NC Vegetable Grower’s Association Ag Expo

CucCAP scientists Lina Quesada-Ocampo and Jonathan Schultheis will present:
Disease Management and Downy Mildew, Cultivars to Consider Growing in North Carolina
Pumpkin Spacing Considerations: Effects on Yield, Size and Fruit Uniformity
Watermelon Cultivar Evaluations in Fields with Minimal or High Levels of Fusarium Wilt
Potential Fusarium Wilt Management Strategies

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CucCAP scientists translate genomic studies into novel detection method for precision management of downy mildew outbreaks

Downy mildew caused by Pseudoperonospora cubensis is the most destructive foliar disease affecting cucurbit crops.  Genomic studies by Dr. Lina Quesada-Ocampo and colleagues at North Carolina State University showed that different isolates preferentially infect different cucurbit crops.  From this information, a multiplex PCR-based assay was combined with spore trapping to identify which crops are most at risk.  These results can facilitate timely and crop-specific fungicide application prior to appearance of symptoms in sentinel plots.

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2021 Great Lakes EXPO | Fruit Grower’s News

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo will be an in-person event from Dec. 7-9, 2021. The EXPO will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CucCAP scientist Lina Quesada will receive a Fruit & Vegetable 40 Under 40 award, presented by Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News.

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Plant Health 2021

This year’s theme is “Seismic Shifts in Disease Risk,” which will explore major shifts in bacterial, viral, and fungal pathosystems to help plant pathologists anticipate and deflect future shifts in disease risk.

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