Sep. 1, 2008 - Aug. 31, 2009Award Number
USDA - CSREESAmount Awarded
W.Terry Kelley, Ph.D.
University of Georgia
Conner, P., Sumner, P., MacLean, D., and Li, C.Summary
One of the major production challenges for pepper, tomato, squash and other vine crop growers is a disease caused by Phytophthora capscici for which there is no control. This disease affects over half of the Georgia vegetable farm gate value. Part of this grant will fund research aimed at developing breeding lines resistant to P. capscici, particularly in pepper and squash by screening for resistant varieties and making crosses with identified germplasm. Traditional breeding and screening methods will be used to develop lines of these crops that are resistant to P. capscici. These lines will then be used by commercial seed companies to produce resistant varieties. Over half the costs of producing vegetables occurs during the period from harvest to market. The post harvest handling producedures used in these crops can have a dramatic impact on marketability, quality, shelf-life and thus net profit. Another objective is to evaluate new packing line procedures and field procedures that affect quality, marketability and shelf-life of vegetables. Several traditional studies will be conducted to develop or refine post-harvest procedures that result in less post-harvest losses and longer shelf-life for products.