Genomics and Bioinformatics Team | 2020 CucCAP Progress Report

Cucurbit Genomic Team members include Zhangjun Fei (Boyce Thompson Institute), Umesh Reddy (West Virginia St. Univ.), Amnon Levi (USDA, ARS), Yiqun Weng (USDA, ARS), Michael Mazourek (Cornell University), Pat Wechter (USDA, ARS), and Rebecca Grumet (Michigan State University). In closely working with Cornell Genomic Diversity Facilty, the team has set up the genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) platform for the cucurbit species and have established a GBS data analysis pipeline based on TASSEL-GBS.

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Watermelon Team | 2020 CucCAP Progress Report

CucCAP Watermelon Team Members include Amnon Levi, Patrick Wechter, Shaker Kousik, Kai-shu Ling (USDA, ARS), Todd Wehner (NC State) and Cecilia McGregor (UGA). Overall objectives include identifying quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with resistance to major and emerging diseases, developing useful molecular markers and utilizing the genomic tools to incorporate resistance into watermelon cultivars. Major diseases on watermelon include Fusarium wilt, Gummy stem blight, Powdery mildew, Phytophthora fruit rot, Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) and Cucumber green motile mosaic virus (CGMMV).

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Extension Team | 2020 CucCAP Progress Report

Team members Jonathan Schultheis (NC State University), Mary Hausbeck (Michigan State University), Angela Linares (University of Puerto Rico), Jim McCreight (USDA, ARS), Lina Quesada (NC State University), and Chris Smart (Cornell University) developed a centralized cucurbit disease website, developed and posted diagnostic resources and disease control information, provided diagnostic and disease management assistance, conducted field days, cucurbit variety trials, and disease demonstration plots.

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