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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Cucumber

Today is National Cucumber Day and it is time to celebrate the hydrating, crunchy, green vegetable with three interesting facts about cucumbers.

  1. In 20 Years, What Will the Cucumber Look Like?

Companies are innovating to create cucumbers that will have the traits needed to meet the future. The challenge is not to introduce a new trait, but to do it in a strong chassis.

“The chassis is still the most important point in a cucumber variety with the right combination of regularity, earliness, yield, fruit quality and plant performance. Cucumber growers know exactly the yield and quality of all their harvest, they are carefully looking at this information. Cucumber is a producing machine and the machine has to work perfectly,” shares Jesus Abad, cucumber global breeding lead, Syngenta.Read the full article here.

  1. The Cucumber: Not So Simple

The period in a country when there is little news is called the “silly season.” In many countries, this time period carries a reference to cucumbers. Komkommertijd in Dutch, agurketid in Danish, gúrkutíð in Icelandic, agurktid in Norwegian and Sauregurkenzeit in German all mean “cucumber time” or “cucumber season.”

But did you know that cucumbers come in many types? For example, there are pickling, slicing, and even “burpless” cucumbers.

Read the full article here.

  1. Building a More Resilient Cucumber

Cucumber is plagued by numerous pests and diseases such as powdery mildew, CVYV, CYSDV, downy mildew (DM) and several others.

“The biggest problems with ZYMV are caused in pumpkins and zucchini. However, smooth type cucumbers are the most vulnerable. They reduce the growth and yield of fruits,” says Radek Aust, executive manager, Moravo Seed. “That is why ZYMV resistance is important in addition to classical mould tolerance. For greenhouse cucumbers, due to the intensive growing in the shelters, it is necessary to monitor the whole set of resistance such as powdery mildew, ZYMV, CMV, CCu, CVYV, etc.”

Read the full article here.

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