Rakesh Kumar Loves Cantaloupe, but Gives Cucumber and Watermelon a Fair Shake, Too

Rakesh Kumar, melon R&D team lead at Syngenta, talks about why he's got such a passion for fruit and how it fits into Syngenta's portfolio. Interview conducted at Cucurbitaceae 2018...

Allen Van Deynze Loves the Fact He’s Not Deprived of Cucurbits Anymore

Allen Van Deynze is a researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California — Davis. Originally from Canada, he...

Delivering the Whole Package

For every $1 million invested in varieties developed by the Crop Development Centre, producers make over $7 million. Here’s how the CDC has accomplished this. The key to success in...

Free the Seed

Is there any source of germplasm without restrictions? Intellectual Property (IP) surrounds almost everything in research and is increasingly important when it comes to protecting new varieties that companies produce;...

Jim McCreight and Zhangjun Fei: The CucCAP Project and Making Better Melons

Jim McCreight, USDA research leader in crop improvement and protection research in Salinas, Calif., and Boyce Thompson Institute associate professor Zhangjun Fei, talk about the important work being done by...

Paradee Thammapichai Hopes You’ll One Day See Orange Cucumbers on the Shelf

Paradee Thammapichai is a graduate student in the plant genetics program at the University of Wisconsin — Madison working on genomics-aided development and characterization of Cucumis hystrix introgression lines in cucumber....

CRISPR-CAS9 Used To Modify Seed Morphology Traits In Wheat

Genome editing using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to speed up the improvement of wheat varieties by elucidating the molecular basis of agronomic traits and enabling the modification...
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Pre-Breeding 101

It’s been around for a long time, but why has pre-breeding become a new buzzword? The world’s climate is changing, and that means the advances made by the Green...
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New CRISPR-based Technology Developed to Control Pests With Precision-Guided Genetics

Combining historical lessons with modern genetic technologies, scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including...

Bayer Expands Digital Innovation Pipeline at The Climate Corporation

The Climate Corporation (Climate), a subsidiary of Bayer and the industry leader in bringing digital innovation to farmers, today announced strong harvest results for farmers using Seed Advisor, its...

Should Researchers Engineer A Spicy Tomato?

The chili pepper, from an evolutionary perspective, is the tomato's long-lost spitfire cousin. They split off from a common ancestor 19 million years ago but still share some of...

What’s so Complicated about Cantaloupe? Plenty

We’ve all been there.  You buy a supermarket cantaloupe, cut it up, take a bite, and start chewing. You’d hoped for a juicy, succulent, flavorful fruit, but instead the experience...

A Slice of Bread and Butter for the Gluten Intolerant?

Researchers are using gene editing with the hopes of modifying the protein of wheat to help those with celiac disease.  The rise of people dealing with celiac disease leads to...

Bill Copes Spends a Lot of Time Tasting Things

Bill Copes, melon breeder for HM.Clause Vegetable Seeds, sits down with Marc Zienkiewicz at Cucurbitaceae 2018 in Davis, Calif. last week to talk about what the company is doing to launch...

Research Uproots Weeds

As U.S. sorghum growers voice concerns about the lack of weed control options, the Sorghum Checkoff has funded three projects to help provide answers. Unlike corn and soybeans, sorghum has...

Jason Argyris Owes his Career to a Neighbor with a Really Big Garden

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Jason Argyris, researcher at the CRAG Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Spain, to chat about improving...

Ben Mansfeld’s Friends Think it’s Funny he Works in Pickling Cucumbers

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Michigan State University pickling cucumber breeder Ben Mansfeld to chat about his work in making cucumbers more...

Michael Mazourek’s New Seed Company is Helping Bring the Flavor Back to Cucurbits

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Cornell University vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to chat about his work on the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project...

Angela Linares Helps Bring Food Security to Puerto Rico Through Cucurbits

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with the associate director of the Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences at University of Puerto Rico to talk about food...
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Study Examines No-Till Incentives

What would it take to get farmers to adopt no-till, and how might an incentive program be structured? The numbers might surprise you. Farmers who have switched to no-till management...