Technology to Grow Better Cucurbits

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Florida, Seeds, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda 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. Geoffrey Meru, an assistant professor in vegetable breeding at the University of Florida Tropical Research …

UF Research Shows Best Fungicides for Downy Mildew

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Since downy mildew can cause major destruction, a proper use of fungicides is essential to a healthy crop. Gary Vallad, an associate professor at the University of Florida (UF), described the magnitude of downy mildew disease on specialty crops at the recent Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo. “It (downy mildew) just kind of jumps from crop to …

More Ways to Manage Fusarium Wilt

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Five years ago, there was no solid foundation for managing fusarium wilt in watermelons. Now, researchers have identified several techniques watermelon growers can use to help combat the disease. Nicholas Dufault, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), says his research on the pathogen is leading to …

Study Shows Pickled Cucumbers Linked to Anti-Hypertension

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda As one of the top five fermented foods in the United States, pickled cucumbers may be linked to anti-hypertensive qualities. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) have shown the production of certain bioactive peptides that are known to be anti-hypertensive are in pickled cucumbers. Suzanne Johanningsmeier, USDA ARS research food technologist, …

Living with Fusarium Wilt

Abbey Taylor Cucurbits, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

With multiple races that are increasingly aggressive, fusarium wilt has been a challenging disease for watermelon growers and a tough nut to crack for southeastern researchers. Nicholas Dufault, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, says all races of fusarium wilt occur in Florida, but each is a little different. Fusarium wilt …

Roundup Presents Challenges for Growers

Alison DeLoach Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach A well-known herbicide for growers, glyphosphate (Roundup), can cause harm to crops if not properly applied. According to Stanly Culpepper, weed scientist with the University of Georgia, when applied too close to planting or when the application rate is too high, Roundup can severely damage a plant. When looking at the labels for Roundup PowerMAX II, there …

Panhandle Growers See Major Losses from Michael

Breanna Kendrick Cucurbits, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle hard. Farmers across this region have lost some, if not all, of their crops. Josh Freeman, associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, surveyed the area of Gadsden and Jackson counties for crop damages. …