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Research Project: Epidemiology, Vector-Host Plant Interactions, and Biology of Vegetable and Cucurbit Viruses

Location: Crop Improvement and Protection Research

Title: Identifying threats from virus diseases in watermelon and other cucurbits

item Wintermantel, William - Bill

Submitted to: Mississippi State University Extension Service
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/23/2020
Publication Date: 6/24/2020
Citation: Wintermantel, W.M. 2020. Identifying threats from virus diseases in watermelon and other cucurbits. Mississippi State University Extension Service. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Whitefly-transmitted virus diseases of cucurbit crops are increasing throughout the southern United States and are expected to spread across the Gulf Coast region. This webinar discussed differences in symptoms caused by insect-transmitted viruses on watermelon and other cucurbit crops, with emphasis on viruses transmitted by whiteflies; methods used for virus identification; the importance of early virus identification, insect control, and management of weed and alternate crop host plants; and the potential for use of resistant varieties. Panelists also discussed upcoming research activities planned in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to determine the occurrence of target viruses in these states. This program focused on commercial watermelon and cucurbit production. Commercial watermelon and cucurbit producers as well as agents and other stakeholders involved in commercial watermelon and cucurbit production in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi were encouraged to attend. The approximate 1-hour webinar was followed by a question and answer session. This event was supported by funding from the National Watermelon Association and was held in collaboration with Auburn University Extension, Louisiana State University Extension, and Mississippi State University Extension.