Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers | NC State Extension & CFSA

NC State Extension reported via Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance and Organic Seed Alliance : Farmers looking for disease-resistant cucurbits now have more choices thanks to the release of new cucumber and melon varieties by Cornell University—the result of years of research by public plant breeders and organic farmers. “Our approach to plant breeding involves a close collaboration with […]

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CucCAP team developed a new database for cucurbit genomics

During the past several years, large amounts of genomic, transcriptomic and genetic data have been accumulated for cucurbits. These data have been extensively used to facilitate cucurbit research and breeding. However, efficient access, and ability to mine and analyze these large-scale datasets pose challenges to researchers, especially those with limited bioinformatics expertise. Therefore, the CucCAP […]

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Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease | NPR

According to USDA records, pickling cucumber acreage declined nearly 25 percent between 2004 and 2015. Globally, downy mildew threatens fields as far flung as India, Israel, Mexico and China. “This is the number one threat to the pickle industry,” says vegetable pathologist Lina Quesada-Ocampo of North Carolina State University. The growers, she says, lose money on failed crops […]

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CucCAP team presentations at Cucurbitaceae 2018

CucCAP plant breeders, pathologists and genomic scientists will present results of their work with cucurbit breeding lines and disease resistance at Cucurbitaceae 2018. On Wednesday, November 14, Rebecca Grumet will be the keynote speaker in the first genomics session with the presentation, The CucCAP Project: Genomic Tools and Resources to Facilitate Breeding for Disease Resistance […]

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2018 CucCAP Squash Team Annual Report

Progress Reports and Work Plans Team members: Michael Mazourek, (team leader, Cornell Univ.), Linda Beaver (Univ. Puerto Rico), Angel Linares (Univ. Puerto Rico), Chris Smart (Cornell Univ.) Powdery mildew resistance in squash 2.2.4.1 Marker development and verification (Mazourek lab –K. LaPlant) Completed in 2017 Virus resistance in squash 2.1.4.3, 2.1.4.4. Mapping resistance (M. Mazourek lab-K. LaPlant) We […]

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2018 CucCAP Melon Team Annual Report

Progress Reports and Work Plans Team members: Jim McCreight (USDA, ARS), Shaker Kousik (USDA, ARS), Michael Mazourek (Cornell Univ), Pat Wechter (USDA, ARS), Bill Wintermantel (USDA, ARS) reported on their lab’s progress and plans. 1.2. Perform GBS analysis of PI collections, establish core populations, provide community resource for genome wide association studies (GWAS) 1.2.1. GBS of cucurbit […]

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