With the loss of methyl bromide, the difficulty identifying efficacious alternatives, and more stringent regulations on use of soil fumigants, watermelon producers are in critical need for integrated practices to manage soilborne diseases and improve productivity and profitability of the watermelon industry. This project, which examines the effectiveness and economic feasibility of grafting as an integrated disease management tool in watermelon production, is a timely response to such needs and driven by producers’ keen interest in searching for sustainable approaches.

Funding Source: FDACS Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program