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Amanda Skidmore, Neil Wilson, Mark Williams, and Ric Bessin

Muskmelon ( Cucumis melo ), squash ( Cucurbita sp.), cucumber ( Cucumis sativa ), pumpkin ( Cucurbita pepo ), and other cucurbit crops are valued at more than $1.6 billion per year in the United States ( U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2017

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Asma Mohammed Saeed Al-Kubati, Baoshan Kang, Liming Liu, Aqleem Abbas, and Qinsheng Gu

Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV), a member of the genus Potyvirus in the family Potyviridae , infects cucurbits worldwide. Plants infected with ZYMV develop blistering and malformed leaves. The disease can reduce fruit yield and quality

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Yuan Li, Arend-Jan Both, Christian A. Wyenandt, Edward F. Durner, and Joseph R. Heckman

powdery mildew in cucurbit crops in the United States ( Zitter et al., 1996 ). These pathogens can move long distances within the growing season, from southern to northern U.S. production areas ( Zitter et al., 1996 ). Cucurbit powdery mildew infects

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Haiying Zhang, Shaogui Guo, Guoyi Gong, Yi Ren, Angela R. Davis, and Yong Xu

mildew in cucurbits. These organisms differ in virulence against cucurbit species and in their sensitivity to fungicides ( Lebeda et al., 2008 ). Presently, there are at least seven pathogenically distinct races of P. xanthii and these are

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Longzhou Liu, Youyuan Chen, Zhenghong Su, Hui Zhang, and Weiming Zhu

Cucurbit powdery mildew (CPM) is a common and serious disease of melon worldwide. CPM infection acts as a sink for photosynthates from the leaves, which leads to premature loss of foliage and, subsequently, to loss of fruit quality and yield

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Gabriele Gusmini and Todd C. Wehner

The cucurbit crops ( Cucurbitaceae ) that are grown most commonly in the United States are cucumber, melon, and watermelon. In 2005, U.S. production was 570,720 tons of processing cucumbers, 10,232 thousand cwt of fresh-market cucumbers, 22

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Shawna L. Daley, William Patrick Wechter, and Richard L. Hassell

unfold to limit regrowth ( Hassell et al., 2008 ; Lee and Oda, 2003 ). Rootstock cotyledons provide energy to maintain the plant and heal the graft. Cucurbit seedlings are dependent upon seed reserves only during preemergent growth ( Bisognin et al

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Jason Prothro, Hussein Abdel-Haleem, Eleni Bachlava, Victoria White, Steven Knapp, and Cecilia McGregor

and control of sex expression in melon and cucumber, two other important cucurbits, has been studied in great detail. Briefly, in both melon and cucumber, sex determination is largely controlled by two genes; the A ( andromonoecious ) and G

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Wenjing Guan, Xin Zhao, and Donald J. Huber

consumer demand for high-quality produce ( Rouphael et al., 2010 ). In addition to TSS and flesh firmness, the most commonly evaluated fruit quality attributes for cucurbits, investigations of fruit quality of grafted plants have been expanded to fruit

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Jules Janick

Aztec and Mayan diets. It remains the basis of Mexican cuisine to this day. Fig. 2. Peruvian ceramic of peanut. Source: Leonard (1973 ). Cucurbits The New World cucurbits, Cucurbita moschata , C. pepo , C. maxima (squashes and pumpkins), and