PAG brings together over 3,000 leading genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research, and over 130 exhibits, 150 workshops, 1100 posters and over 1800 abstracts.
Ben Mansfeld’s research focuses on cucumber resistance to Phytophthora capsici (a fungus-like plant disease that affects many crops including cucurbits). In the Grumet Lab, researchers have screened over 1300 different cucumber varieties from around the world to try to identify natural sources of disease resistance. Through this process, they identified an age-related resistance; young […]
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 […]
Germplasm collections (a.k.a. gene banks) are a crucial resource to conserve natural genetic diversity and provide a source of novel traits for crop improvement such as disease and pest resistance, increased yield, and improved fruit quality. Optimal collection, preservation and utilization of these resources depends upon knowledge of the genetic variation present within the collection. […]
The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project. Members of the CucCAP team […]
On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Michigan State University pickling cucumber breeder Ben Mansfeld to chat about his work in making cucumbers more disease resistant. Read More Listen to the podcast here
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 […]