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Ep01 – Mesotunnels and biocontrol for organic cucurbit crops in the Midwest and Northeast; with Mark Gleason

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.

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This is a project funded by USDA's NIFA-OREI program. The name of the project is "Resilient systems for sustainable management of cucurbit crops", award number 2019-51300-30248.

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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 (