Gummy stem blight (GSB), also known as black rot, is a common issue for watermelon producers in the Southeast. Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes GSB, favors warm and humid weather, leaving the Southeast growing region susceptible to the disease’s devastating effects. If not managed well, it can cause significant yield loss for growers. Currently labeled […]
University of Florida presenters at the Florida Ag Expo in November discussed control Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Gummy Stem Blight on Cucurbits.
CucCAP plant breeder, Todd Wehner talks about breeding cucumber and watermelon varieties for disease resistance.
Watermelon rootstock knocks out disease, pests
Gummy stem blight (GSB) and fusarium wilt (FW) can be common problems for watermelon producers in the Southeast. These two diseases are caused by fungal pathogens from the same taxonomic subphylum, but that is where the similarities end. GSB tends to be more of a foliar pathogen that can move to the petioles and vines, […]
The Vegetable and Specialty Crop News June 2019 edition features two articles about disease problems of interest to cucurbit growers. An article from Florida State Cooperative Extension Vegetable Pathology titled, What to do about watermelon gummy stem blight and fusarium wilt, highlights two disease priorities on watermelon. The need for new virus resistant squash and melon […]
Gummy stem blight affecting watermelons in Jackson County
CucCAP researchers are among grant recipients from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in 2018 Biosurveillance of cucurbit downy mildew: North Carolina State University will develop a bio-surveillance program for precision disease management of Cucurbit Downy Mildew through early detection of Pseudoperonospora cubensis airborne sporangia, establishing crop risk and fungicide resistance, and disseminating results to […]