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Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 14:vi-viii (introduction) 1991


Comments from the CGC Coordinating Committee

The Call for Papers for the 1992 Report (CGC Report No. 15) will be mailed in August 1991. Papers should be submitted to the respective Coordinating Committee members by 31 December 1991. The report will be published by June 1992. As always, we are eager to hear from CGC members regarding our current activities and the future direction of CGC.

  • Gary W. Elmstrom (muskmelon)
  • J. Brent Loy (Cucurbita spp.)
  • Dennis T. Ray (watermelon)
  • Mark Hutton (other genera)
  • Todd C. Wehner (cucumber)
  • Timothy J. Ng, chair

Comments from the CGC Gene List Committee

Lists of known genes for the Cucurbitaceae have been published previously in HortScience and in reports of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative. GCG is currently publishing complete lists of known genes for cucumber (Cucumis sativus), muskmelon (Cucumis melo), watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), and Cucurbita spp. on a rotating basis.

It is hoped that scientists will consult these lists as well as the rules of gene nomenclature for the Cucurbitaceae (see page 140) before selecting a gene name and symbol. Thus, inadvertent duplication of gene names and symbols will be prevented. The rules of gene nomenclature were adopted in order to provide guidelines for the naming and symbolizing of genes previously reported and those that will be reported in the future. Scientists are urged to contact members of the Gene List Committee regarding questions in interpreting the nomenclature rules and in naming and symbolizing new genes.

  • Cucumber: Todd C. Wehner
  • Muskmelon: Michel Pitrat
  • Watermelon: Warren R. Henderson
  • Cucurbita spp.: Richard W. Robinson
  • Other Genera: Richard W. Robinson

Comments from the CGC Gene Curators

CGC has appointed Curators for the four major cultivated groups: cucumber, muskmelon, watermelon and Cucurbita spp. A curator for the "Other Genera" category is needed; anyone wishing to take on this responsibility should contact the Chairman.

Curators are responsible for collecting, maintaining and distributing upon request stocks of the known marker genes. CGC members are requested to forward samples of currently held gene stocks to at least one of the respective curators.

  • Cucumber: Todd C. Wehner, Jack Staub
  • Muskmelon: J. D. McCreight, Michel Pitrat
  • Cucurbita spp.: Richard W. Robinson, Mark Hutton
  • Watermelon: Gary W. Elmstrom, E. Glen Price, Billy B. Rhodes

14th Annual CGC Business Meeting (6 November 1991, Tucson Arizona USA)

The 14th Annual Business Meeting of the Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative was held on Tuesday, 6 November 1990, in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Approximately 25 CGC members were in attendance.

Minutes from the 13th Annual Business Meeting (Tulsa, OK) and the CGC meeting at Cucurbitaceae '89 (Charleston, SC) were approved. Mention was made of two upcoming international cucurbit meetings, one in Israel in 1991 and the other in Poland in 1992. [Editor's note: the Israel meeting was subsequently canceled due to events in the Middle East.]

CGC membership figures and summary statistics for the first 13 CGC Reports were presented. CGC Report No. 13 (1990) was mailed on 26 June 1991 to (at that time) 240 members and subscribers. The Call for Papers for CGC Report No. 14 was scheduled to be mailed 31 August 1990, with submissions due by 31 December 1990.

A lively discussion ensued over whether the term "melon" should be used rather than "muskmelon" for cultigens in the species Cucumis melo. The rationale presented was that many C. melo cultigens (e.g. honeydew and casaba melons) lack the "musky" smell typical of some of the netted, orange-fleshed types, and that confusion arises when they are described as "muskmelons." At least one watermelon researcher expressed concern that using "melon" might cause some degree of confusion about whether watermelons were being discussed. However, most CGC members agreed that they rarely heard watermelons referred to (scientifically) as "melons" when they were the sole commodity being mentioned. After further discussion and a vote, it was decided that the term "melon" rather than "muskmelon" would be used by CGC in the future to describe cultigens of C. melo. Efforts would be made in the next year to get other scientific journals (e.g. the ASHS publications) and U.S. regulatory agencies to adopt the same practice.

A mention was made that few libraries subscribe to the CGC Report. Members were encouraged to request that their libraries subscribe and make the CGC Report available to students and researchers.

Because of discussions at the CGC meetings in 1989, the need for back-up gene curators was again brought up. There have been more volunteers, and currently there are two or more curators for each cucurbit category except for the "Other Genera" section.

According to the CGC By-Laws, CGC Coordinating Committee members serve 10-year terms, whereupon an election is held to select their replacement. Mark Hutton was nominated and elected to replace Dick Robinson as the Coordinating Committee member for the "Other Genera" section. Gratitude was expressed to Dick Robinson for his guidance to CGC over the years; Robinson was part of the organizing committee when CGC was initiated in 1977 and had served on the Coordinating Committee ever since. He was also instrumental in formulating the CGC By-Laws. He will be continuing on the CGC Gene List Committee and as a CGC Gene Curator.

A question of whether CGC should publish a listing of new cucurbit cultivars each year in the CGC Report was discussed; this was subsequently turned down because of the logistics of maintaining an accurate list.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest to CGC Members

Date and Location
Contact Person
Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative
23 July 1991
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Rm. 265 Willard Building
Penn. State University
University Park, PA
Timothy J. Ng
1122D Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742 USA
*Cucurbit Crop Advisory Committee
8 September 1991
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Rocky Ford, Colorado
J. D. McCreight
USDA-ARS, 1636 E. Alisal St.
Salinas, CA 93915 USA
*National Melon Research Group
9 September 1991
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rocky Ford, Colorado
Perry E. Nugent
USDA, U.S. Vegetable Lab
2875 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29414 USA
*Squash Breeders Group
9 September 1991
1:30 - 5:00 PM
Rocky Ford, Colorado
Henry Munger
Cornell University
410 Bradford Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee
16 to 18 October 1991
Louisville, Kentucky
Todd C. Wehner
Dept. Horticultural Sci.
North Carolina State Univ.
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609 USA
Watermelon Research Group
February 1992
(time to be announced)
Lexington, Kentucky
Gary W. Elmstrom
Univ. Florida, IFAS, CFREC
5336 University Avenue
Leesburg, FL 34748 USA
5th EUCARPIA Cucurbitaceae Symposium
27 to 31 July 1992
Research Institute of Vegetable Crops
22 Lipca 1/3
96-100 Skierniewice
Warsaw, Poland
Roch W. Doruchowski, or
Katarzyna Niemirowicz-Szcytt
Tel. 41-93
Telex: 886649 Inwarz pl
Telefax: 31-86

*Note: The three September cucurbit meetings in Rocky Ford, Colorado are being coordinated by Larry Hollar (Hollar Seeds, P.O. Box 106, Rocky Ford, Colorado 81067. Ph.: (719) 254-7411. Fax: (719) 254-3539). The meetings will span the period of 7 to 10 September 1991 and will include visits to melon production areas, packing plants, and cultigen field trial locations.

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