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The Current Cucurbit Podcast

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Welcome to The Current Cucurbit podcast series. In this podcast series, we dive into the world of organic IPM for cucurbit crops, focusing on the experience of our interdisciplinary research project. We will expand your knowledge regarding the use of the mesotunnel production system as an IPM tool for cucurbit crops, the capabilities of living mulches for organic weeds control,  our efforts in the lab testing biocontrol agents for the main diseases that attack cucurbit crops, and more!

If you have any comments or suggestions, please reach out to Dr. Mark Gleason ( or Jose Gonzalez (





Why do we care about pollination? What are we doing to prevent an unsuccessful pollination? Are insecticides -even organic ones- bad for pollinators? What have they found in Kentucky about the relationship of pollination and mesotunnels? These and much more subjects are covered in this interview with Dr. David Gonthier, entomologist with University of Kentucky.

Dr. Pethybridge

In this episode (recorded in late 2020) of The Current Cucurbit podcast series, plant pathologist Dr. Sarah Pethybridge (one of the project's co-PI's with Cornell University) talks about her experience doing research on mesotunnels based in Cornell (NY) and plans for 2021.


In this introductory episode of The Current Cucurbit podcast series, Dr. Gleason (project leader) sketches out our research on mesotunnels as an option for organic growers.

Part of the challenge for mesotunnels is to stop two devastating diseases: bacterial wilt (caused by Erwinia tracheiphila) and CYVD (cucurbit yellow vine disease, caused by Serratia marcescens). The podcast explains how mesotunnels can meet this challenge.

This series can help you decide if mesotunnels make sense for your farm.