Melons

Charleston Gray watermelon’s genome sequenced

Summertime is quickly approaching, and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their university colleagues are reporting on genomics research on a traditional summer treat, watermelon. In a long-term study, researchers explored the genetics of "Charleston... more »

Florida Watermelon Association commits $100,000 for research

In March 2019, the Board of Directors of the Florida Watermelon Association (FWA) approved $100,000 to designate toward a research fund, supporting grant initiatives that will focus on research and development within the industry. “Florida... more »

Caito Foods recalls fresh-cut melon clamshells linked to illnesses

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling a variety of fresh-cut melon products that were distributed in 16 states, saying they’re investigating reports of illnesses linked to the products. The voluntary... more »

Nominees sought for National Watermelon Promotion Board

The watermelon industry is seeking nominations of qualified watermelon producers and handlers for four seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The industry will hold a nominating convention March 10, at 9:30 a.m. in French... more »

National Watermelon Promotion Board members named

Sixteen new members have been appointed to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021. Members appointed are: Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg,... more »

Watermelon samples provided at 2018 Marine Corps Marathon

Athletes at the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) were rewarded with fresh, hydrating watermelon upon crossing the finish line. As an event sponsor, the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) provided 48,000 samples of watermelon. Each... more »

Sweetness, texture keys for Georgia watermelons

Usually, Georgia watermelon growers aspire to produce high yields of a sweet crop, but they shouldn’t ignore firmness and texture, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist. “Sweetness is a major... more »


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