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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from Michigan State University has been awarded a $6.5 million grant by the US Department of Agriculture to develop genomic tools and technologies for creating disease-resistant cucurbit crops.

The Cucurbitaceae family includes a number of high-value crop plants such as watermelons, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins. While Cucurbitaceae crops generate an estimated $1.7 billion a year in farm gate value in the US, viral and fungal pathogens remain a significant hurdle to their cultivation.

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