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Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 9:ii-iv (Introduction) 1986


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.

Report of Ninth Annual Meeting

The ninth annual meeting of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative was held in conjunction with the American Society for Horticultural Science on 31 July 1985 at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg. There were 24 members in attendance. The meeting was called to order by J.D. McCreight, Chairman.

CGC No. 8 was published at the University of Wisconsin. Estimated cost for 250 copies was $750.00 ($3.00 per copy) plus postage. Estimates to commercially print and bind ranged from $6.00 to $7.00. Report No. 7 would be reprinted in the coming months; there were only two copies remaining.

The Coordinating Committee raised membership dues for U.S., Canada and Mexico from $3.50 to $6.00 per biennium, and for Libraries and other Foreign countries from $6.00 to $10.00 per biennium. The membership continued to grow and had reached 206.

Gary Elmstrom was appointed to replace J.D. McCreight on the Coordinating Committee for Muskmelon. Michel Pitrat was selected to replace J.D. McCreight on the Gene List Committee for Muskmelon.

Gene Curators were appointed. The Curators (and their responsibilities) are Todd Wehner (Cucumber), Ed Cox (Muskmelon), Billy Rhodes (Watermelon), and Dick Robinson (Cucurbita sp.). One additional Curator is needed for Other Genera. Gene Curators are responssible for obtaining, maintaining and distributing stocks of the reported cucurbit genes. (Editors's Note: Members are encouraged to send samples of gene stocks along with information about their origin to the respective curators.)

The status of the Cucumis collection at the Institute for Horticultural Plant Breeding (IVT), Wageningen was discussed in light of Ton den Nijs' departure. Dick Visser, the specialist under den Nijs will continue to work with Cucumis, and CGC was encouraged to maintain contact with him. The IVT collection is broad and includes melo, anguria and metuliferus. It was suggested that Dick Robinson arrange for samples of the IVT collection to be sent to Geneva, New York and to the National Seed Storage Lab, Fort Collins.

The Vine Crops Crop Advisory Committee (VCCAC) held its first meeting at the Vegetable Crops Dept., University of California, Davis in September 1984. The initial task of the group is to establish descriptors for each cucurbit as part of the Germplasm Resources Network (GRIN), a database for users of plant germplasm. The second meeting was scheduled for November 1985 at the U.S. Vegetable Lab, Charleston, South Carolina. There was considerable discussion about the method of maintaining accessions at the Regional Plant Introduction Stations. Many accessions are maintained via open-pollination while others are maintained by hand pollination or by use of bees in screened cages. The Chairman agreed to write letters on behalf of the CGC to expresss its concerns.

Comments from the Coordinating Committee

The call for papers for the 1987 report will go out in October, 1986. Papers should be submitted to the respective Coordinating Committee member by December 31, 1986. The report will be published by July, 1987.

When CGC 8 was mailed, it was realized that the prevailing dures structure (U.S. Individual, Foreign Individual, and Library), did not accurately reflect costs associated with the U.S. and Foreign Individual memberships. Thus, we proposed that the U.S. Individual and Foreign Individual memberships be replaced by a single Individual membership. Membership invoices sent this spring reflected this change. Any difference between the proposed membership structure and dues and that approved at the Tenth Annual meeting will be credited or debited accordingly.

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. Dayna Lamar and Lou Torres for typing correspondence and portions of this report, and assisting in the day-to-day business of CGC. And R.L. Lower and Madelyn Alt in the printing and binding of CGC No. 9 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 Tenth Annual Meeeting of the CGC will be held in conjunction with the XXII International Horticultural Congress at the University of California, Davis, 10-18 August 1986. CGC will meet at 7:00 PM on Monday 11 August in Room 25 of Wellman Hall.

There will be three meetings at the Department of Horticulture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas during the week of October 27, 1986:

  • The Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee (PCIC), October 27, 28, 29. Contact Leonard Pike at the Department of Horticulture.
  • Vine Crops Crop Advisory Committee (VCAC), October 30. Contact J.D. McCreight.
  • The National Muskmelon Research Group (NMRG), October 30, 31. Contact Edward C. Cox at the Department of Horticulture.
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