Umesh Reddy and team at WVSU and Amnon Levi and team at USDA, ARS used advance genome sequencing technology to study the effect of genome doubling on gene expression in tetraploid watermelon versus their counterpart diploid watermelon parental plants.
CucCAP researcher Amnon Levi collaborated with other scientists at the USDA ARS to develop a pioneering concept of using big data and computational biology to identify and catalog all of the phytochemicals that exist in edible fruit.
CucCAP scientist, Rebecca Grumet, will present, “Application of genomic tools for mapping and analysis of valuable traits in cucurbit” at the XIIth Eucarpia Meeting on Cucurbit Genetics and Breeding.
The CucCAP Watermelon team is led by USDA-ARS Research Geneticist Amnon Levi. Co-investigators include Sandra Branham, Cecelia McGregor, Kai-Shu Ling, Shaker Kousik, Umesh Reddy, and Pat Wechter.
The cucurbit research community is encouraged to continue to share research, manuscripts, reports, descriptions of new techniques, interesting observations from their regions, or any information that could be of use or interest to the cucurbit genetics and related research communities.
CucCAP scientists and other researchers authored reports in the 2019 Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (CGC) report which was published in September 2020.
In a recent study, CucCAP researchers used a digital imaging technology to evaluate the root systems in 335 watermelon accessions.
CucCAP researchers identified a major QTL associated with sulfur tolerance in a melon mapping population. Genetic markers were developed for the major QTL and can be used to incorporate sulfur tolerance in melon breeding programs.