Melons

Find out information on current partnerships and research activities with the melon growers.

Characterisation and management of Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon

Fusarium wilt is one of the most severe diseases in watermelon and is caused by a fungus called Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (Fon). This strain is only pathogenic on watermelons and can be divided into four races (0, 1, 2 and 3). The disease is one of the major yield limiting factors in production, worldwide. Fon was first detected in the Northern Territory (NT) in May 2011. The disease affected three different varieties of watermelon seedlings and plants from six different locations.

The objectives of the projects are to:

  • identify the NT Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race(s) and compare with other Fon races (Australian and international)
  • screen rootstocks and grafted watermelons for resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum [all races]
  • implement extension strategies to raise awareness of Fusarium wilt of watermelon, deliver outcomes to industry and propose management strategies.

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Improved management options for Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV)

Melon extension program

This is an extension program demonstrating aspects of melon production in the Northern Territory, including CGMMV, IPM and cover crops.

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Last updated: 26 March 2019