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Watermelon Research and Development Group

Report from 2010 Annual Meeting

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Orlando, FL
February 7, 2010

Elisabetta Vivoda, Chair
Harris Moran Seed Co.
Davis, CA

Jonathan Schultheis, Vice-Chair
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Email: Jonathan_Schultheis@NCSU.Edu
Phone: 919-515-1225
Fax: 919-515-2505

Todd C. Wehner, Secretary
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Email: Todd_Wehner@NCSU.Edu
Phone: 919-515-5363
Fax: 919-515-2505

The Annual Meeting of the Watermelon Research & Development Working Group will be held Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, Magnolia room in Orlando, FL, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in conjunction with The Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists and the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Sciences (SR-ASHS). Please register for the SR-ASHS meeting even if you only attend the WRDWG meeting. The meeting room and accommodations are provided by SR-ASHS at no charge to our group. Registration information and hotel accommodations are provided in the SR-ASHS Pre-Conference Newsletter available at the SR-ASHS website ( This year we have the option to pre-register through the ASHS secure website. To pre-register, go to the ASHS web site ( and enter the ASHS Online Store ( In the Categories menu select the link: Southern Region ASHS Online Shopping Cart. You can pay for your meeting registration, annual dues, and ACB Club dues. You will receive a receipt via email.

It was mentioned at last year’s meeting that we may want to re-organize the meeting to better accommodate discussions. If you have an idea about how to better organize the meeting, please contact the Chair or Vice-chair with your comments.

One last note: We are in need of a sponsor for refreshments this year. If you would be willing to sponsor refreshments, please contact either the Chair or Vice-chair.

Hotel Accomodations:
Wydham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Hotel Phone: 407-351-2420
Group Reservations: 800-937-8461

Group Room Rates:
Single and Double Rooms - $???/night

Call the number above and ask for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group rate.

Other Information:

Additional information available on the SR-ASHS Website:


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Please let our sponsor know that we appreciate them for providing the refreshments for the Annual Meeting. Thanks!

Past Sponsors

  • ? - 2010
  • Abbott & Cobb:Atlanta, Georgia - 2009
  • Seminis Vegetable Seeds / Zeraim Gedera: Dallas, Texas- 2008
  • Sakata Seed America: Mobile, Alabama - 2007
  • Harris Moran: Orlando, Florida - 2006
  • Syngenta Seeds: Little Rock, Arkansas - 2005
  • Abbott & Cobb:Tulsa, Oklahoma - 2004
  • Seminis Seeds:Mobile, Alabama – 2003
  • National Watermelon Promotion Board: Kissimmee, Florida - 2002
  • Sugar Creek Seed Inc.: Ft. Worth, Texas - 2001
  • Willhite Seeds: Lexington, Kentucky - 2000
  • Novartis Seeds Inc.: Memphis, Tennessee - 1999
  • Sunseeds: Little Rock, Arkansas - 1998
  • Barham Seeds: Birmingham, Alabama - 1997
  • American SunMelon: Greensboro, North Carolina - 1996
  • Willhite Seeds: New Orleans, Louisiana - 1995
  • Asgrow Seed Company: Nashville, Tennessee - 1994
  • American SunMelon:Tulsa, Oklahoma - 1993


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