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2009 Report
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Atlanta, GA
February 1, 2009

Stephen R. King, Chair
Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: 979-845-2937
Cell: 979-229-8746

Elisabetta Vivoda, Vice-Chair
Harris Moran Seed Co.
Davis, CA

Todd C. Wehner, Secretary
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Email: Todd_Wehner@NCSU.Edu
Phone: 919-515-5363
Fax: 919-515-2505

The Annual Meeting of the Watermelon Research & Development Working Group was held Sunday, February 1, 2009 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting was held in conjunction with The Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists and the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Sciences (SR-ASHS). Please register for the SR-ASHS meeting even if you only attend the WRDWG meeting. The meeting room and accommodations are provided by SR-ASHS at no charge to our group. Registration information and hotel accommodations are provided in the SR-ASHS Pre-Conference Newsletter available at the SR-ASHS website ( This year we have the option to pre-register through the ASHS secure website. To pre-register, go to the ASHS web site ( and enter the ASHS Online Store ( In the Categories menu select the link: Southern Region ASHS Online Shopping Cart. You can pay for your meeting registration, annual dues, and ACB Club dues. You will receive a receipt via email.

It was mentioned at last year's meeting that we may want to re-organize the meeting to better accommodate discussions. If you have an idea about how to better organize the meeting, please contact the Chair of Vice-chair as soon as possible so we can begin to look at any changes to our format. If there are no comments, the structure of the meetings will likely stay similar to in the past.

One last note: We are in need of a sponsor for refreshments this year. If you would be willing to sponsor refreshments, please contact either the Chair of Vice-chair.

Hotel Accomodations:
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hotel Phone: 404-659-1400
Group Reservations: 800-937-8461

Group Room Rates:
Single and Double Rooms - $144/night
Triple and Quad Rooms - $164/night

Call toll free number above and ask for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group rate. Group rates available for January 27 through February 6, 2009.

Other Information:
Check in is 3:00 pm - Check out is Noon.
No resort or service fee will be charged. However, there will be a $75.00 charge if you check out earlier than your reserved checkout date, unless you advise the hotel at or before check-in.
Cancellations must be made three (3) days prior to check-in date or a one-day fee will be charged.
Complimentary: High speed Internet access in sleeping rooms; local and 1-800 calls; access to health club and pool; and discount valet parking.

Additional information available on the SR-ASHS Website:



Please let our sponsor know that we appreciate them for providing the refreshments for the Annual Meeting. Thanks!

Past Sponsors