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Research Project: Genomics and Genetic Improvement of Disease Resistance and Horticultural Characteristics of Watermelon, Broccoli, and Leafy Brassicas

Location: Vegetable Research

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

What makes a giant fruit? Assembling a genomic toolkit underlying various fruit traits of the mammoth group of Cucurbita maxima Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reddy, U.K., Natarajan, P., Lakshmi Abburi, V., Tomason, Y., Levi, A., Nimmakayala, P. 2022. What makes a giant fruit? Assembling a genomic toolkit underlying various fruit traits of the mammoth group of Cucurbita maxima. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2022.1005158.

Genome-wide association study and population structure analysis of seed-bound amino acids and total protein in watermelon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Joshi, V., Nimmakayala, P., Song, Q., Lakshmi, V.A., Natarajan, P., Levi, A., Crosby, K., Reddy, U. 2021. Genome-wide association study and population structure analysis of seed-bound amino acids and total protein in watermelon. Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.12343.

A catalog of natural products occurring in watermelon - Citrullus lanatus Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sorokina, M., Mccaffrey, K.S., Ordovas, J.M., Deaton, E.E., Ma, G., Perkins-Veazie, P.M., Steinbeck, C., Levi, A., Parnell, L.D. 2021. A catalog of natural products occurring in watermelon - Citrullus lanatus. Frontiers in Nutrition. 8:602. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2021.729822.

QTL mapping and pyramiding resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (races 1 and 2) and potyviruses in watermelon - (Abstract Only)
Branham, S.E., Wechter, W.P., Ling, K., Katuuramu, D.N., Levi, A. 2021. QTL mapping and pyramiding resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (races 1 and 2) and potyviruses in watermelon. Eucarpia Cucurbitaceae Symposium Proceedings.

Altered chromatin confirmation and transcriptional regulation in watermelon following genome doubling Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Garcia-Lozano, M., Natarajan, P., Levi, A., Katam, R., Nimmakayala, P., Reddy, U. 2021. Altered chromatin confirmation and transcriptional regulation in watermelon following genome doubling. Plant Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.15256.

Haplotype networking of GWAS hits for citrulline content indicates positive selection leading to the domestication of watermelon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Vijay, J., Suhas, S., Venkata Lakshmi, A., Lopez, C., Padma, N., Levi, A., Umesh, R. 2021. Haplotype networking of GWAS hits for citrulline content indicates positive selection leading to the domestication of watermelon. Frontiers in Plant Science. 20:5392. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20215392.

Phenotypic diversity for root traits andiIdentification of superior germplasm for root breeding in watermelon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Katuuramu, D.N., Wechter, W.P., Washington, M., Horry, M.I., Cutulle, M.A., Jarret, R.L., Levi, A. 2020. Phenotypic diversity for root traits andiIdentification of superior germplasm for root breeding in watermelon. HortScience. 55(8):12-72-1279. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI15093-20.

Three-dimensional epicuticular wax on plant surface reduces attachment and survival rate of salmonella during storage Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chiu, Y., Shen, C., Farnham, M.W., Ku, K. 2020. Three-dimensional epicuticular wax on plant surface reduces attachment and survival rate of salmonella during storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 166:111197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2020.111197.

Hi-Test: A self-compatible green sprouting broccoli cultivar that yields seed with high levels of glucoraphanin Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Farnham, M.W. 2020. Hi-Test: A self-compatible green sprouting broccoli cultivar that yields seed with high levels of glucoraphanin. HortScience. 55(5):743-745. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14569-19.

Transcriptome changes in reciprocal grafts involving watermelon and bottle gourd reveal molecular mechanisms involved in increase of the fruit size, rind toughness and soluble solids Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Garcia-Lozano, M., Dutta, S., Natarajan, P., Tomason, Y.R., Lopez, C., Katam, R., Levi, A., Nimmakayala, P., Reddy, U. 2019. Transcriptome changes in reciprocal grafts involving watermelon and bottle gourd reveal molecular mechanisms involved in increase of the fruit size, rind toughness and soluble solids. Plant Molecular Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-019-00942-7.

Haplotype networking of GWAS hits for citrulline content indicates positive selection leading to the domestication of watermelon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Vijay, J., Suhas, S., Venkata Lakshmi, A., Lopez, C., Padma, N., Levi, A., Umesh, R. 2019. Haplotype networking of GWAS hits for citrulline content indicates positive selection leading to the domestication of watermelon. International Journal of Molecular Sciences [MDPI]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20215392.

Resequencing of 414 cultivated and wild watermelon accessions identifies selection for fruit quality traits Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Guo, S., Zhao, S., Sun, H., Wang, X., Wu, S., Lin, T., Ren, Y., Deng, Y., Zhang, J., Lu, X., Zhang, H., Shang, J., Gong, G., Wen, C., He, N., Li, M., Liu, J., Wang, Y., Zhu, Y., Tian, S., Jarret, R.L., Levi, A., Huang, S., Fei, Z., Liu, W., Xu, Y. 2019. Resequencing of 414 cultivated and wild watermelon accessions identifies selection for fruit quality traits. Nature Genetics. 51:1616–1623. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-019-0518-4.

Complex horticultural quality traits in broccoli are illuminated by evaluation of the immortal BolTBDH mapping population Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Stansell, Z., Bjorkman, T., Farnham, M.W. 2019. Complex horticultural quality traits in broccoli are illuminated by evaluation of the immortal BolTBDH mapping population. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01104.

Pre transplant herbicide application and cultivation to manage weeds in southeastern broccoli production Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cutulle, M., Campbell, H., Couillard, D.M., Ward, B., Farnham, M.W. 2019. Pre transplant herbicide application and cultivation to manage weeds in southeastern broccoli production. Crop Protection. 124:104862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2019.104862.

Progress and challenges in breeding broccoli adapted to high temperature environments - (Abstract Only)

Genome of ‘Charleston Gray’, the principal American watermelon cultivar, and genetic characterization of 1,365 accessions in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wu, S., Wang, X., Reddy, U., Sun, H., Bao, K., Patel, T., Oritz, C., Abburi, L., Nimmakayala, P., Branham, S., Wechter, W.P., Massey, L.M., Ling, K., Kousik, C.S., Hammar, S.A., Tadmor, Y., Portnoy, V., Gur, A., Katzir, N., Guner, N., Davis, A., Hernandez, A.G., Wright, C.L., McGregor, C., Jarret, R.L., Xu, Y., Zhang, X., Wehner, T.C., Grumet, R., Levi, A., Fei, Z. 2019. Genome of ‘Charleston Gray’, the principal American watermelon cultivar, and genetic characterization of 1,365 accessions in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System watermelon collection. Plant Biotechnology Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/pbi.13136.

The multi-allelic APRR2 Gene is associated with fruit pigment accumulation in melon and watermelon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Oren, E., Tzuri, G., Vexler, L., Dafna, A., Meir, A., Faigenboim, A., Kenigswald, M., Portnoy, V., Schaffer, A.A., Levi, A., Buckler IV, E.S., Katzir, N., Burger, J., Tadmor, Y., Gur, A. 2019. The multi-allelic APRR2 Gene is associated with fruit pigment accumulation in melon and watermelon. Journal of Experimental Botany. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erz182.

Evaluation of a public immortal B. oleracea mapping population illuminates complex horticultural quality traits in broccoli - (Abstract Only)

Differential gene expression in fruits across the reciprocal grafts and effects of grafting on fruit quality and weight - (Abstract Only)

Genome-wide diversity for worldwide watermelon collections: Analysis of population structure, haplotype networks, selective sweeps and LD decay to characterize domestication signals - (Abstract Only)
Reddy, U., Patel, T., Wehner, T., Nimmahayala, P., Kousik, C.S., Wechter, W.P., Branham, S., Ling, K., Jarret, R.L., Levi, A., Ortiz, C., Abbiro, V., Bao, K., Wang, X., Rivera-Burgos, L., Fei, Z. 2018. Genome-wide diversity for worldwide watermelon collections: Analysis of population structure, haplotype networks, selective sweeps and LD decay to characterize domestication signals. Cucurbitaceae Proceedings. http://cucurbit2018.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_Cucurbits_Abstracts_Book.pdf (Abstracts Book, Page #87).

Pan-genomes of the citrullus species - (Abstract Only)

A large genotype-environment interaction for challenging adaptation traits promises greater genetic gain in breeding broccoli adapted to eastern growing conditions - (Abstract Only)
Bjorkmkan, T., Davis, J.M., Hutton, M.G., Farnham, M.W., Griffiths, P., Bloomquist, M. 2018. A large genotype-environment interaction for challenging adaptation traits promises greater genetic gain in breeding broccoli adapted to eastern growing conditions. HortScience 53(g):377-378.

Genomic resequencing of bulked heat tolerant and susceptible broccoli segregants identifies new QTLs associated with tolerance - (Abstract Only)
Branham, S., Farnham, M.W. 2018. Genomic resequencing of bulked heat tolerant and susceptible broccoli segregants identifies new QTLs associated with tolerance. HortScience. 53(g):S46.

Evaluation of weed management in east coast broccoli production - (Abstract Only)
Cutulle, M., Farnham, M.W., Campbell, H., Couillard, D.M. 2018. Evaluation of weed management in East Coast broccoli production. HortScience 53(g):S87.

Effect of plastic color on yield and quality of eight broccoli hybrids - (Abstract Only)
Ward, B.K., Horry, M.I., Simmons, C., Couillard, D.M., Farnham, M.W. 2018. Effect of plastic color on yield and quality of eight broccoli hybrids. HortScience 53(g):S71.