Research Publications


Cucumber – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

  • Li, Z., Y.H. Han, H.H. Niu, Y.H. Wang, B. Jiang, and Y. Weng. 2020. Gynoecy instability in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is due to unequal crossover at the copy number variation-dependent femaleness (F) locus. Horticulture Research 7: 32. DOI: 10.1038/s41438-020-0251-2
  • Wang, Y., K. Bo, X. Gu, J. Pan, Y. Li, J. Chen, C. Wen, Z. Ren, H. Ren, X. Chen, R. Grumet, and Y. Weng. 2020. Molecularly tagged genes and quantitative trait loci in cucumber with recommendations for QTL nomenclature. Horticulture Research 7, 3. DOI: 10.1038/s41438-019-0226-3

  • Rett-Cadman, S., M. Colle, B. Mansfeld., C.S. Barry, Y.H. Wang, Y. Weng, L. Gao, Z. Fei, and R. Grumet. 2019. QTL and transcriptomic analyses implicate cuticle transcription factor SHINE as a source of natural variation for epidermal traits in cucumber fruit. Front Plant Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01536
  • Sheng, Y.S., Y.P. Pan, Y.H. Li, L.M. Yang, and Y. Weng. 2019. Quantitative trait loci for fruit size and flowering time-related traits under domestication and diversifying selection in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Plant Breeding, DOI: 10.1111/pbr.12754
  • Wang, Y.H., K.L. Bo, X.F. Gu, J.S. Pan, Y.H. Li, J.F. Chen, C.L. Wen, Z.H. Ren, H.Z. Ren, X.H. Chen, R. Grumet, and Y. Weng. 2019. Molecularly tagged genes and quantitative trait loci in cucumber with recommendations for QTL nomenclature. Horticulture Research 7: 3. DOI: 10.1038/s41438-019-0226-3
  • Wang, Y., J. Tan, Z. Wu, K. VandenLangenberg, T.C. Wehner, C. Wen, X. Zheng, K. Owens, A. Thornton, H.H. Bang, E. Hoeft, P.A.G. Kraan, J. Suelmann, J. Pan, and Y. Weng. 2019. STAYGREEN STAY HEALTHY a loss of susceptibility mutation in the STAYGREEN gene provides durable broad spectrum disease resistances for over 50 years of US cucumber production. New Phytologist 221:415-430.
  • Weng, Y., 2019. Molecular breeding research in USDA-ARS cucumber improvement program – past, present and future. Journal Tianjin Agricultural Research 25(6) 6-18.
  • Zhao, J.Y., L. Jiang, G. Che, Y.P. Pan, Y.Q. Li, Y. Hou, W.S. Zhao, Y.T. Zhong, L. Ding, S.S. Yan,C.Z. Sun, R.Y. Liu, L.Y.Yan, T.Wu, X.X. Li, Y. Weng, and X.L. Zhao. 2019. A functional allele of CsFUL1 regulates fruit length through repressing CsSUP and inhibiting auxin transport in cucumber. Plant Cell. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.18.00905: CORRECTION Published June 2020. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.20.00150

  • Crane, M., T.C. Wehner, and R.P. Naegele. 2018. Cucumber cultivars for container gardening and the value of field trials for predicting cucumber performance in containers. HortScience 53: 16-22. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI11955-17
  • Dia, M., T.C. Wehner, G.W. Elmstrom, A. Gabert, J.E. Motes, J.E. Staub, G.E. Tolla, and I.E. Widders. 2018. Genotype X enviroment interaction for yield of pickling cucumber in 24 U.S. environments. Open Agriculture 3: 1-6. DOI: 10.1515/opag-2018-0001
  • Pan, J.S., J.Y. Tan, Y.H. Wang, X.Y. Zheng, K. Owens, D.W. Li, Y.H. Li, and Y. Weng. 2018. STAYGREEN (CsSGR) is a candidate for the anthracnose (Colletotrichum orbiculare) resistance locus cla in Gy14 cucumber. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 131: 1577–1587 DOI: 10.1007/s00122-018-3099-1
  • Wang, X., K. Bao, U.K. Reddy, Y. Bai, S.A. Hammar, C. Jiao, T.C. Wehner, A.O. Ramírez-Madera, Y. Weng, R. Grumet, and Z. Fei. 2018. The USDA cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) collection: genetic diversity, population structure, genome-wide association studies and core collection development. Horticulture Research. 5:64. DOI: 10.1038/s41438-018-0080-8
  • Wang, Y., J. Tan, Z. Wu, K. VandenLangenberg, T.C. Wehner, C. Wen, X. Zheng, K. Owens, A. Thornton, H.H. Bang, E. Hoeft, P.A.G. Kraan, J. Suelmann, J. Pan, Y. Weng. 2018. STAYGREEN, STAY HEALTHY: a loss‐of‐susceptibility mutation in the STAYGREEN gene provides durable, broad‐spectrum disease resistances for over 50 years of US cucumber production. New Phytologist. Vol. 221: 415-430.  DOI: 10.1111/nph.15353
  • Xu, W.W., J. Ji, Q. Xu, X.H. Qi, Y. Weng, X.H. Chen. 2018. The major-effect quantitative trait locus CsARN6.1 encodes an AAA ATPase domain-containing protein that is associated with waterlogging stress tolerance by promoting adventitious root formation.. Plant Journal 93(5):917-930 DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13819

  • Grumet, R., and M. Colle. 2017. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) breeding line with young fruit resistance to infection by Phytophthora capsici. HortScience. 52:922-924. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI11423-16
  • Liu, P.N., H. Miao, H. W. Lu, J.Y. Cui, G.L. Tian, T.C. Wehner, X.F. Gu and S.P. Zhang. 2017. Molecular mapping and candidate gene analysis for resistance to powdery mildew in Cucumis sativus stem. Genetics and Molecular Research 16: 1-9. DOI: 10.4238/gmr16039680
  • Mansfeld, B.N., M. Colle, Y. Kang, A.D. Jones, and R. Grumet. 2017. Transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses of cucumber fruit peels reveal a developmental increase in terpenoid glycosides associated with age-related resistance to Phytophthora capsici. Horticulture Research. 4:17022. DOI:  10.1038/hortres.2017.22
  • Pan, Y.P., S.P. Qu, K.L. Bo, M.L. Gao, K.R. Haider, and Y. Weng. 2017. QTL mapping of domestication and diversifying selection related traits in round-fruited semi-wild Xishuangbanna cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. var. xishuangbannanesis). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 130:1531-1548. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-017-2908-2.
  • Wang, Y.H., K. VandenLangenberg, C.L. Wen, T.C. Wehner, Y. Weng. 2017. QTL mapping of downy and powdery mildew resistances in PI 197088 cucumber with 3 genotyping-by-sequencing in RIL population. Theor Appl Genet 131: 597–611. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-017-3022-1
  • Zhang, S., H. Miao, Z. Song, P. Liu, Y. Wang, T. C. Wehner, X. Gu, and S. Zhang. 2017. Molecular mapping and candidate gene analysis for fruit epidermal structure in cucumber. Plant Breeding. DOI: 10.1111/pbr.12510

  • VandenLangenberg, K. and T.C. Wehner. 2016. Downy mildew disease progress in resistant and susceptible cucumbers tested in the field at different growth stages. HortScience 51: 984-988. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI.51.8.984
  • Wang, Y.H., K. VandenLangenberg, T.C. Wehner, P.A.G. Kraan, J. Suelmann, X. Zheng, K. Owens, and Y. Weng. 2016. QTL mapping for downy mildew resistance in cucumber inbred line WI7120 (PI 330628). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129: 1493-1505. DOI: 10.1007/s0012

  • Ando, K., K.M. Carr , M. Colle, B.N. Mansfeld, and R. Grumet. 2015. Exocarp properties and transcriptomic analysis of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) fruit expressing resistance to Phytophthora capsici. PLOS One 10: e0142133, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142133

Melon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications


  • Wintermantel, W.M., L.L.J. Hladky, P. Fashing, K. Ando, and J.D. McCreight. 2019. First report of Cucurbit chlorotic yellows virus infecting melon in the New World. Plant Disease. 103:778. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-08-18-1390-PDN
  • Zhao, G., Q. Lian, Z. Zhang, Q. Fu, Y. He, S. Ma, V. Ruggieri, A.J. Monforte, P. Wang, I. Julca, H. Wang, J. Liu, Y. Xu, R. Wang, J. Ji, Z. Xu, W. Kong, Y. Zhong, J. Shang, L. Pereira, J. Argyris, J. Zhang, C. Mayobre, M. Pujol, E. Oren, D. Ou, J. Wang, D. Sun, S. Zhao, Y. Zhu, N. Li, N. Katzir, A. Gur, C. Dogimont, H. Schaefer, W. Fan, A. Bendahmane, Z. Fei, M. Pitrat, T. Gabaldón, T. Lin, J. Garcia-Mas, Y. Xu, S. Huang. 2019. A comprehensive genome variation map of melon identifies multiple domestication events and loci influencing agronomic traits. Nature Genetics 51, pages 1607–1615. DOI: 10.1038/s41588-019-0522-8. DOI: 10.1038/s41588-019-0522-8

  • Galpaz, N., I. Gonda, D. Shem-Tov, O. Barad, G. Tzuri, S. Lev, Z. Fei, Y. Xu, N. Lombardi, L. Mao, C. Jiao, R. Harel-Beja, A. Doron-Faigenboim, O. Tzfadia, E. Bar, A. Meir, U. Saar, A. Fait, E. Halperin, M. Kenigswald, E. Fallik, G. Kol, G. Ronen, J. Burger, A. Gur, Y. Tadmor, V. Portnoy, A. Schaffer, E. Lewinsohn, J. Giovannoni, and N. Katzir. 2018. Deciphering genetic factors that determine melon fruit-quality traits using RNA-Seq-based high-resolution QTL and eQTL mapping. Plant J. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13838
  • Branham, S.E., A. Levi, M. Katawczik, Z. Fei, W.P. Wechter. 2018. Construction of a genome-anchored, high-density genetic map for melon (Cucumis melo L.) and identification of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis race 1 resistance QTL. Theor Appl Genetics 131:829-837. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-017-3039-5

  • Daley, J., S. Branham, A. Levi, R. Hassell, and P. Wechter. 2017. Mapping resistance to Alternaria cucumerina in Cucumis melo. Phytopathology 107:427-432. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-06-16-0246-R.
  • 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. 1151:237–244. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1151.37.
  • 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. 1151:101–107. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1151.17
  • Rabelo, H.d.O., L.d.S. Santos, G.M.M. Diniz, M.V. Marin, L.T. Braz, and J.D. McCreight. 2017. Cucurbits powdery mildew race identity and reaction of melon genotypes. Pesq. Agropec. Trop., Goiânia 47:440–447. DOI: 10.1590/1983-40632017v4749537
  • Wintermantel, W.M., R.L. Gilbertson, E.T. Natwick, and J.D. McCreight. 2017. Emergence and epidemiology of Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus in the American Desert Southwest, and development of host plant resistance in melon. Virus Res. 241:213-219. DOI: 10.1016/j.virusres.2017.06.004

  • 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. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01437.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.virusres.2016.01.001.

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

  • LaPlant, K.E., G. Vogel, E. Reeves, C.D. Smart, and M. Mazourek. 2020. Performance and resistance to Phytophthora crown and root rot in Cucurbita pepo lines. HortTechnology

  • Alzohairy, S.A., R. Hammerschmidt, and M.K. Hausbeck.  2019.  Changes in winter squash fruit exocarp structure associated with age-related resistance to Phytophthora capsici. Phytopathology 110:447-455. 10.1094/PHYTO-04-19-0128-R
  • Dhillon, N.P.S., S. Sanguansil , S. Srimat, S. Laenoi, R. Schafleitner, and J.D. McCreight. 2019. Inheritance of resistance to cucurbit powdery mildew in bitter gourd HortScience 54:1013–1016. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI13906-19
  • Peng, B., B. Kang, H. Wu, L. Liu, Z. Fei, N. Hong, and Q. Gu. 2019. Detection and genome characterization of a novel member of the genus Polerovirus from zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) in China. Arch Virol 164:2187-2191 DOI: 10.1007/s00705-019-04217-w

  • Krasnow, C.S., R. Hammerschmidt, and M.K. Hausbeck. 2017. Characteristics of resistance to Phytophthora root and crown rot in Cucurbita pepo L. Plant Disease 101:659-665. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-06-16-0867-RE.

  • Holdsworth, W.L., K.E. LaPlant, D.C. Bell, M.M. Jahn, and M. Mazourek. 2016. Cultivar-Based Introgression Mapping Reveals Wild-Species Derived Pm-0 The Major Powdery Mildew Resistance Locus in Squash. PLOS ONE. e0167715. DOI:  10.1371/journal.pone.0167715
  • Krasnow, C.S., and M.K. Hausbeck. 2016. Evaluation of winter squash and pumpkin cultivars for age-related resistance to Phytophthora capsici fruit rot. HortScience 51:1251-1255. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI11173-16

  • 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. DOI: 10.1186/s12864-015-2312-8

Watermelon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications

  • Kousik, C.S. and S. Adkins. 2020. Detection of Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus infecting watermelon in South Carolina. Plant Health Progress. 2:133-134. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-03-20-0016-BR
  • Guo, S., H. Sun, Y. Xu, and Z. Fei. 2020. Citrullus lanatus (Genome of the month). Trends in Genetics 36(6):456-457. DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2020.01.010
  • Ren, Y., H. Sun, M. Zong, S. Guo, Z. Ren, J. Zhao, M. Li, J. Zhang, S. Tian, J. Wang, Y. Yu, G. Gong, H. Zhang, H. He, L. Li, X. Zhang, F. Liu, Z. Fei, and Y. Xu. 2020. Localization shift of a sugar transporter contributes to phloem unloading in sweet watermelons. New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.16659

  • Bertucci, M.B, K.M. Jennings, D.W. Monks, J.R. Schultheis, F.J. Louws, and D.L. Jordan. 2019. Interference of (Amaranthus palmeri) density in grafted and nongrafted watermelon. Weed Sci. 67(2):229-238. DOI: 10.1017/wsc.2018.77
  • Branham,S.E., W.P. Wechter, K. Ling, B. Chanda, L. Massey, G. Zhao, N. Guner, M. Bello, E. Kabelka, Z. Fei, and A. Levi. 2019. QTL mapping of resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 2 and Papaya ringspot virus in Citrullus amarus. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-019-03500-3.
  • Branham, S.E.,  A. Levi, and W.P. Wechter. 2019. QTL Mapping Identifies Novel Source of Resistance to Fusarium Wilt Race 1 in Citrullus amarus. Plant Disease 103:984-989. APS Publications: Published Online:11 Mar 2019. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-09-18-1677-RE
  • Branham, S.E., A. Levi, M.L. Katawczik, and W.P. Wechter. 2019. QTL mapping of resistance to bacterial fruit blotch in Citrullus amarus. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-019-03292-6
  • Guner, N., Z. Pesic-VanEsbroeck, L.A. Rivera-Burgos and T.C. Wehner. 2019. Screening for resistance to Zucchini yellow mosaic virus in the watermelon germplasm. HortScience 54: 206-211. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI13325-18.
  • Guo, S., S. Zhao, H. Sun, X. Wang, S. Wu, T. Lin, Y. Ren, L. Gao, Y. Deng, J. Zhang, X. Lu, H. Zhang, J. Shang, G. Gong, C. Wen, N. He, S. Tian, M. Li, J. Liu, Y. Wang, Y. Zhu, R. Jarret, A. Levi, X. Zhang, S. Huang, Z. Fei, W. Liu, Y. Xu. 2019. Resequencing of 414 cultivated and wild watermelon accessions identifies selection for fruit quality traits. Nature Genetics 51:1616-1623. DOI: 10.1038/s41588-019-0518-4
  • Joshi, V., S. Shinde, P. Nimmakayala, V.L. Abburi, S.B. Alaparthi, C. Lopez-Ortiz, and U.K. Reddy. 2019. Haplotype networking of GWAS hits for citrulline variation associated with the domestication of watermelon. Int J Mol Sci 20:5392. DOI:  10.3390/ijms20215392
  • Kousik, C.S., J.L. Ikerd, and M.K. Mandal. 2019. Relative susceptibility of commercial watermelon varieties to powdery mildew. Crop Protection 125:104910. DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2019.104910
  • Simmons, A.M., R.L. Jarret, C.L. Cantrell, and A. Levi. 2019. Citrullus ecirrhosus: Wild source of resistance against Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) for cultivated watermelon. Journal of Economic Entomology DOI: 10.1093/jee/toz069.
  • Suchoff, D.H., J.R. Schultheis, C.C. Gunter, R.L. Hassell, and F.J. Louws. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/14620316.2019.1624629 
  • Sui, X., R. Li, M. Shamimuzzaman, Z. Wu, and K.S. Ling. 2019. Understanding the transmissibility of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in watermelon seeds and seed health assays. Plant Disease. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-10-18-1787-RE
  • Simmons, A.M., R.L. Jarret, C.L. Cantrell, and A. Levi. 2019. Citrullus ecirrhosus: Wild source of resistance against Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) for cultivated watermelon. Journal of Economic Entomology DOI: 10.1093/jee/toz069
  • Wu, S., X. Wang, U. Reddy, H. Sun, K. Bao, L. Gao, L. Mao, T. Patel, C. Ortiz, V. Abburi, P. Nimmakayala, S. Branham, P. Wechter, L. Massey, K. Ling, S. Kousik, S. Hammar, Y. Tadmor, V. Portnoy, G. Vitaly, K. Amit; N. Katzir,  N. Guner, Nihat; A. Davis, A. Hernandez, C. Wright, C. McGregor, R. Jarret, X. Zhang, Y. Xu, T. Wehner, R. Grumet, A. Levi, and Z. Fei. 2019. Genome of ‘Charleston Gray’, the principal American watermelon cultivar, and genetic characterization of 1,365 accessions in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection. Plant Biotechnology J 17:2246-2258. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.13136

  • Branham, S.E., W.P. Wechter, S. Lambel, L. Massey, M. Ma, J. Fuave, M.W. Farnham, and A. Levi. 2018. QTL-seq and marker development for resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 1 in cultivated watermelon. Molec Breed 38:139. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-018-0896-9
  • Fall, L.A., J. Clevenger, C. McGregor. 2018. Assay development and marker validation for marker assisted selection of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 1 in watermelon. Molec Breed 38:130. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-018-0890-2
  • Guner, N., Z. Pesic-VanEsbroeck, L.A. Rivera-Burgos, and T.C. Wehner. 2018. Inheritance of resistance to Papaya ringspot virus-watermelon strain in watermelon. HortScience 53(5): 1-4. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12944-18
  • Guner, N., L.A. Rivera-Burgos, and T.C. Wehner. 2018. Inheritance of resistance to Zucchini yellow mosaic virus in watermelon. HortScience 53: 1115-1118. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI13169-18
  • Kantor, M., A. Levi. 2018. Utilizing genetic resources and precision agriculture to enhance resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in watermelon. Notulae Scientia Biologicae. 10: 2067-3205. DOI: 10.15835/nsb10110242
  • Kantor, M., A. Levi, J.A. Thies, N. Guner, C. Kantor, S. Parnham, A. Boroujerdi. 2018. NMR analysis reveals a wealth of metabolites in root-knot nematode resistant roots of Citrullus amarus watermelon plants. Journal of Nematology. 50:1-15. DOI: 10.21307/jofnem-2018-030
  • Kousik, C.S., J. Ikerd, M. Manda, S. Adkins, W.W. Turechek. 2018. Watermelon germplasm lines USVL608-PMR, USVL255-PMR, USVL313-PMR, and USVL585-PMR with broad resistance to powdery mildew. HortScience 53:1212-1217. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12979-18
  • Kousik, C.S., J.L. Ikerd, and W. Turechek. 2018. Development of Phytophthora fruit rot caused by Phytophthora capsici on resistant and susceptible watermelon fruit of different ages. Plant Disease 102:370-374. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-06-17-0898-RE
  • Kousik, C.S., M.K. Mandal, and R. Hassell. 2018. Powdery mildew resistant rootstocks that impart tolerance to grafted susceptible watermelon scion seedlings. Plant Disease. Plant Disease. 102:1290-1298. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-09-17-1384-RE
  • Saminathan, T., M. García , B. Ghimire, C. Lopez, A. Bodunrin, P. Nimmakayala, V.L. Abburi, A. Levi, N. Balagurusamy, U.K. Reddy. 2018. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses of diverse watermelon cultivars reveal the role of fruit associated microbiome in carbohydrate metabolism and ripening of mature fruits. Front Plant Sci. 9:4. DOI:  10.3389/fpls.2018.00004

  • Branham, S., L. Vexler, A. Meir, G. Tzuri, Z. Frieman, A. Levi, W.P. Wechter, Y. Tadmor and A. Gur. 2017. Genetic mapping of a major codominant QTL associated with β-carotene accumulation in watermelon. Mol. Breeding DOI: 10.1007/s11032-017-0747-0
  • Gusmini, G., L.A. Rivera-Burgos and T.C. Wehner. 2017. Inheritance of resistance to gummy stem blight in watermelon. HortScience 52: 1477-1482. DOI: 10.21273/JASHS03834-16
  • Kousik, C.S., P. Ji, D. Egel, and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo.  2017. Fungicide rotation schemes for managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon across Southeastern United States. Plant Health Progress 18: 28-34. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0059
  • Levi, A. and K. Ling. USVL-380, a Zucchini yellow mosaic virus-resistant watermelon breeding line. 2017. HortScience 52:1448–1450. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12292-17
  • Levi, A., A.M. Simmons, L. Massey, J. Coffey, W.P. Wechter, R.L. Jarret, Y. Tadmor, P. Nimmakayala, and U.K. Reddy.  2017.  Genetic diversity in the desert watermelon Citrullus colocynthis and its relationship with Citrullus species as determined by high-frequency oligonucleotides-targeting active gene markers.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 142(1):47–56. DOI: 10.21273/JASHS03834-16
  • Ren, Y., S. Guo, J. Zhang, H. He, H. Sun, S. Tian, G. Gong, H. Zhang, A. Levi, Y. Tadmor, and Y. Xu. 2017. A tonoplast sugar transporter underlies a sugar accumulation QTL in watermelon. Plant Physiology DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.01290
  • Wehner, T.C., R.P. Naegele and P. Perkins-Veazie. 2017. Heritability and genetic variance components associated with citrulline, arginine, and lycopene content in diverse watermelon cultigens. HortScience 52: 936-940. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI11255-16

  • 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. 2017 Feb;130(2):319-330. Epub 2016 Nov 1. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-016-2813-0
  • 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. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-S-15-0047
  • 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. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI.51.1.4
  • Levi, A., R.K. Harris-Shultz, and K.S. Ling. 2016. USVL-370, a Zucchini yellow mosaic virus–resistant Watermelon Breeding Line. HortScience 51:107–109. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12292-17
  • 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.scienta.2016.06.005
  • 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 41 (1): tsw088 DOI: 10.1093/amt/tsw088
  • 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
  • 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. DOI: 10.21307/jofnem-2017-004
  • 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. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI.51.8.1065

Cucurbit Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

  • Grumet, R, Z. Fei, A. Levi, M. Mazourek, J.D. McCreight, J. Schultheis, Y. Weng, M. Hausbeck, S. Kousik, K.S. Ling, A. Linares-Ramirez, C. McGregor, L. Quesada-Ocampo, U. Reddy, C. Smart, P. Wechter, T. Wehner, L. Wessel-Beaver, W.M. Wintermantel. 2020. The CucCAP project: Leveraging applied genomics to improve disease resistance in cucurbit crops. Proceedings 6th International Symposium on Cucurbits. Ghent, Belgium.
  • Guo, S., H. Sun, Y. Xu, and Z. Fei. 2020. Citrullus lanatus. Trends in Genetics | (Genome of the Month). DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2020.01.010
  • Pan, Y., Y. Wang, C. McGregor. et al. 2020. Genetic architecture of fruit size and shape variation in cucurbits: a comparative perspective. Theor Appl GeneTheoretical and Applied Geneticst 133, 1–21. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-019-03481-3

  • Zhang, Z., Y. Zheng, B.K. Ham, S. Zhang, Z. Fei, and W.J. Lucas. 2019. Plant lncRNAs are enriched in and move systemically through the phloem in response to phosphate deficiency. J Integr Plant Biol 61:492-508.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12715

  • Dhillon, N.P.S., S. Sanguansil, S. Srimat, R. Schafleitner, B. Manjunath, P. Agarwal, Q. Xiang, M.A.T. Masud, T. Myint, N.T. Hanh, T.K. Cuong, C.H. Balatero, V. Salutan-Bautista, M. Pitrat, A. Lebeda, and J.D. McCreight. 2018. Cucurbit powdery mildew-resistant bitter gourd breeding lines reveal four races of Podosphaera xanthii in Asia. HortScience 53:337–341. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12545-17
  • Kousik, C.S., J.L. Ikerd, M.K. Mandal, S. Adkins, C.G. Webster, and W.W. Turechek. 2018. Powdery mildew-resistant bottle gourd germplasm lines: USVL351-PMR and USVL482-PMR. HortScience 53(8):1224-1227. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI13067-18
  • Mansfeld, B.N., and R. Grumet. 2018. QTLseqr: An R package for bulk segregant analysis with next generation sequencing. The Plant Genome. DOI: 10.3835/plantgenome2018.01.0006
  • Zheng, Y.,  S. Wu, Y. Bai, H. Sun, C. Jiao, S. Guo, K. Zhao, J. Blanca, Z. Zhang, S. Huang, Y. Xu, Y. Weng, M. Mazourek, U.K. R., K. Ando, J.D. McCreight, A.A. Schaffer, J. Burger, Y. Tadmor, N. Katzir, X. Tang, Y. Liu, J.J. Giovannoni, K. Ling, W.P. Wechter, A. Levi, J. Garcia-Mas, R. Grumet, and Z. Fei. 2018. Cucurbit Genomics Database (CuGenDB): a central portal for comparative and functional genomics of cucurbit crops. Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 47, Issue D1, 8 January 2019, Pages D1128–D1136. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gky944

  • Cutulle, M.A., H. Harrison, C.S. Kousik, P. Wadl, and A. Levi. 2017. Bottle gourd genotypes vary in clomazone tolerance. HortScience 52:1687–1691. DOI: 10.21273/HORTSCI12201-17
  • Dia, M., T.C. Wehner, and C. Arellano. 2017. RGxE: An R program for genotype x environment interaction analysis. Amer. J. Plant Sci. 8: 1672-1698. DOI10.4236/ajps.2017.87116
  • 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
  • Sun, H., S. Wu, G. Zhang, C. Jiao, S. Guo, Y. Ren, J. Zhang, H. Zhang, G. Gong, Z. Jia, F. Zhang, J. Tian, W.J. Lucas, J.J. Doyle, H. Li, Z. Fei, Y. Xu. 2017. Karyotype stability and unbiased fractionation in the paleo-allotetraploid Cucurbita genomes. Molecular Plant, DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2017.09.003
  • Weng, Y., and T.C. Wehner. 2017. Cucumber Gene Catalog 2017. Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative 2017 issues 34-35
  • Wu, S., M. Shamimuzzaman, H. Sun, J. Salse, X. Sui, A. Wilder, Z. Wu, A. Levi, Y. Xu, K-S. Ling, and Z. Fei. 2017. The bottle gourd genome provides insights into Cucurbitaceae evolution and facilitates mapping of a Papaya ringspot virus resistance locus. Plant Journal 92(5):963-975. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13722

  • 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. DOI: 10.21273/JASHS03748-16.
  • 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. [PDF] DOI: 10.1094/PHP-BR-15-0048.

Cucurbit Pathology Publications

  • Hausbeck, M.K., C.S. Krasnow, and S.D. Linderman. 2020. Methyl bromide alternatives for Phytophthora capsici on Michigan’s cucurbit crops. Acta Horticulturae 1270: 307-314. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1270.37
  • Vogel, G.M.,M.A. Gore, and C.D. Smart. 2020. Genome-wide association study in New York Phytophthora capsici isolates reveals loci involved in mating type and mefenoxam sensitivity. Phytopathology.

  • Keinath, A.P., S.A. Miller, and C.D. Smart. 2019. Response of Pseudoperonospora cubensis to preventative fungicide applications varies by state and year. Plant Health Progress. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-04-19-0028-RS
  • Keinath, A.P., W.P. Wechter, W.B. Rutter, and P.A. Agudelo.  2019. Cucurbit rootstocks resistant to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. niveum remain resistant when co-infected by Meloidogyne incognita in the field. Plant Disease. 103:1383-1390. 10.1094/PDIS-10-18-1869-RE

  • Crandall, S.G., A. Rahman, L.M. Quesada-Ocampo, F.N. Martin, G.J. Bilodeau, and T.D. Miles. 2018. Advances in diagnostics of downy mildews: lessons learned from other oomycetes and future challenges. Plant Disease 102: 265-275. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-09-17-1455-FE.
  • Keinath, A.P., K.S. Ling, S. Adkins, D.K. Hasegawa, A.M. Simmons, S. Hoak, H.C. Mellinger, and C.S. Kousik. 2018. First report of Cucurbit leaf crumple virus infecting three cucurbit crops in South Carolina. Plant Health Progress 19:322-323. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-07-18-0039-BR
  • Keinath, A.P., G. Rennberger, and C.S. Kousik. 2018. First report of resistance to boscalid in Podosphaera xanthii, cucurbit powdery mildew, in South Carolina. Plant Health Progress 19:220-221. DOI: 10.1094/PHP-03-18-0009-BR
  • Lebeda, A., E. Křístková, B. Sedláková, and J.D. McCreight. 2018. Initiative for uniform cucurbit powdery mildew race determination and denomination: status of race differentials. Cucurbit Genet. Coop. Rept. 41:17–19.
  • Lebeda, A., E. Křístková, B. Sedláková, J.D. McCreight, and E. Kosman. 2018. Virulence variation of cucurbit powdery mildews in the Czech Republic – population approach. European J. Plant Pathol. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-018-1476-x
  • Parada-Rojas, C.H. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2018. Analysis of microsatellites from transcriptome sequences of Phytophthora capsici and applications for population studies. Scientific Reports 8: 5194. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-23438-8.
  • Rennberger, G., C.S. Kousik, and A.P. Keinath. 2018. First report of powdery mildew on Cucumis zambianus, Cucurbita digitata and Melothria scabra caused by Podosphaera xanthii. Plant Disease 102:246. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-06-17-0916-PDN

  • 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
  • Parada-Rojas, C. H., and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2017. Population structure of the oomycete soilborne pathogen Phytophthora capsici in North Carolina. Phytopathology 107 (12): 21.
  • Rahman, A., Wallace E., Crouch J., Martin F., and L. M.Quesada-Ocampo. 2017. Unravelling historical shifts in Pseudoperonospora cubensis populations in the U.S. that resulted in the 2004 cucurbit downy mildew epidemic. Phytopathology.
  • Rahman, A., T. D. Miles, F. N. Martin, and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2017. Molecular approaches for development of biosurveillance tools for the cucurbit downy mildew pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 39: 282-296. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2017.1357661
  • Tabima, J.F., S.E. Everhart, M.M. Larsen, A.J. Weisberg, Z.N. Kamvar, M.A. Tancos, C.D. Smart, J.H. Chang, and N.J. Grünwald. 2017. Microbe-ID: An open source toolbox for microbial genotyping and species identification. PeerJ 4:e2279; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2279
  • Thomas, A., I. Carbone, K. Choe, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, and P. Ojiambo. 2017. Resurgence of cucurbit downy mildew in the United States: Insights from comparative genomic analysis of Pseudoperonospora cubensis. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6231-6246. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3194
  • Wallace, E. and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2017. Analysis of microsatellites from the transcriptome of downy mildew pathogens and their application for characterization of Pseudoperonospora populations. PeerJ 5: e3266. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3266 
  • 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. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-06-16-0872-RE

  • 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
  • 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. [PDF] DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-02-15-0043-R
  • 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. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-06-15-0684-PDN.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-10-15-0260-FI

Books

  • Wehner, T.C. and R.P. Naegele. 2019. Advances in breeding of cucumber and watermelon (p. 188). Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 225 p.
  • Wehner, T.C., R. Naegele, J. Myers, K. Crosby, and N.P.S. Dhillon. 2019. Cucurbits. CAB International, New York, NY, 225 p.

  • Adkins, S.T., and C.S. Kousik. 2017. Cucumber vein yellowing virus (p. 143-144). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M., T.C. Wehner, and J.E. Staub. 2017. Moisture stress (p. 187-188). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Quesada-Ocampo, L.M., T.C. Wehner, and J.E. Staub. 2017. Temperature stress (p. 188-189). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Wehner, T.C. 2017. Bitter fruit (p. 185). In: A.P. Keinath, W. M. Wintermantel and T. A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Wehner, T.C. 2017. Pollination problems (p. 188). In: A.P. Keinath, W. M. Wintermantel and T. A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Adkins, S.T., W. Turechek, P.D. Roberts, S.E. Webb, C.A. Baker, and C.S. Kousik. 2017. Squash vein yellowing virus. (p. 149-151). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grumet, R., J. Garcia-Mas, and N. Katzir. 2017. Cucurbit Genetics and Genomics: A Look to the Future. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. eds. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2017_1
  • Grumet, R., N. Katzir, and J. Garcia-Mas. 2017. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models. Vol. 20 Springer International Publishing. ISBN978-3-319-49330-5. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49332-9
  • Hausbeck, M.K. and L.M. Quesada-Ocampo. 2017. Phytophthora crown and root rot (p. 43-45). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Levi, A., R. Jarret, S. Kousi., P. Wechter, P. Nimmakayala, and U.K. Reddy. 2017. Genetic Resources of Watermelon. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_34
  • McCreight, J.D. 2017. Botany and culture (p. 1-9). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • McCreight, J.D. and A.P. Keinath. 2017. Crown blight of melons and crown decline of watermelon (p. 185–186). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Nimmakayala, P., T. Saminathan, V. L. Abburi, L. K. Yadav, Y. Tomason, A. Levi, Y. Weng, and U.K. Reddy. 2017. Comparative Genomics of the Cucurbitaceae. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds.) Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_2
  • Schultheis, J.R. 2017. Cultural production (p. 11-16). In: A.P. Keinath, W.M. Wintermantel and T.A. Zitter (eds.). Compendium of cucurbit diseases and pests, second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, Minn.

  • Bai, Y., Z. Zhang, and Z. Fei. 2016. Databases and Bioinformatics for Cucurbit Species. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds) Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_27
  • 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. Gourds: Bitter, bottle, wax, snake, sponge and ridge. Chapter 7. DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_24
  • Grumet, R. and M. Colle. 2016. Genomic Analysis of Cucurbit Fruit Growth. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. eds. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_4
  • McCreight, J.D. 2016. Cultivation and Uses of Cucurbits. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_2
  • Naegele, R.P. and T.C. Wehner. 2016. Genetic Resources of Cucumber. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds. Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/7397_2016_15
  • Weng, Y., 2016. The Cucumber Genome. In: Grumet R., Katzir N., Garcia-Mas J. (eds) Genetics and Genomics of Cucurbitaceae. Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models, vol 20. Springer, Cham DOI 10.1007/7397_2016_6

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