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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: GENETICS AND GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF DISEASE RESISTANCE AND QUALITY TRAITS IN WATERMELON, BROCCOLI, AND LEAFY GREEN BRASSICAS

Location: Vegetable Research

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

‘Caro-Tex 312’, a high yielding, orange-fruited, Habanero-type, F1 hybrid pepper     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cosby, K.M., Fery, R.L., Leskovar, D.I., Butcher, J. 2013. ‘Caro-Tex 312’, a high yielding, orange-fruited, Habanero-type, F1 hybrid pepper. HortScience. 48(8):1059-1061.
Doubled haploid inbred lines USVL048 and USVL131 of heading broccoli - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W. 2013. Doubled haploid inbred lines USVL048 and USVL131 of heading broccoli. HortScience. 48:907-908.
Regional hybrid broccoli trials provide a means to further breeding efforts of this increasingly important vegetable crop - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W., Griffiths, P., Davis, J., Hutton, M., Morris, W., Sams, C., Kopsell, D., Bjorkman, T. 2013. Regional hybrid broccoli trials provide a means to further breeding efforts of this increasingly important vegetable crop. HortScience. 49 Supplement: S129.
Map-based molecular diversity, linkage disequilibrium and association mapping of fruit traits in melon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tomason, Y., Nimmakayala, P., Levi, A., Reddy, U.K. 2014. Map-based molecular diversity, linkage disequilibrium and association mapping of fruit traits in melon. Molecular Breeding. 31:829-841.
Cytomolecular characterization of rRNA gene sequences among Citrullus species and subspecies using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) technology - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reddy, U.K., Aryal, N., Islam-Faridi, N., Tomason, Y., Levi, A., Nimmakayala, P. 2013. Cytomolecular characterization of rRNA gene sequences among Citrullus species and subspecies using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) technology. Genetica. 60:427-440.
The Genome of Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Guo, S., Zhang, J., Salse, J., Ren, Y., Wang, Z., Sun, H., Min, J., Zhang, H., Lucas, W., Murat, F., Zhao, H., Levi, A., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Li, Y., Fei, Z., Xu, Y., Giovanoni, J.L. 2012. The Genome of Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus). Nature Genetics. 45:51-58.
What makes those collard, turnip and mustard greens so good for you? - (Proceedings)
Farnham, M.W. 2012. What makes those collard, turnip and mustard greens so good for you? North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association 2012 Yearbook. p. 53.
Dynamic regulation of novel and conserved miRNAs across various tissues of diverse Cucurbit spp. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Manohar, S., Jagadeeswaran, J., Nimmakayala, P., Almeida, A., Tomasson, Y., Sunkar, R., Levi, A., Reddy, U. 2013. Dynamic regulation of novel and conserved miRNAs across various tissues of diverse Cucurbit spp. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 2:335-343.
A transdisciplinary approach to developing an eastern broccoli industry - (Abstract Only)
Bjorkman, T., Davis, J.M., Farnham, M.W., Gomez, G., Griffiths, P.D., Hutton, M., Kopsell, D.A., Myers, J.R., Sams, C.E., Smith, J. 2012. A transdisciplinary approach to developing an eastern broccoli industry. HortScience. 47(9):S408-S409.
Glucosinolate variation among six cultigens of broccoli grown in five diverse east coast locations - (Abstract Only)
Sams, C.E., Kopsell, D.A., Farnham, M.W., Griffiths, P.D., Hutton, M., Davis, J.M., Morris, W. 2012. Glucosinolate variation among six cultigens of broccoli grown in five diverse east coast locations. HortScience. 47(9):S358.
Broccoli pigment profile of six cultigens grown in five east coast locations - (Abstract Only)
Kopsell, D.A., Sams, C.E., Farnham, M.W., Griffiths, P.D., Hutton, M., Davis, J.M., Morris, W. 2012. Broccoli pigment profile of six cultigens grown in five east coast locations. HortScience. 47(9):358-359.
Performance of current broccoli varieties under eastern U.S. conditions - (Abstract Only)
Griffiths, P.D., Farnham, M.W., Hutton, M., Davis, J.M., Morris, W., Bjorkman, T. 2012. Performance of current broccoli varieties under eastern U.S. conditions. HortScience. 47(9):S274.
Collard, mustard and turnip greens: Effects of varieties and leaf position on concentrations of ascorbic acid, folate, B-carotene, lutein and phylloquinone - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W., Lester, G.E., Hassell, R. 2012. Collard, mustard and turnip greens: Effects of varieties and leaf position on concentrations of ascorbic acid, folate, B-carotene, lutein and phylloquinone. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 27:1-7.
Impact of thermal processing on sulforaphane yield from broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wang, G., Farnham, M.W., Jeffery, E. 2012. Impact of thermal processing on sulforaphane yield from broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60:6743-6748.
Exploiting genetic diversity in Citrullus spp. to enhance watermelon cultivars - (Proceedings)
Levi, A., Thies, J.A., Wechter, W.P., Kousik, C.S., Ling, K., Harrison Jr, H.F., Simmons, A.M., Reddy, U.K., Nimmakayala, P., Fei, Z. 2012. Exploiting genetic diversity in Citrullus spp. to enhance watermelon cultivars. Acta Horticulturae. Pp. 41-48.
High frequency oligonucleotides – targeting active gene (HFO-TAG) markers reveal wide genetic diversity among Citrullus spp. accessions useful for enhancing disease or pest resistance in watermelon cultivars - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Thies, J.A., Wechter, W.P., Harrison Jr, H.F., Simmons, A.M., Reddy, U., Nimmakayala, P., Fei, Z. 2012. High frequency oligonucleotides – targeting active gene (HFO-TAG) markers reveal wide genetic diversity among Citrullus spp. accessions useful for enhancing disease or pest resistance in watermelon cultivars. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 60:427-440.
Identification of SNP Haplotypes and Prospects of Association Mapping in Watermelon - (Abstract Only)
(25-Dec-11)
Genetic Diversity among Watermelon Citrullus spp. Accessions Based on HFO-TAG Markers - (Abstract Only)
(24-Dec-11)
How do High Temperatures Limit Broccoli Production: Is It Possible for this Cole Crop to Take the Heat? - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W. 2011. How do High Temperatures Limit Broccoli Production: Is It Possible for this Cole Crop to Take the Heat?. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. p. 51.
A high resolution genetic map anchoring scaffolds of the sequenced watermelon genome - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ren, Y., Zhao, H., Kou, Q., Guo, S., Zhang, H., Hou, W., Zou, X., Sun, H., Gong, G., Levi, A., Xu, Y. 2012. A high resolution genetic map anchoring scaffolds of the sequenced watermelon genome. PLoS One. 2012. 7:e29453.
Breeding broccoli adapted to high temperature environments - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W., Bjorkman, T. 2012. Breeding broccoli adapted to high temperature environments. Plant Physiology. P09015.
Mineral concentration of broccoli florets in relation to year of cultivar release - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W., Keinath, A.P., Grusak, M.A. 2011. Mineral concentration of broccoli florets in relation to year of cultivar release. Crop Science. 51:2721-2727.
Breeding vegetables adapted to high temperatures: A case study with broccoli     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W., Bjorkman, T. 2011. Breeding vegetables adapted to high temperatures: A case study with broccoli. HortScience. 46:1093-1097.
Evaluation of Experimental Broccoli Hybrids Developed for Summer Production in the Eastern United States     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W., Bjorkman, T. 2011. Evaluation of Experimental Broccoli Hybrids Developed for Summer Production in the Eastern United States. HortScience. 46:858-863.
Genetic Linkage Map of Citrullus lanatus var. Citroides Chromosomal Segments Introgressed into the Watermelon Cultivar Crimson Sweet (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus) Genome - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Massey, L.M., Carter, L., Hopkins, D. 2011. Genetic Linkage Map of Citrullus lanatus var. Citroides Chromosomal Segments Introgressed into the Watermelon Cultivar Crimson Sweet (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus) Genome. American Journal of Plant Sciences. 2:93-110.
Field evaluation of brassica lines for resistance to bacterial blight in Charleston, South Carolina, 2010 - (Research Notes)
Keinath, A.P., Farnham, M.W., Wechter, W.P. 2011. Field evaluation of brassica lines for resistance to bacterial blight in Charleston, South Carolina, 2010. Plant Disease Management Reports. 5:V082.
Sequencing the Genome of the Heirloom Watermelon Cultivar Charleston Gray - (Abstract Only)
Levi, A., Hernandez, A., Thimmapuram, J., Donthu, R., Wright, C., Ali, C., Wechter, W.P., Reddy, U., Mikel, M. 2011. Sequencing the Genome of the Heirloom Watermelon Cultivar Charleston Gray. Plant and Animal Genome Conference. P047.
Usvl-220, a Novel Watermelon Breeding Line - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Thies, J.A., Simmons, A.M., Harrison Jr, H.F., Hassell, R., Keinath, A. USVL-220, A Novel Watermelon Breeding Line. HortScience. 46(1):135–138. 2011.
Genetic mapping of Chromosomal Segments introgressed in Cultivated Watermelon Genome - (Proceedings)
Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Ling, K., Thies, J.A., Hopkins, D. 2010. Genetic mapping of Chromosomal Segments introgressed in Cultivated Watermelon Genome. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. p. 50-54.
Employing Phylogenetic and Population Structure Analyses to Identify Potential Rootstock Resources for Grafted Watermelon - (Proceedings)
Levi, A., Thies, J.A., Wechter, W.P., Kousik, C.S., Hassell, R., Reddy, U. 2010. Employing Phylogenetic and Population Structure Analyses to Identify Potential Rootstock Resources for Grafted Watermelon. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. p. 55-58.
Watermelon in: Genetics, genomics and breeding of cucurbits - (Book / Chapter)
Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Thies, J.A., Ling, K., Reddy, U.K., Xu, Y., Guo, S., Zhang, X. 2012. Watermelon In Wang, Y, H., Dehdra, T. K., and Kole, C. (eds) Genetics, genomics and breeding of cucurbits. 1st edition. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group, New York, NY. Pp. 309-334.
A Glance at Microsatellite Motifs from 454 Sequencing Reads of Watermelon Genomic DNA - (Proceedings)
Nimmakayala, P., Levi, A., Ponniah, S., Tomason, Y., Nepal, N., Wechter, W.P., Reddy, U. 2010. A Glance at Microsatellite Motifs from 454 Sequencing Reads of Watermelon Genomic DNA. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. p. 91-94. Thies, J.A., Kousik, C., and Levi, A. (Eds).
The Genetics of Brassica oleracea - (Book / Chapter)
Quiros, C.F., Farnham, M.W. 2011. The Genetics of Brassica oleracea. In: Schmidt, R., Bancroft, I., editors. Genetics and Genomics of the Brassicaceae. New York, NY:Springer. p. 261-290.
High-frequency Oligonucleotides in Watermelon Expressed Sequenced Tag-unigenes Are Useful in Producing Polymorphic Polymerase Chain Reaction Markers among Watermelon Genotypes - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Harris-Shultz, K.R., Davis, A.R., Fie, Z. 2010. High-frequency Oligonucleotides in Watermelon Expressed Sequenced Tag-unigenes Are Useful in Producing Polymorphic Polymerase Chain Reaction Markers among Watermelon Genotypes. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 135(4):369-378.
Breeding Vegetables Adapted to High Temperatures: A Case Study with Broccoli     Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W. 2010. Breeding Vegetables Adapted to High Temperatures: A Case Study with Broccoli. HortScience. 45:S18 (Abstr.)
Mineral Concentration of Broccoli Heads in relation to Year of Cultivar Release     Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W., Grusak, M.A. 2010. Mineral Concentration of Broccoli Heads in relation to Year of Cultivar Release. HortScience. 45:S282-S283 (Abstr.)
DNA markers and pollen morphology reveal that Praecitrullus fistulosus is more closely related to Benincasa hispida than to Citrullus spp. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Harris-Shultz, K.R., Wechter, W.P., Kousik, C.S., Thies, J.A. 2010. DNA markers and pollen morphology reveal that Praecitrullus fistulosus is more closely related to Benincasa hispida than to Citrullus spp. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 57:1191-1205.
Phylogenetic Relationships Among Cucurbit Species Used as Rootstocks for Grafting Watermelon - (Abstract Only)
Levi, A., Thies, J.A., Ling, K., Simmons, A.M., Kousik, C.S., Wechter, W.P., Hassell, R. 2010. Phylogenetic Relationships Among Cucurbit Species Used as Rootstocks for Grafting Watermelon. HortScience. 45:509.
Glossy and Nonglossy Near-isogenic Lines USVL115-GL, USVL115-NG, USVL188-GL and USVL188-NG of Broccoli Derived from Doubled Haploids     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W. 2010. Glossy and Nonglossy Near-isogenic Lines USVL115-GL, USVL115-NG, USVL188-GL and USVL188-NG of Broccoli Derived from Doubled Haploids. HortScience. 45:660-662.
Notice of Release of USVL-230, A Novel Watermelon Breeding Line - (Germplasm Release)
Levi, A. 2009. Notice of Release of USVL-230, A Novel Watermelon Breeding Line. USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Cultivar Release. 10 November 2009.
Oligonucleotides that Exist in High Frequency in EST-unigenes are Useful in Producing Polymorphism among Watermelon Genotypes - (Abstract Only)
Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Harris, K.R., Davis, A.R., Fei, Z. 2010. Oligonucleotides that Exist in High Frequency in EST-unigenes are Useful in Producing Polymorphism among Watermelon Genotypes. Plant and Animal Genome Conference. January 9-13, 2010, P-204.
Isolation, Sequence Analysis, and Linkage Mapping of NBS-LRR Disease Resistance Gene Analogs in Watermelon     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Harris, K.R., Wechter, W.P., Levi, A. 2009. Isolation, Sequence Analysis, and Linkage Mapping of NBS-LRR Disease Resistance Gene Analogs in Watermelon. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 134:649-657.
Notice of Release of Glossy and Nonglossy Near Isogenic Green Sprouting Broccoli Inbred Lines USVL115-GL AND USVL115-NG, and also USVL188-GL and USVL188-NG - (Germplasm Release)
(18-Sep-09)
Development of Public Immortal Mapping Populations, Molecular Markers and Linkage Maps for Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa and B. oleracea     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Iniguez-Luy, F.L., Lukens, L., Farnham, M.W., Amasino, R.M., Osborn, T.C. 2009. Development of Public Immortal Mapping Populations, Molecular Markers and Linkage Maps for Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa and B. oleracea. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 120:31-43.
Identification and Utility of Markers Linked to the Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Resistance Gene in Watermelon     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Harris, K.R., Ling, K., Levi, A., Wechter, W.P. 2009. Identification and Utility of Markers Linked to the Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Resistance Gene in Watermelon. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 134:529-534.
Molecular Phylogeny of Citrullus Species as Inferred from AFLPs and SSRs     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nimmakayala, P., Jeong, J., Tomason, Y., Levi, A., Perumal, R., Reddy, U.K. 2010. Molecular Phylogeny of Citrullus Species as Inferred from AFLPs and SSRs. Plant Genetic Resources. 8:16-25.
Importance of Genotype on Carotenoid and Chlorophyll Levels in Broccoli Heads     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W., Kopsell, D.A. 2009. Importance of Genotype on Carotenoid and Chlorophyll Levels in Broccoli Heads. HortScience. 44:1248-1253.
Genotype and Environment Effects on Carotenoid Content of Broccoli - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W., Kopsell, D.A. 2009. Genotype and Environment Effects on Carotenoid Content of Broccoli. HortScience. 44:1017-1018.
Markers Linked to the ZYMV-FL Resistance Gene and Their Use in Marker-assisted Selection in Watermelon - (Abstract Only)
Harris-Shultz, K.R., Ling, K., Meyer, J.D., Levi, A., Wechter, W.P., Havey, M.J., Guner, N., Wehner, T. 2009. Markers Linked to the ZYMV-FL Resistance Gene and Their Use in Marker-assisted Selection in Watermelon. HortScience. 44:576.
Genetic diversity among Lagenaria siceraria accessions containing resistance to root-knot nematodes, whiteflies, ZYMV or powdery mildew     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Levi, A., Thies, J., Ling, K., Simmons, A.M., Kousik, C., Hassell, R. 2009. Genetic diversity among Lagenaria siceraria accessions containing resistance to root-knot nematodes, whiteflies, ZYMV or powdery mildew. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 7(3):216-226. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=6642268&jid=PGR&volumeId=7&issueId=03&aid=6642260
Molecular Diversity in Ukrainian Melon Collection as Revealed by AFLP and Microsatellite Markers     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nimmakayala, P., Tomason, Y.R., Jeong, J., Vajja, G., Levi, A., Gibson, P., Reddy, U.K. 2009. Molecular Diversity in Ukrainian Melon Collection as Revealed by AFLP and Microsatellite Markers. Plant Genetic Resources, online publication http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=PGR. doi:10.1017/S1479262108098481
Exploring the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas in Search of Heirloom Collard - (Abstract Only)
Farnham, M.W. 2008. Exploring the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas in Search of Heirloom Collard. Vegetable Association Yearbook (North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association). p42.
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