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Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 8:ii-iv (Introduction) 1985


Resolution and Notes

Resolution and notes of organization meeting, October 28, 1976, Denver Hilton, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

The following resolution was adopted by research workers interested in organizing a Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative: the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative is organized to develop and advance the genetics of economically important cucurbits.

Membership to this Cooperative is voluntary and open to workers who have an interest in Cucurbit Genetics (an invitation to participate is extended to all Horticulturists, Entomologists, Plant Pathologists, Geneticists, and others with an interest in Cucurbits).

Reports of the Cooperative will be issued on an annual basis. The reports will include articles submitted by members for the use of the members of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative. None of the information in the annual report may be used in publications without the consent of the respective authors for a period of five years. After five years the information may be used in publications without the consent of the authors.


Further, dues for the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative (CGC) will be $2.50 per year and will be used to defray cost of preparation and mailing of the annual report. Members from outside the U.S.A. are encouraged to pay dues in at least two-year increments because of bank charges incurred for clearing checks. Only postal money orders or checks drawn on U.S. banks are acceptable. The annual report will include four sections: Research Notes, Stocks and Germ Plasm desired or for Exchange, Membership Directory, and Financial Statement. Other sections will be added in future reports as desired, i.e. gene lists, linkage groups, etc.

In accordance with the above resolution, we requested that an invitation to join the CGC be published in the following:

  • Agronomy News
  • Euphytica
  • HortScience
  • Journal of Economic Entomology
  • Journal of Heredity
  • Phytopath News

We are most pleased to acknowledge the assistance of the editors of these publications.

Dues structure and biennial membership, effective 1985:


Dues (biennial membership)

Back issue fee


$ 6.00

$ 3.50







Report of Eighth Annual Meeting

The eighth annual meeting of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative was held in conjunction with the American Society for Horticultural Science on August 6, 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There were 31 members in attendance. The meeting was called to order by R. L. Lower, Chairman. He reported on the publication of CGC No. 7 and the financial status of CGC. The cost of publishing and mailing GGC No. 7 was $542.64 which left a balance of $1859.65. As with the first six reports, 200 copies of CGC No. 7 were printed. The membership at that time was 179, of which 143 were current and 36 were in arrears.

The Chairman expressed concern over the paucity of watermelon reports in CGC No. 7, although their number in the previous six reports ranged from 1 to 5. He also noted that the length of reports was increasing, and that many of the reports required extensive revision of content and format. Authors were reminded to use the previous report as a style guide.

Based upon the Chairman's recommendation, the Vine Crops Crop Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in December 1983. This committee functions as part of the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). The committee is responsible for drafting descriptor lists for the cucurbits, setting priorities for germplasm collection and evaluation, and reviewing proposals for cucurbit germplasm exploration and collection, and evaluation. J. D. McCreight is the Chairman of this committee which is composed of scientists from the USDA, universities and the seed industry.

R. L. Lower announced his resignation and turned the meeting over to J. D. McCreight who had accepted the appointment to the position of Chairman as of July 1. He expressed appreciation to R. L. Lower for his efforts in establishing CGC and publishing seven high quality reports.

There were several announcements of upcoming meetings. There was some discussion about updating the gene lists in the next CGC Report or as a feature in HortScience. It was proposed that CGC maintain an inventory of genetic stocks and that scientists deposit a sample of stocks in the National Seed Storage Laboratory. This responsibility could be assumed by the CGC Coordinating Committee or by the Vine Crops CAC.

Ninth Annual Meeting

The Ninth Annual Meeting of CGC will be held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia in conjunction with the American Society for Horticultural Science in July-August 1985.

Comments from the Coordinating Committee

The call for papers for the 1986 report will go out in October, 1985 and they should be submitted to the respective Coordinating Committee member by December 31, 1986. The report will be published by July, 1986.

The Coordinating Committee gratefully acknowledges R. L. Lower for his devoted efforts in bringing Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative to a reality, for establishing a tradition of high quality reports and for establishing the Vine Crops Crops Advisory Committee.

We are eager to hear from the membership regarding the future direction of CGC.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance of five people who did much for CGC this past year: Dayna Lamar for typing correspondence and portions of this report, and assisting in the day-to-day business of CGC. Janet Foreman and Jay Schwed for assistance in updating the membership list and records. And, R. L. Lower and Madelyn Alt in the printing and binding of CGC No. 8 at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Coordinating Committee
  • G. W. Elmstrom (muskmelon)
  • W. R. Henderson (watermelon)
  • J. A. Juvik (Cucurbita spp.)
  • R. W. Robinson (other genera)
  • T. C. Wehner (cucumber)
  • J. D. McCreight, Chairman

Other Meetings

  • The Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee (PCIC); Dallas, Texas on October 30 - November 1, 1985; contact Greg Tolla.
  • The National Muskmelon Research Group (NMRG); Charleston, South Carolina, November 11, 1985; contact C. E. Thomas.
  • Vine Crops Crop Advisory Committee (VCCAC); Charleston, South Carolina, November 12, 1985; contact J. D. McCreight or C. E. Thomas.
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