CucCAP scientist Samikshya Rijal is working on watermelon breeding and genetics. Her primary goal is to assist in the development of gummy stem blight (GSB) resistant breeding material.
Vegetable disease specialists from the University of Georgia discuss viruses affecting watermelon, squash and cucumbers including cucurbit leaf crumple virus, cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, and squash vein yellowing virus.
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.
We identified QTLs associated with gummy stem blight resistance in an interspecific F2:3 Citrullus population and developed marker assays for selection of the loci in watermelon.
CucCAP scientists and other researchers authored reports in the 2019 Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (CGC) report which was published in September 2020.
In the September 2020 edition of the Vegetable and Specialty Crop News Magazine, CucCAP vegetable breeder Cecilia McGregor and Extentension Specialist George Boyhan discuss pumpkin, watermelon, and summer squash breeding work at UGA.
Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, and disease management publications and presentations for watermelon from the CucCAP team.
The McGregor Lab at UGA will collaborate with researchers from three research institutions to use a grant from the USDA to fight whiteflies on vegetable crops. Cecilia McGregor and her lab group will be involved with research on Plant resistant traits and Molecular tools & biotechnology.