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Read all about Samikshya in CAES Cultivate. Samikshya joined our lab at the beginning of 2021 and is already making a big impact!
Jan 20, 2022
Dec 20, 2021
Congratulations to Douglas Vines who won 3rd prize for his undergraduate poster at the annual Plant Center Retreat. The title of the poster was "ClSUN25-26-27a Allelic Variation Associated with Watermelon Fruit Shape". Sammy Josiah is co-author on this poster.
Oct 25, 2021
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Jul 14, 2021
Students from the Plant Breeding Practicum (PBGG 6000), accompanied by Dr. Wayne Parrott, visited the watermelon breeding program today. The practicum give graduate students the opportunity to visit different UGA breeding programs in Athens, Griffin and Tifton to see first-hand the practical aspects of breeding different crops. And every visit to our program must end with tasting some delicious watermelon!
Thanks for the visit! It was a lot of fun!
Jun 8, 2021
May 24, 2021
The 2021 watermelon field evaluation has been transplanted today, marking the official start of Summer!
In a short time, this field will be thriving with delicious fruit.
As you can see from all the happy faces, it was a great day to be outside working in the field. This is Samikshya's first year getting to enjoy this experience.
May 7, 2021
Feb 22, 2021
Welcome Samikshya Rijal!
Samikshya graduated with a B. S in Agriculture Sciences from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2017 and a master’s degree in agricultural sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2020. Her previous work involved marker-assisted breeding, and tissue culture. Her focus was QTL mapping for the flowering trait in strawberries.
She will be continuing work on gummy stem blight resistance in watermelon, as part of the CucCap 2 project (National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, award number 2020-51181-32139).
Nov 17, 2020
We just published a new paper in Theoretical and Applied Genetics describing QTL mapping of gummy stem blight resistance in watermelon. You can read more about it here.