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Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report 29: iii-v (Article 0) 2006

Introduction

30th Annual CGC Business Meeting (2006)

Todd C. Wehner, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609 USA

The Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative met with the Cucurbitaceae 2006 conference in Asheville, North Carolina at 6 pm on September 18. The idea of having CGC available only on the web was discussed. It was decided to continue the print version of CGC until there was a larger percentage of the membership online with high speed connections.

Linda Wessel-Beaver presented an overview of CGC membership. The membership list has been expanded and updated. Conference attendees were encouraged to register for CGC membership, and many took advantage of the offer.

Angela Davis presented summary statistics and cost analyses on the annual CGC Reports, as well as an update on the forthcoming CGC Report No. 29 (2006). After considering the options, there was a unanimous vote to increase CGC membership dues to $20/year starting with CGC 30 (2007). Dues will be $30 for all three CGC volumes: 27 (2004), 28 (2005), and 29 (2006). Back issues continue to be offered for sale (subject to availability) at $10 per volume.

The CGC website has been updated and expanded. Issues 1through 22 have been typed and placed on the web. Issues 1 through 6 have been proofed.

Announcements were made on the upcoming EUCARPIA meeting in Avignon, France, as well as plans for Cucurbitaceae 2010.

Comments from the CGC Coordinating Committee

The Call for Papers for the 2007 Report (CGC Report No. 30) has been sent out. Papers should be submitted to the respective Coordinating Committee members by 31 December 2006. The report will be published by June 2007. As always, we are eager to hear from CGC members regarding our current activities and the future direction of CGC.

  • Todd C. Wehner, chair and website editor
  • Angela Davis, associate chair and print editor
  • Linda Wessel-Beaver, associate chair and membership coordinator
  • Tim Ng, associate chair and treasurer
  • Jack E. Staub, assistant editor (cucumber)
  • Kevin Crosby, assistant editor (melon)
  • Gabriele Gusmini, assistant editor (Cucurbita spp.)
  • Mark G. Hutton, assistant editor (other genera)
  • Stephen R. King, assistant editor (watermelon)

Comments from 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. CGC is currently publishing complete lists of known genes for cucumber (Cucumis sativus), melon (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 before choosing 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 which 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: Nischit V. Shetty (curator) and Todd C. Wehner (assistant curator)
  • Melon: Michael Pitrat (curator) and James D. McCreight (assistant curator)
  • Other Genera: Mark G. Hutton (curator) and Deena Decker-Walters (assistant curator)
  • Cucurbita spp.: Harry Paris (curator) and Richard W. Robinson (assistant curator)
  • Watermelon: Todd C. Wehner (curator) and Stephen R. King (assistant curator)

Comments from the CGC Gene Curators

CGC has appointed Curators for the four major cultivated groups: cucumber, melon, watermelon and Cucurbita spp.

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 the respective Curator.

  • Cucumber: Nischit V. Shetty (curator) and Todd C. Wehner (assistant curator)
  • Melon: Michael Pitrat (curator) and James D. McCreight (assistant curator)
  • Other Genera: Mark G. Hutton (curator) and Deena Decker-Walters (assistant curator)
  • Cucurbita spp.: Harry Paris (curator) and Richard W. Robinson (assistant curator)
  • Watermelon: Todd C. Wehner (curator) and Stephen R. King (assistant curator)

Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee

The Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee met with the Cucurbitaceae 2006 conference in Asheville, North Carolina at 5 pm on September 18. The committee developed a list of research priorities for cucumber. The next meeting will be with Pickle Packers International in Memphis, TN on October 2-4, 2007.

Proceedings from Cucurbitaceae 2006

Cucurbitaceae 2006 was held on 17-21 September 2006 in Asheville, North Carolina (USA), and was organized by G.J. Holmes, J.R. Schultheis, and T.C. Wehner at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The Proceedings are available as a 602 page book entitled Cucurbitaceae Proceedings 2006 (81 papers). The cost of the book is $30 (includes mailing cost), and orders can be sent to T.C. Wehner. For more information, see: http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cucurbit/meetings/ccrbtceae06mtg.html

2006 Watermelon Research Group Meeting

Benny Bruton, USDA-ARS, Lane, OK 74555 USA

The Annual Meeting of the Watermelon Research Group (WRG) was Sunday, February 5, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. The meeting was held (8am-5pm) in the meeting room Palms Ballroom Salon A (Wyndham Orlando Resort) in conjunction with The Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) and the Southern Region-American Society for Horticultural Science (SR-ASHS). There were 29 presentations, followed by an open discussion session.

U.S. Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee Update

J.D. McCreight, USDA-ARS, Salinas, California USA

The Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee met with the Cucurbitaceae 2006 conference in Asheville, North Carolina at 5:30 pm on September 19. The committee developed a list of research priorities for cucumber. The next meeting will be with Pickle Packers International in Memphis, TN on October 2-4, 2007.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest to Cucurbit Researchers

  • Cucurbit Crop Germplasm Committee
    • 10 am, 19 July 2007
    • Westin-Kierland Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
    • with the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science
    • James D. McCreight
    • USDA-ARS, Salinas, CA USA
    • Tel: 408-755-2864; Fax: 408-755-2866
    • http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/cgclist.html
  • Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative
    • 9 am, 16 July 2007
    • Westin-Kierland Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
    • with the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science
    • Todd C. Wehner
    • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
    • Tel: 919-515-5363; Fax: 919-515-2505
    • http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cgc/index.html
  • National Melon Research Group
    • 21-24 May, 2008
    • Avignon, France
    • with EUCARPIA-Cucurbitaceae
    • James D. McCreight
    • USDA-ARS, Salinas, CA USA
    • Tel: 408-755-2864; Fax: 408-755-2866
  • Pickling Cucumber Improvement Committee
    • 21-24 May, 2008
    • Avignon, France
    • with EUCARPIA-Cucurbitaceae
    • Nischit V. Shetty
    • Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Tifton, GA 31793 USA
    • Tel: 229-386-8701; Fax: 229-386-8805
  • Cucurbita Research Group
  • Watermelon Research Group

EUCARPIA-Cucurbitaceae 2008

Under the aegis of EUCARPIA, the next meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Cucurbitaceae will be organized by INRA. It will be held in Avignon in the south of France on 21-24 May 2008. EUCARPIA-Cucurbitaceae 2008 intends to bring together all the researchers involved in cucurbit genetics and breeding to share new developments in all aspects of genetic resources, genetics and breeding, genomics and biotechnology. For more information, see http://www.inra.fr/cucurbitaceae2008

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