention and control. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M. K., K. Golenhar, and J.R. Bello. Downy mildew: What’s next? Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.
  • Krasnow, C., and M. K. Hausbeck. Progress in cucumber downy mildew control. Southwest Hort Days, Benton Harbor, MI. 35 attendees. February 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Cucurbit downy mildew management, diagnostics, and pathogen populations. Pickle Packers International Spring Meeting. Raleigh, NC. April 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Management of cucumber downy mildew using fungicides and host resistance. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Charleston, SC. October 2016.
  • Wang Y., K. R. Haider, and Y. Weng. Pyramiding Downy Mildew Resistance Genes into Elite US Processing Cucumber with Marker-assisted Selection. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.

  • Arteman, L., T. C. Wehner, and J. R. Schultheis. Evaluation of parthenocarpic pickling cucumbers for North Carolina production. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2015.
  • Grumet, R., Update on resistance to Phytophthora capsici in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 30, 2015.
  • Grumet, R., 2015. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2015.
  • Grumet, R. and M. Colle. Development of genetic stocks for cucumber fruit resistance to Phytophthora capsici. Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2015.
  • Hausbeck, M. K., and A. Cook.  The downy mildew report. Pickling Cucumber Session Summaries, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. 144 attendees. December 2015.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Downy mildew research.  Pickling Cucumber Commodity Meeting, Grand Rapids, 30 attendees. December 2015.
  • Hausbeck, M. K.  Ten years of downy mildew in Michigan.  Pickle Packers International Inc Annual Meeting, Fort Worth TX, 30 attendees. October 2015.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Diagnostics and management of cucurbit downy mildew. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, TX. October 2015.
  • VandenLangenberg, K. and T. C. Wehner. High resistance over the production season to the new downy mildew in cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, TX. October 30, 2015.
  • Wallace, E. C. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Controlling downy mildew in cucumber. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC. December 2015.
  • Weng, Y. QTL Mapping for Downy Mildew Resistance in WI7120 Cucumber. PPI Annual Meeting. Fort Worth, TX. October 30, 2015.

Melon Conference & Meeting Presentations

  • Wintermantel, W.M. Virus Diseases of Melons. University of California Cooperative Extension Winter Vegetable Crop Research Meeting, University of California West Side Research and Education Center, Five Points, CA. January 21, 2020.

  • McCreight, J.D. Lettuce and melon breeding for resistance to diseases and insects. University of California, Plant Breeding Retreat, Monterey, CA December 17-18, 2018.
  • McCreight, J.D. and E. T. Natwick. Evaluation and breeding of new sources of host plant resistance to CYSDV and sweet potato whitefly biotype. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 4, 2018.
  • Schultheis, J. A melon mix of specialty and cantaloupe types. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. Niagara Falls, ON Canada. February 2018
  • Schultheis, J. Melon varieties; orange flesh and various specialty melon opportunities. DelMar Vegetable meeting. City, DE. January 2018.

  • Ando, K. and J. D. McCreight. Potential for production of Turkmen melons in California. Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2017.
  • Ando, K. and J. D. McCreight. Potential for production of Turkmen melons in California. National Association of Plant Breeders, Davis, CA. August 2017.
  • Indermaur, E., K. Starke, and J. Schultheis. Galia and canary melon cultivar evaluation. Annual North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association. Myrtle Beach, SC. November 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. U.S. Plant Breeding: Lettuce, Spinach, Melon, and Sugar beet. Seed Central (an initiative of the Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California Davis, and Seed Quest), Salinas CA. April 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. and E. T. Natwick. 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. January 4, 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. Perspectives and opportunities for growing orange flesh and specialty melons. Vine crops Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. Specialty melon opportunities. Annual North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association, Myrtle Beach, SC. November 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. R. A perspective on melons; some North Carolina cultivar results and some “food” for thought. Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association. Nashville, TN. February 16, 2017.
  • Starke, K. and J. Schultheis. Honeydew, crisp flesh and piel de sapo melon options. Annual North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association. Myrtle Beach, SC. November 2017.

  • Chacko, N. J., B. Mou, and M. D. Coffey. Powdery Mildew Race Variation in California. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 2016.
  • Grumet, R. Introduction to CucCAP: Leveraging applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops. California Melon Research Board, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 2016.
  • McCreight, J. D. and E. T. Natwick. 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. January 2016.
  • McCreight, J. D.  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. October 2015.

Pumpkin & Squash Conference & Meeting Presentations

  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. 2019. Review of the newest summer squash cultivars. AgExpo. Wilmington, NC. Dec.

  • Hausbeck, M.K., D. Perla, and S. Linderman. Diagnosing and managing Phytophthora on squash. Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, Dec. Poster presentation. 2018.
  • Hausbeck, M. Organic Management Field Day: Phytophthora management in squash production, Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI, 40 attendees, Sept. 19 , 2018.

  • Birdsell, T., J. Schultheis, and P. Perkins-Veazie. Butternut squash cultivar, production, harvest, and enterprise budget considerations. Annual North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association. Myrtle Beach, SC. November 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. and T. Birdsell. Butternut squash production. Winter Vegetable Conference and Trade Show. Asheville, NC. February 8, 2017.
  • Smart, C. D. On-farm discussion of methods to control Phytophthora blight in summer squash. Seneca Falls NY. July 2017.
  • Wessel-Beaver, L. and A.M. Linares Ramirez. Dos Virus Importantes en la Calabaza: Mosaico Amarillo del Calabacín (ZYMV) y Mancha Anular de la Papaya (PRSV). Expo Hort, Lajas, PR. 118 attendees. April 4, 2017.

  • Krasnow, C., and M. Hausbeck.  Orondis: a new tool for controlling Phytophthora blight on pepper and squash.  Syngenta Meeting, Lansing, MI. 75 attendees, February 2016.
  • Krasnow, C. S., and M. K. Hausbeck.  Phytophthora blight: management strategies for pepper and squash.  Southwest Hort Days, Benton Harbor, MI. 35 attendees. February 2016.

Watermelon Conference & Meeting Presentations

  • Reyes, J.A., C. Villari, M.T. Brewer, B. Dutta, and C.E. McGregor. Detection of the Gummy Stem Blight-Causing Pathogens in Watermelon Using Field-Adapted Quick and Simple Technologies. Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Savannah, GA. Poster, January 2020.
  • Wintermantel, W.M. 2020. Identifying threats from virus diseases in watermelon and other cucurbit crops. Webinar, Mississippi State University Extension Service. May 13, 2020.

  • Adams M. and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.
  • Druffel, A., M. Adams, L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. Management options for watermelon Fusarium wilt. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.
  • Mandal, M. K., Suren, H., Ikerd, J. L., and Kousik, C. S. Molecular Dissection of Resistance Signaling during Compatible and Incompatible Watermelon- Powdery Mildew (Podosphaera xanthii) Interactions using RNA-Seq Approach. Presented at the Watermelon Research and Development Group (WRDG) meeting. Southern Region ASHS, Jacksonville, FL. February 2018.
  • Schultheis, J. and K.D. Starke. Pollenizer placement considerations effects on watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) yield and quality over two growing seasons. Watermelon Research and Development Group Annual meeting, Jacksonville, FL, February 2018.
  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. Standard size watermelon cultivar yield and quality results, North Carolina, 2017. North Carolina Watermelon Association, Wrightsville Beach, NC. March 2018.
  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. Standard size watermelon cultivar yield and quality results, North Carolina, 2017. Watermelon Research and Development Group Annual meeting, Jacksonville, FL. February 2018.
  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. Standard size watermelon cultivar and quality results, North Carolina, 2017. Georgia Watermelon Association. Saint Simons Island, GA. January 2018.
  • Starke, K. D. and J. Schultheis. Mini-watermelon cultivar yield and quality evaluations in North Carolina, 2017. Watermelon Research and Development Group Annual meeting, Jacksonville, FL. February 2018.
  • Wong, T.W. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. Evaluation of SDHIs for management of root knot nematode, gummy stem blight, and Fusarium wilt of watermelon. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.

  • Bertucci, M. B., K. M. Jennings, D. W. Monks, J. R. Schultheis, W. B. Thompson, F. W. Louws, D. L. Jordan, N. A. Basinger, S. C. Smith, and M. D. Waldschmidt.  Early season crop development, yield, and fruit quality of standard and mini watermelons grafted to several cucurbit rootstocks. Watermelon Research Group, Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Kousik, C. S. Presented information on Phytophthora fruit rot and powdery mildew of watermelon to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Sonny Purdue and his team when they visited the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, USDA, ARS in Charleston, SC. August 21, 2017.
  • Kousik, C. S. 2017. Provided information to Sarah Mock, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for RFD-TV on research being conducted on watermelon at the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory and details of the visit of Dr. Sonny Purdue to USVL. August, 21, 2017. The interview was aired by RFD-TV and is posted on YouTube.
  • Kousik, C. S.  Chaired and organized Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. Mobile, AL. 65+ attendees, 38 talks, February 2017.
  • Kristie, M., J. L. Ikerd, M. Mandal, R. Hassell, and C. S. Kousik. Development of Phytophthora crown rot (Phytophthora capsici) resistant rootstocks of Cucurbita maxima and C. moschata for watermelon grafting. Presented at the Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Levi, A., S. Steck, M. Horry, R.L. Jarret, P. Wechter, S. Kousik, B. Ward, G. Miller, R. Hassell, and A. Keinath.  An overall small root system in watermelon cultivars indicates a need to improve their lateral fibrous root capacity. Presented at the Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Mandal M. K. and C. S. Kousik. Resistance Signaling in Watermelon using Genomics and Metabolomics. Invited talk to seed industry (HM. Clause, Harris Moran, and Limagrain). >30 attendees. Sacramento, Davis CA. June 2017.
  • Mandal, M. K., J.L. Ikerd, S. Shrestha, A. Battiste, A. Boroujerdi, B. Ward, and C. S. Kousik. 1H NMR and HPLC-based metabolite profiling of watermelon varieties. Presented at the Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Miller N, Druffel A., Adams M., Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Control options for Fusarium wilt of watermelon. 32nd Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2017.
  • Miller, N., M. Adams, and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Evaluation of a new fungicide for management of Fusarium wilt of watermelon. Watermelon Research Group. Mobile, AL, February 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. and K. Starke. Watermelon production considerations; pollenizer and grafting. Annual North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association, Myrtle Beach, SC. November 2017.
  • Schultheis, J. R. and K. D. Starke. Pollenizer placement considerations effects on watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) yield and quality. Watermelon Research Group, Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Starke, K. D. and J. R. Schultheis. Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) yield and quality response to grafted versus non-grafted plants, 2016. Watermelon Research Group, Mobile, AL. February 2017.
  • Wechter, W.P., S. E. Branham, S. Lambel, N. Guner, and A. Levi. Towards the identification of quantitative trait loci and development of molecular markers linked to Fusarium wilt resistance in watermelon. Presented at the Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. Mobile, AL. February 2017.

  • Adams M. L. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Managing fungal diseases in cucurbits. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, SC. March 2016.
  • Bertucci M. B., K. M. Jennings, D. W. Monks, F. J. Louws, D. L. Jordan, and J. R. Schultheis. Effect of grafting on the critical period of weed control of triploid watermelon (Poster). North Carolina Crop Protection School, Cary, NC. December 6, 2016.
  • Kousik, C. S. Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Indiana Horticultural Congress, Indianapolis, IN. 45 attendees, January 2016.
  • Kousik, C. S. Managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. Georgia Watermelon Association, St. Simmons, GA. 100+ attendees. January 2016.
  • Kousik, C. S. 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, 50+ attendees, February 2016.
  • Kousik, C. S. Chaired and organized Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. San Antonio, TX. 50+ attendees, 26 talks, February 2016.
  • Kousik, C. S. Progress and challenges in managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon. U.S. Vegetable Laboratory Seminar. Charleston, SC. March 2016.
  • Mandal, M. K., C.S. Kousik, and B. Ward. Molecular Dissection of Resistance Signaling in Watermelon fruit through Metabolomics and Transriptomic Approach. Watermelon Research and Development Group meeting. San Antonio, TX. 50+ attendees, February 2016.
  • McGregor, C. E. Advances in Watermelon Breeding. Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Savannah, GA, January 8-10, 2016.
  • Miller N. F. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Evaluation of a new fungicide for management of Fusarium wilt of watermelon. NCSU Masters Symposium, Raleigh, NC. November 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Downy mildew and Phytophthora control in cucurbits. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC. March 2016.
  • Schultheis, J. R. Grafted vs. nongrafted watermelon studies. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC. March 2016.
  • Schultheis, J. R. and W. B. Thompson. Watermelon cultivar yield and quality trial results, North Carolina, 2015. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX. February 2016.
  • Schultheis, J. R. and W. B. Thompson. 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. February 2016.

  • Bertucci M.B., Jennings K.M., Monks D.W., Louws F.J., Jordan D.L., Schultheis J.R.  Critical period for weed control in grafted and nongrafted triploid watermelon (Poster). North Carolina Crop Protection School Cary, NC. December 2, 2015.
  • Bertucci, M., K. Jennings, D. Monks, D. Jordan, F. Louws, and J. Schultheis.  Competitiveness of grafted watermelon plants versus non-grafted watermelon plants at various times of weedy and weed-free intervals. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2015.
  • Miller N. F. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. New control options for Fusarium wilt in watermelon. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2015.
  • Schultheis, J. R. and S. Johnson. Grafted versus nongrafted watermelon studies using bare ground or plasticulture production methods. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2015.

Cucurbit Pathology Conference and Meeting Presentations

  • Hausbeck, M.K. Phytophthora capsici-What You Need to Know About Its Biology and management. Northern Growers and Marketers Conference, St Cloud, MN, Zoom presentation. Jan.  16-17,  2020.
  • Smart, C.D. Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference. A year in review – Diseases from 2019 and what to expect in 2020. 30 minute talk to 100 growers. Contact hours = 50. February 26, 2020.
  • Smart, C.D. Empire State Producers Expo Syracuse, NY. Workshop on Phytophthora blight organized by Smart’s labl 9:00 – 10:15 AM including presentation by Vogel Options and outlook for Phytophthora resistance in peppers and squash. 1.25 hour session to 100 growers. Contact hours = 125. Jan 15, 2020.
  • Wintermantel, W.M. 2020. Development of Rapid Detection Methods for Evaluation of Germplasm for Resistance and Determination of the California Host Range of Cucurbit Chlorotic Yellows Virus and Squash Vein Yellowing Virus. California Melon Research Board Annual Research Symposium. San Diego, CA. January 9, 2020.

  • Hausbeck M.  Disease Management. SE Michigan Winter Vegetable Meeting. March 12, 2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Phytophthora and Cucurbit Downy Mildew Workshop, Muskegon, MI, 48 attendees.  March 5, 2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Phytophthora capsici – what you need to know about its biology and management. Phytophthora and Cucurbit Downy Mildew Meeting, Hart. March 5,  2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Phytophthora and Cucurbit Downy Mildew Meeting, Hart. March 5,  2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Managing Phytophthora Crown and Fruit Rot. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. February 20-21, 2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Real-world management strategies for Phytophthora-infested ground. Oceana County MSU Extension, Hart, MI. Jan 31, 2019.
  • Hausbeck M. Phytophthora and Downy Mildew Workshop at the Southwest Michigan Research and Education Center. Jan. 23, 2019.
  • Smart, C.D. Real-world management strategies for Phytophthora-infested ground. Oceana County MSU Extension, Hart, MI. January 31, 2019.
  • Smart, C.D. and Lange, H. Disease Update: What we saw in 2018 and what to expect in 2019. Proceedings of the Empire State Producers Expo. January 2019.
  • Smart, C.D. Update on Phytophthora blight research. 30 minute talk to about 50 growers. New York State Producers Expo. Syracuse NY. January 2019.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M., Adams M, Collins H, Salcedo A, Purayannur S, Standish J, D’Arcangelo K., Stahr M., Parada C., Wong S. Agent training on disease diagnostics and management in vegetable crops. Clayton and Raleigh, NC, July 2019.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M., Adams M., Collins H., Salcedo A., Purayannur S., Standish J., D’Arcangelo K., Stahr M., Parada C., Wong S.  Small Farms Tour: disease diagnostics and management in vegetable crops. Clayton, NC, June 2019.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M. Biology and control of Cucurbit Downy Mildew and Phytophthora capsici in Pickling Cucumbers. Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, MI. February 14, 2019.

  • D’Arcangelo K., Adams, M., and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Controlling downy mildew in cucumber. NC Pickle Grower Meeting. Wilson, NC, March 2018.
  • Druffel A., Adams, M., and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Management options for watermelon Fusarium wilt. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.
  • Hausbeck M. Fungicides & Diseases: Managing Diseases for Higher Profitability and a Safer Environment at MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Fruit and Vegetable Technologies. June 28, 2018..
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Phytophthora management for winter squash, cucumber and pepper. Grower Meeting, Hudsonville, MI. 30 attendees. February 21, 2018.
  • Kousik, C. S. Best practices to reduce impact of Phytophthora. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Savannah, GA. >100 attendees. January 2018.
  • Mandal, M. K. and C. S. Kousik. Multidimensional approaches to study host-resistance signaling in cucurbits against diseases: from epidemiology to genomics. Invited talk to USVL USDA-ARS, Charleston SC. >40 attendees. January, 2018.
  • Noel N., Adams, M., and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Fungicides and host resistance for control of watermelon anthracnose. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.
  • Smart, C. D. and H. Lange. Fungus, Water Mold or Bacteria: Which is Which in My Vine Crops? New York State Producers Expo., Syracuse, NY. January 2018.
  • Wong T. W. and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Evaluation of SDHIs for management of root knot nematode, gummy stem blight, and Fusarium wilt of watermelon. Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2018.

  • D’Arcangelo K., Adams, M., and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Controlling downy mildew in cucumber. 32nd Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, December 2017.
  • Harlan, B. and M. Hausbeck. Vegetable diseases and control strategies. Michigan Agribusiness Association Meeting, Lansing, MI, 60 attendees. Jan. 11 ,2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. and K. Goldenhar. Cucumber disease control in 2017. Pickling Cucumber session. Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Expo. Grand Rapids, MI. December 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K.  A smorgasbord of vegetable diseases is on today’s menu. MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State Council Meeting, Lansing, MI, 30 attendees, March 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Vegetable Growers’ Meeting, East Aurora, NY, 40 attendees, February 15, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops.  Syngenta Meeting, East Lansing, MI. 75 attendees. February 9, 2017.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Managing Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in cucurbit crops. Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and  Vegetable Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI. 40 attendees. January 23, 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. Melon powdery mildew race variation in California. University of California, Cooperative Extension, Imperial County, 28th Annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop, Imperial, CA. December 2017.
  • Miller N., Druffel A., Adams, M., and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Control options for Fusarium wilt of watermelon. 32nd Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, NC, December 2017.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M., Cucurbit disease management. Commercial vegetable grower symposium. Henderson, NC. February 2017.
  • Rahman A. and Quesada-Ocampo, L. M. Biosurveillance of cucurbit downy mildew: early detection and monitoring fungicide resistance. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, October 2017.
  • Rahman A. and Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Diagnostics and management of cucumber downy mildew. Pickle Packers International Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, October 2017.
  • Smart, C. D. Twilight discussion of cucurbit diseases. Western NY Field Days. Portland, NY. August 2017.
  • Smart, C. D. Role of cover crops in Phytophthora blight control. Northeast Cover Crops Council. November 2017.

  • Hausbeck, M. K. Phytophthora capsici: Pathogen biology.  Phytophthora capsici Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. 25 attendees, December 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. Soilborne Phytophthora capsici on vine crops: Update and implications, Extension Specialist Breakfast Meeting via Zoom videoconference, East Lansing, MI. 15 attendees, June 16, 2016.
  • Hausbeck, M. K. The downy mildew report.  Syngenta Meeting, Lansing, MI. 120 attendees, February 2016.
  • Krasnow, C., and M. K. Hausbeck. Phytophthora capsici: Fungicide programs and crop resistance. 55 attendees. Phytophthora capsici Session, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.
  • Krasnow, C. S., and M. K. Hausbeck.  Phytophthora capsici: Pathogen biology and management strategies.  Pages 2-5 in: Phytophthora capsici Session Summaries, Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Grand Rapids, MI. December 2016.
  • Krasnow, C., and M. Hausbeck. Rots and blights of vegetables. Bay Area Growers Extension Meeting, Bay City, MI. 40 attendees, January 2016.
  • Meadows I., C. Mauney, and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Agent training on disease diagnostics and management in vegetable crops. Extension Conference. Raleigh, NC,. November 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Disease identification on vegetables. Certified Crop Advisor Training. Smithfield, NC. December 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Fungicides and host resistance for cucurbit downy mildew management. 31st Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC., December 2016.
  • Quesada-Ocampo L. M. Downy mildew updates for cucurbits. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Savannah, GA. January 9, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Understanding and controlling diseases of cucurbits. Crop Consultant Meeting, Syracuse NY. December 1, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Why is the Phytopthora blight from important? New York State Ag Experiment Station Task Force, October 10, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Field walk and discussion of diseases of cucurbits and other crops. Western NY Field Days. Portland, NY. August 31, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Vegetable disease management (1.5 hour discussion with growers and educators). Willsboro, NY. August 4, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Vegetable disease management (1.5 hour discussion with growers and educators). Canton, NY. August 3, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. How the NY Farm Bureau helped established the Phytophthora blight farm. Midwest Farm Bureau visit to NYSAES, June 24, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Disease update. Western NY Vegetable Growers meeting. Lockport, NC. March 2016.
  • Smart, C. and H. Lange. Vine Crop Update 2015. Proceedings of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo., Syracuse, NY.  2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Managing cucurbit diseases. Empire State Producers Expo., Syracuse, NY. January 2016.

  • Adams M. L. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. Managing fungal foliar diseases in cucurbits. 30th Annual Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Myrtle Beach, SC. December 2015.
  • Smart, C. D. Disease problems common during the 2015 growing season. Twilight meeting, Eden Valley, NY. 2015.

Vegetable Production – Conference & Meeting Presentations

  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: 29th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference. Bryan, TX. December 5, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Imperial Valley EDC Annual Banquet. Calexico, CA. November 16, 2017
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Del Rio Economic Development Council, Del Rio, TX. November 2, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Extension Outlook Conference, Stillwater, OK. October 20, 2017
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Ag. Economics Extension Tailgate Workshop, College Station, TX, September 30, 2017.
  • Mazourek, M. Vegetable Breeding Institute Field Days. Freeville, NY. August 28, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Imperial Valley EDC, Calexico, CA. August 15, 2017
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Moosejaw, Canada. June 27, 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. AgKnowledge class annual visit to U.S. Agricultural Research Station, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Salinas, CA. June 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Texas International Produce Association, Mission, TX, May 30, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Texas A&M AgriLife Program Planning Meeting, Rosenberg, TX, May 9, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: Viva Fresh 2017, Austin, TX, April 21, 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. Presented research updates and provided tours of the laboratory and greenhouse to representatives from the agriculture industry and Seed Central. Salinas, CA. 100 attendees. April 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: C-FARE, Washington, DC. April 6, 2017.
  • Ribera, Luis A., Trade impact talks: APHIS Project Kick-Off, Raleigh, NC. January 31, 2017.
  • McCreight, J. D. Agricultural Research Technology Center. Western Regional Seed Physiology Research Group, University of California, Davis, CA. January 24, 2017.

Webinars

  • Smart, C. D. Vegetable Diseases (for beginning growers), 1.5 hour webinar. March 15, 2017.
  • Smart C. D. Managing cucurbit downy mildew in organic systems in the northeast. 1.5 hour webinar with 135 participants. December 6, 2016.
  • Smart, C. D. Vegetable Diseases (for beginning growers), 1 hour webinar. March 16, 2016.