Research Publications

Cucumber – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

Melon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

  • Daley, J., S. Branham, A. Levi, R. Hassell, and P. Wechter. 2017. Mapping resistance to Alternaria cucumerina in Cucumis melo. Phytopathology. DOI 10.1094/PHYTO-06-16-0246-R
  • Daley, J., S. Branham, A. Levi, R. Hassell, and P. Wechter. 2017. Mapping resistance to Alternaria cucumerina in muskmelon. Plant and Animal Genome XXV Conference.
  • McCreight, J.D., W.M. Wintermantel, and E.T. Natwick. 2017. Host plant resistance in melon to sweetpotato whitefly in California and Arizona. Acta Hort. (in Press).
  • McCreight, J.D., W.M. Wintermantel, E.T. Natwick, J.W. Sinclair, K.M. Crosby, and M.L. Gómez-Guillamón. 2017. Recessive resistance to Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus in melon TGR 1551. Acta Hort. (In Press).
  • Nimmakayala, P., Y. Tomason, V.L. Abburi, A. Alvarado, T. Saminathan, V.G. Vajja, G. Salazar, G. Panicker, A. Levi, W.P. Wechter, J.D. McCreight, A. Korol, Y. Ronin, J. Garcia-Mas, and U.K. Reddy. 2016. Genome-Wide Differentiation of Various Melon Horticultural Groups for Use in GWAS for Fruit Firmness and Construction of a High Resolution Genetic Map. Frontiers in Plant Science 22  September 2016.
  • Sabanadzovic, S., R. Valverde, J.D. McCreight, W.M. Wintermantel, and N. Aboughanem-Sabanadzovic. 2016. Cucumis melo endornavirus: Genome organization, host range and co-divergence with the host. Virus Research 214:49–58

Pumpkin and Squash – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

  • Holdsworth W.L., K.E. LaPlant, D.C. Bell, M.M. Jahn, M. Mazourek. 2016. Cultivar-Based Introgression Mapping Reveals Wild-Species Derived Pm-0 The Major Powdery Mildew Resistance Locus in Squash. PLOS ONE. e0167715.
  • Zhang G., Y. Ren, H. Sun, S. Guo, F. Zhang, J. Zhang, H. Zhang, Z. Jia, Z. Fei, Y. Xu, and H. Li. 2015. A high-density genetic map for anchoring genome sequences and identifying QTLs associated with dwarf vine in pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima Duch.). BMC Genomics 16:1101

Watermelon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

  • Branham, S.E., A. Levi, M.W. Farnham, and W.P. Wechter. 2016. A GBS‑SNP‑based linkage map and quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Niveum race 2 identified in Citrullus lanatus var. citroides. Theor Appl Genet DOI 10.1007/s00122-016-2813-0
  • 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
  • Kousik, C. S., J. Brusca, and W. W. Turechek. 2016. Diseases and disease management strategies take top research priority in the Watermelon Research and Development Group members survey (2014 to 2015). Plant Health Progress. 17:53-58.
  • 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.
  • Levi, A., J. Coffey, L.M. Massey, N. Guner, E. Oren, Y. Tadmor, and K.S. Ling. 2016. Resistance to papaya ringspot virus-watermelon strain (PRSV-W) in the desert watermelon Citrullus colocynthis. HortScience 51:4–7.
  • Levi, A., R.K. Harris-Shultz, and K. Ling. 2016. USVL-370, a Zucchini yellow mosaic virus–resistant Watermelon Breeding Line. HortScience 51:107–109.
  • Ma, S. and T. C. Wehner. 2015. Flowering stage resistance to bacterial fruit blotch in the watermelon germplasm collection. Crop Science 55: 727-736.
  • Mandal, M.K., J.L. Ikerd,, A. Soorni, and C.S. Kousik. 2016. Molecular dissection of resistance signaling in watermelon fruit through transcriptomic approach. Phytopathology S4.153 (Abstract)
  • Natwick, E., M.I. Lopez, W.M. Wintermantel, J.D. McCreight, O. Batuman, and R.L. Gilbertson. 2016. Watermelon whitefly insecticide efficacy trial, 2015. Arthropod Management Tests (2016) 41 (1): tsw088. DOI:
  • Niu, X., X. Zhao, K. Ling, A. Levi, Y. Sun, and M. Fan.  2016. The FonSIX6 gene acts as an avirulence effector in the Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum – watermelon pathosystem. Nature Scientific Reports 6:28146 DOI: 10.1038/srep28146
  • Schultheis, J.R. and W.B. Thompson. 2016. Watermelon cultivar yield and quality trial results, North Carolina, 2015. HortScience. 51(9):S37
  • 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. HortScience. 51(9):S38
  • Thies, J.A., J.J. Ariss, C.S. Kousik, R.L. Hassell, and A. Levi. 2016. Resistance to Southern Root-knot Nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) in Wild Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. citroides) Populations. Journal of Nematology 48:14–19.
  • Wechter, W.P., M.M. McMillan, M.W. Farnham, and A. Levi. 2016. Watermelon germplasm lines USVL246-FR2 and USVL252-FR2 tolerant to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 2. HortScience 51:1065-1067.
  • Wu, S., M. Shamimuzzaman, H. Sun, J. Salse, X. Sui, A.J. Wilder, A.J., Z. Wu, A. Levi, Y. Xu, K. Ling, Z. Fei. 2017. The bottle gourd genome provides insights into Cucurbitaceae evolution and facilitates mapping of a Papaya ringspot virus resistance locus. Plant Journal. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13722.

Other Cucurbit Publications

  • Dhillon, N.P.S., S. Phethin, S. Sanguansil, and J.D. McCreight. 2017. Early staminate flowering monoecious lines have potential as pollenizers for gynoecious hybrid bitter gourd cultivars Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 54:27–33. DOI 10.21162/PAKJAS/17.4354
  • Dhillon, N.P.S., S. Sanguansil, R. Schafleitner, Y.-W. Wang, and J.D. McCreight. 2016. Diversity among a wide Asian Collection of bitter gourd landraces and their genetic relationships with commercial hybrid cultivars. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 141:475–484. 10.21273/JASHS03748-16
  • Dhillon, N.P.S., S. Sanguansil, S.P. Singh, M.A.T. Masud, P. Kumar, L.K. Bharathi, H. Yetisir, R. Huang, D.X. Canh, and J.D. McCreight. 2016. Genetic resources of minor cucurbits. In: R.G. Grumet, N. Katzir, and J. Garcia-Mas (eds.). Genetics and Genomics of the Cucurbitaceae. Springer Science+Media, New York.
  • Kousik, C. S., J. Ikerd, and M. Mandal. 2016. First report of fruit rot of ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) caused by Sclerotium rolfsii. Plant Health Progress. 17:13-14. doi:10.1094/PHP-BR-15-0048.

Cucurbit Pathology Publications

  • Carlson, M.O., E. Gazave, M.A. Gore, and C.D. Smart. 2017. Temporal genetic dynamics of an experimental, biparental field population of Phytophthora capsici. Frontiers in Genetics 8:26. Doi: 10.3389/fgene.2017.00026
  • Cohen, Y., K.M. VandenLangenberg, T.C. Wehner, P.S. Ojiambo, M. Hausbeck, L.M. Quesada-Ocampo, A. Lebeda, H. Sierotzki, and U. Gisi. 2015. Resurgence of Pseudoperonospora cubensis: the causal agent of cucurbit downy mildew. Phytophathology 105: 998-1012.
  • Kozik, C.S., and H.S. Paris (eds). Cucurbitaceae 2016, XIth EUCARPIA Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Cucurbitaceae, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Lebeda, A., E. Křístková, B. Sedláková, J.D. McCreight, and M.D. Coffey. 2016. Cucurbit powdery mildews: methodology for objective determination and denomination of races. European Journal of Plant Pathology 144:399–410. DOI 10.1007/s10658-015-0776-7
  • Meru, G. and C. McGregor. 2016. Genotyping by sequencing for SNP discovery and genetic mapping of resistance to race 1 of Fusarium oxysporum in watermelon. Scientia Horticulturae 209: 31-40.
  • Naegele R. P., L.M. Quesada-Ocampo, J.D Kurjan, C. Saude, and M.K. Hausbeck. 2016 Regional and temporal population structure of Pseudoperonospora cubensis in Michigan and Ontario. Phytopathology 106: 372-379.
  • Summers, C.F., C.M. Gulliford, C.H. Carlson, J.A. Lillis, M.O. Carlson, L. Cadle-Davidson, D.H. Gent, and C.D. Smart. 2015. Identification of genetic variation between obligate plant pathogens Pseudoperonospora cubensis and P. humuli using RNA sequencing and genotyping-by-sequencing. PLoS ONE 10(11): eD143665. DOI: 1D.1371/journal.pone.D143665
  • Summers, C.F., N. Adair, D.H. Gent, M.T. McGrath, and C.D. Smart. 2015. Pseudoperonospora cubensis and P. humuli detection using species-specific probes and high definition melt curve analysis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 37:315-330. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2015.1053989
  • Tabima J.F., S.E. Everhart, M.M. Larsen, A.J. Weisberg, Z.N. Kamvar, M.A. Tancos, C.D. Smart, J.H. Chang, N.J. Grünwald. 2017. Microbe-ID: An open source toolbox for microbial genotyping and species identification. PeerJ 4:e2279; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2279
  • Wallace E., M. Adams., and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2015. First report of downy mildew on buffalo gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) caused by Pseudoperonospora cubensis in North Carolina. Plant Disease 99: 1861.
  • Wallace E., Y.J Choi., M. Thines, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. First report of Plasmopara aff. australis on Luffa cylindrica in the United States. Plant Disease 100: 537.
  • Webster, C.G., W.W. Turechek,, W. Li, C.S. Kousik, and S.Adkins. 2017. Development and evaluation of ELISA and qRT-PCR for identification of Squash vein yellowing virus in cucurbits. Plant Disease 101:178-185.
  • Wintermantel, W.M., R.L. Gilbertson, J.D. McCreight, and E.T. Natwick. 2015. Host-specific relationship between virus Titer and Whitefly Transmission of Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus. Plant Disease 100: 92-98.
  • Withers S., E. Gongora-Castillo, D. Gent, A. Thomas, P. Ojiambo, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2016. Using next-generation sequencing to develop molecular diagnostics for  Pseudoperonospora cubensis, the cucurbit downy mildew pathogen. Phytopathology 106: 1105-1116.