Research Presentations


Cucumber – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology

Melon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology

  • McCreight, J.D., W.M. Wintermantel, and E.T. Natwick. 2016. Expression of Host Plant Resistance in Melon to Sweetpotato Whitefly in the Desert Southwest United States. XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL, Sep. (Abstract)
  • McCreight, J.D., W.M. Wintermantel, and E.T. Natwick. 2015. Evaluations of melon germplasm reported to exhibit host plant resistance to sweetpotato whitefly. Entomological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. (Abstract)
  • McCreight, J.D., W.M. Wintermantel, and E.T. Natwick. 2016. New Sources of Resistance to CYSDV in Melon, p. 61–65. In: E.U. Kozik, and H.S. Paris (eds.). Cucurbitaceae 2016, XIth Eucarpia Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Cucurbitaceae, Warsaw, Poland.
  • McGregor, C.E. 2016. Advances in Watermelon Breeding. Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, 8-10 January 2016, Savannah, GA .
  • Miller N.F. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Evaluation of fungicides for management of Fusarium wilt of watermelon. Phytopathology. (Abstract)
  • Wintermantel, W.M., J.D. McCreight, and E.T. Natwick. 2016. Epidemiology of Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV) and associated whitefly-transmitted viruses in the US Southwest and development of CYSDV resistant melon. Paper presentation at 2nd International Whitefly Symposium, February 14-19,  Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Wintermantel, W.M., J.D. McCreight, and E.T. Natwick.  2016. Reservoir hosts of Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus and development of resistant melon. 13th International Plant Virus Epidemiology Symposium. Avignon, France, June 6-10, 2016.

Pumpkin and Squash – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology

  • Alzohairy, S., and M. Hausbeck.  2015.  Transcriptomic profiling of Cucurbita species to characterize the age-related resistance against Phytophthora capsici.  Page 19 in: Proceedings of the 1st International Soilborne Oomycete Conference, Duck Key, FL, 8-10 Dec. (Abstract)
  • Krasnow, C., and M. Hausbeck. 2015.  Using directed fungicide applications to manage Phytophthora fruit rot of processing squash.  Page 23 in: Proceedings of the 1st International Soilborne Oomycete Conference, Duck Key, FL, 8-10 Dec. (Abstract)
  • Mazourek M., W.L. Holdsworth, C. Hernandez, and t K.E. LaPlan. 2016. Making up for lost time in Cucurbita molecular breeding.” Plant and Animal Genome Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Miranda-Vélez, M., L. Wessel-Beaver, J.C. Verle-Rodrigues, and W. Seda-Martínez. 2016. Effect of leaf position on the assessment of resistance to Papaya ringspot virus and Zucchini yellow mosaic virus in tropical pumpkin. Proceedings of the 41st meeting of the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Ciencias Agrícolas, November 18, 2016, Corozal, Puerto Rico. p. 57. (Abstract)
  • Wessel-Beaver, L., and J.C. Verle-Rodrigues. 2016. Sources of variation in ELISA tests used to quantify ZYMV and PRSV resistance in Cucurbita moschata. In: Cucurbitaceae 2016, Proceedings of the XIth Eucarpia meeting on genetics and breeding of Cucurbitaceae (E. Kozik and H. Paris, eds).

Watermelon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology

  • Fei, Z. 2017. Genome variation elucidates evolution and domestication of fruit ripening and quality traits in watermelon. PAG. January, 2017
  • Kousik, C.S., J.L. Ikerd, and M.K. Mandal. 2016.  Breadth of resistance of Phytophthora fruit rot resistant watermelon germplasm to Phytophthora capsici isolates from across United States of America.  Phytopathology S4.40 (Abstract)
  • Kousik C.S., D. Egel, P. Ji, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo.2016. Fungicide rotation schemes and Melcast for managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon in Southeastern United States. Phytopathology. (Abstract)
  • Kousik, C.S., J. Pingsheng, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2015.  Fungicide rotation schemes for managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon across Southeastern United States (NC, SC, GA). International soilborne Oomycete conference, Duck Key, FL.  December
  • Levi, A., A. Simmons, K. Ling, Y. Tadmor, P. Nimmakayala, and U.K. Reddy. 2016. Utilizing Genetic Diversity in the Desert Watermelon Citrullus colocynthis for Enhancing Watermelon Cultivars for Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stress. p. 105-108. In E.U. Kozik and H.S. Paris (eds). Cucurbitaceae 2016, XIth EUCARPIA Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Cucurbitaceae, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Starke, K.D., B. Thompson, C. Jiang, and J. Schultheis. Planting density influences mini-watermelon yield and quality. 2016. VII International Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Stand Establishment of Horticultural Crops, Pretoria, South Africa, September 2016.

Other Cucurbits

  • Kousik, C.S. 2016.  Breeding rootstocks of cucurbit vegetable crops for resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. (Invited presentation). Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Indian Horticultural Congress. November 15, 2016. (>300 attendees at the talk).
  • Nimmakayala, P., T. Saminathan, V.L. Abburi, L.K. Yadav, Y. Tomason, A. Levi, Y. Weng, and U.K. Reddy. Comparative genomics of the Cucurbitaceae. Chapter 12.
  • Schultheis, J.R. 2016. Grafted vs. nongrafted watermelon studies. NC Watermelon Convention. Wrightsville Beach, NC, Mar.
  • 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.
  • 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 W. B. Thompson. 2016, Watermelon cultivar yield and quality trial results, North Carolina, 2015. 2016. Watermelon Research Group, San Antonio, TX, Feb.
  • Smart, C. and Lange, H. 2016. Vine Crop Update 2015. Proceedings of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo, Syracuse, NY.

Cucurbit pathology

  • 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. 2015.  Rots and blights of vegetables.  Pages 71-79 in: Proceedings of the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association/Pacific Agriculture Show Horticultural Growers’ Short Course, Field Vegetables Session, Abbotsford, BC.
  • Kousik, C.S., and J.L. Ikerd. 2015. Reaction of Phytophthora fruit rot resistant germplasm lines to a broad range of Phytophthora capsici isolates from across United States of America. International soilborne Oomycete conference, Duck Key, FL.  December
  • Lebeda, A., E. Křístková, B. Sedláková, and J.D. McCreight. 2016. Initiative for international cooperation of researchers and breeders related to determination and denomination of cucurbit powdery mildew races, p. 148–152. In: E.U. Kozik, and H.S. Paris (eds.). Cucurbitaceae 2016, XIth Eucarpia Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Cucurbitaceae, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Noel N. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Fungicide resistance and host susceptibility of Colletotrichum orbiculare infecting cucurbit crops in North Carolina. Phytopathology. (Abstract)
  • Rahman A,. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Early detection and quantification of Pseudoperonospora cubensis airborne sporangia using real-time PCR. Phytopathology. (Abstract)
  • Smart, C.D., Multiplex detection for vegetable diseases. National Plant Diagnostic Network National meeting. Crystal City, VA, March 10, 2016.
  • Wallace E.C. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Pseudoperonospora cubensis on commercial and non-commercial cucurbits in North Carolina: population structure determine by simple sequence repeats (SSRs). Phytopathology. (Abstract)

Other Presentations

  • Fei, Z. 2016. Genome sequencing provide insights into watermelon evolution, domestication and important agronomic traits. Dept. of Plant Biology, Cornell University. March
  • Fei, Z. 2016. Genome sequencing provide insights into watermelon evolution, domestication and important agronomic traits. College of Horticulture, Shandong Agric. Univ. April
  • Fei, Z. 2016. Genome sequencing provide insights into watermelon evolution, domestication and important agronomic traits. College of Food Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology. May