Gummy stem blight (GSB), also known as black rot, is a common issue for watermelon producers in the Southeast. Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes GSB, favors warm and humid weather, leaving the Southeast growing region susceptible to the disease’s devastating effects. If not managed well, it can cause significant yield loss for growers. Currently labeled […]
Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are studying grafted watermelon seedlings because of the advantages they can provide to growers. The grafted seedlings, an intentional fusion of plant parts, are resistant to fusarium wilt and tolerant to cold temperatures. Continue Reading
University of Florida presenters at the Florida Ag Expo in November discussed control Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Gummy Stem Blight on Cucurbits.
Florida has at least 15 root-knot nematode species, far more than most other states. At least six species are known to be in vegetables… Continue Reading the article at VSCNews
CucCAP plant breeder, Todd Wehner talks about breeding cucumber and watermelon varieties for disease resistance.
With a wide variety of options to choose from, researchers are working with technology in order to grow better cucurbits. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS), marker assisted selection and genomic selection have been used to improve specialty crops like squash, pumpkins and watermelons.
The McGregor Lab at UGA will collaborate with researchers from three research institutions to use a grant from the USDA to fight whiteflies on vegetable crops. Cecilia McGregor and her lab group will be involved with research on Plant resistant traits and Molecular tools & biotechnology.
Growers can learn about research on pest control for specialty crops at the upcoming Florida Ag Expo: View the agenda here. We’re looking at ways to try to minimize the development of fungicide resistance as well as ways to try to make programs more cost-effective.