Top pumpkin facts for the Halloween season

Is there any fruit, vegetable or otherwise food-related object that better sums up the autumn season than the pumpkin? (Answer: no, there isn’t.) As the weather grows colder and the days shorter, we eat pumpkins in delicious pies and snack on their seeds, we cook them into warm and toasty soups, and we even carve […]

Researchers awarded $6.5M to advance plant disease resistance with genomics

A national team of 20 scientists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded a $6.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the development of disease-resistant cucurbit crops through leveraging applied genomics.

According to a recent article, the Cucurbitaceae family includes a number of high-value crop plants such […]

Teal reveals homes for allergy-safe treats

This Halloween you may notice front porches spotted with more than just your typical orange pumpkins or carved jack-o-lanterns. As part of new initiative, teal colored pumpkins are popping up at homes around the world in an effort to raise awareness about food allergies and promote the inclusion of children with allergies in the tradition […]