Luis Rivera-Burgos worked on breeding watermelon for gummy stem blight resistance with Dr. Todd Wehner on the first CucCAP project. Their research focused on the evaluation of resistance to Gummy Stem Blight in a population of recombinant inbred lines of watermelon x Citron.
Bacterial fruit blotch caused by Acidovorax citrulli is a serious disease of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) in the U.S. Currently, there are no varieties resistant to the disease. In a 3-year study, 1452 accessions and cultivars were tested for resistance to fruit blotch at the immature fruit stage, where resistance is most important for growers.
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.
CucCAP watermelon and cucumber breeder Todd Wehner recently earned a top international industry recognition, Pickle Packers International’s Hall of Fame Award.
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The CucCAP#1 Cucumber Team published 21 research articles between Sept. 2015 & Sept. 2020.
CucCAP scientists and other researchers authored reports in the 2019 Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (CGC) report which was published in September 2020.
CucCAP#1 Final Annual Progress Report, July 2020. Team members include Yiqun Weng (USDA, ARS), Rebecca Grumet (Michigan State University), and Todd Wehner (NC State University).