CucCAP scientist James D. McCreight is a contributor to the 2021 CGC report.
McCreight Lab @ USDA-ARS
Research Leader for USDA-ARS Crop Improvement and Protection Research Program in Salinas, CA. Kaori Ando is a Research Geneticist in the Salinas Lab.
2021 CucCAP Melon Team Publications and Presentations
Melon – Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Pathology Publications and Presentations
CucCAP researchers compile analysis of genetic resources and vulnerabilities for cucurbit crops
Germplasm collections maintained by the US National Plant Germplasm System and those of other countries are critical sources of diversity utilized by breeders for crop improvement. This review summarizes status of collections and vulnerabilities for cucurbit crops.
Melon Team | 2021 Progress Report
Jim McCreight leads the Melon team. Their objectives are to Map and develop markers for disease resistance in Melon and introgress, pyramid/stack resistances into advanced breeding lines.
CucCAP researchers genetically characterize more than 2000 melon accessions in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
The U.S. National Plant Germplasm System maintains a melon germplasm collection from worldwide melon production areas and regions where primitive melons exist. The CucCAP team genetically characterized the collection to increase understanding of genetic diversity, phylogenetic relationships, and population structure of the collection, and to improve melon taxonomic classifications. A core collection was developed from the analysis to provide a public resource for future research and genomics-assisted breeding. Thirty-five morphological characters were evaluated in the core collection to identify genomic regions potentially related to fruit quality and other horticultural traits important in melon improvement.
CucCAP researchers identify QTL for resistance to Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus in melon
Resistance to CYSDV is exhibited by melon PI 313970, a vegetable type melon introduced from India.
XIIth Eucarpia Meeting on Cucurbit Genetics and Breeding
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.
Meet the CucCAP Melon Team
The CucCAP melon team is breeding melons for disease resistance to Powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, and Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus.