Michael Mazourek’s New Seed Company is Helping Bring the Flavor Back to Cucurbits | Seed World Daily

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Cornell University vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to chat about his work on the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project, bringing the flavor back to vegetables and his new seed company partnership with celebrity chef Dan Barber. Read More Listen to the podcast here

Continue reading


2018 Pickle Packer’s International Product Showcase

Dr. Michael Mazourek from the School of Integrated Plant Science at Cornell University will present the talk, Downy Mildew Resistance from Slicers to Picklers. Cornell has developed slicing cucumbers with downy mildew resistance for organic growers and released them through a rapid response approach that puts step-wise improvements in grower fields. Following concerns about fungicide cost, […]

Continue reading


Pickle Variety Twilight Meeting – Cornell Vegetable Program

Vegetable growers toured an on-farm plot of early generation Cornell downy mildew resistant pickle breeding lines. Dr. Michael Mazourek, Professor of Plant Breeding, and lab members, were on-site to walk growers through the plot and review plant selections. Feedback from growers helps Cornell researchers make selections for the next generation of pickle variety releases. Organic control […]

Continue reading


Cornell Vegetables Program

Links of Interest Cornell Vegetables Crop  Information for cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash, and watermelons Pest management Vegetable Pathology – Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center Processing vegetable variety trials Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic News and Events People Mazourek, Michael SIPS Plant Breeding and Genetics Section McGrath, Meg SIPS Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section; Long […]

Continue reading


Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs – Scientific American

Mazourek belongs to a new generation of plant breeders who combine traditional farming with rapid genetic analysis to create more flavorful, colorful, shapely and nutritious fruits and vegetables. These modern plant breeders are not genetic engineers; in most cases they do not directly manipulate plant DNA in the lab. Rather, they sequence the genomes of […]

Continue reading