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Research Project: SAM: Sustainable Anthracnose Management for Watermelon and Cucumber Growers in the Eastern United States

Location: Vegetable Research

Project Number: 6080-22000-031-035-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2023
End Date: Jul 31, 2027

To identify sources of resistance to anthracnose in watermelon and cucumber plant introductions belonging to the core collection.

In this proposed project we will combine research efforts with ARS and University Scientists at University of Georgia and University of Florida to phenotype the core collections of watermelon and cucumber plant introductions (PI) for resistance to anthracnose tat three locations against the prevailing strains o identify potential differential PI. Genome wide analysis will be conducted to identify potential markers conditioning resistance to anthracnose. The differential PI will then be evaluated for resistance in multiple locations (New York, Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida) to determine variants in the pathogen population with respect to resistance in the host (watermelon or cucumber).