Resistant Melon Varieties Continue to Provide Excellent Control of Powdery Mildew and Quality Fruit

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Varieties with resistance are a valuable tool for managing powdery mildew in melons, a very common disease that can reduce yield (fruit quantity and/or size) and market quality (flavor, color, storability, etc). Successful control of powdery mildew in melon is critical to ensure leaves remain healthy until fruit mature and obtain high sugar content, which results in good flavor. Recently there have been several new varieties released every year. Providing growers with information about the performance of some of these varieties under local conditions, in terms of disease suppression as well as yield and fruit quality, has been a goal of variety evaluations conducted at LIHREC.

Margaret Tuttle McGrath
Sandra Menasha
Cornell University