Five years ago, there was no solid foundation for managing fusarium wilt in watermelons. Now, researchers have identified several techniques watermelon growers can use to help combat the disease. Continue Reading
The group determined that bottle gourd rootstocks were effective in imparting resistance to the susceptible watermelon scion and released the two bottle gourd rootstocks that were the most effective in conferring resistance.
Researchers are studying the effects of grafting in watermelon crops to manage a pathogen continuing to cause problems for many Florida growers. Read More
UF/IFAS researchers grafted seedless watermelon onto squash rootstocks to ward off soil-borne diseases such as fusarium wilt. Credit: Courtesy, Xin Zhao, UF/IFAS Source: Watermelon cultivar wards off soil-borne diseases
Source: watermelon – Weekly Crop Update – Cooperative Extension in Delaware
Plants presented with fusarium wilt in both experiments, which the researchers said was the “main limitation” for nongrafted plant production. Source: Grafting increases Chilean-grown watermelon yield, quality – ASHS