CucCAP scientist Samikshya Rijal is working on watermelon breeding and genetics. Her primary goal is to assist in the development of gummy stem blight (GSB) resistant breeding material.
In the September 2020 edition of the Vegetable and Specialty Crop News Magazine, CucCAP vegetable breeder Cecilia McGregor and Extentension Specialist George Boyhan discuss pumpkin, watermelon, and summer squash breeding work at UGA.
“Public plant breeders are usually focused more on prebreeding, and private breeders work more on cultivar development,” says Todd Wehner, Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. “Public roles are research and training. Private goals are cultivar release and sales support.
The McGregor lab participated in the The Twilight Summer Field Day highlighting fruit and vegetable research at the Durham Horticulture Farm. From Left to right: Sammy Manthi, Lincoln Adams, Jorge Reyes and Jesse Kuzy Continue Reading
He said watermelon germplasm and advanced lines will be screened for anthracnose resistance in the greenhouse at Uvalde to identify their respective levels of resistance. In addition, mapping populations of watermelon germplasm from the University of Georgia will be evaluated for anthracnose resistance. “Diagnostic molecular markers for each anthracnose resistant gene will be identified and […]
Aspects of organic watermelon production, such as breeding and spacing, are being studied