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New Downy Mildew Resistant Cucumber

Two downy mildew resistant cucumber varieties will be available to farmers in the United States and Canada this spring. Monsanto's Seminis brand will offer the new slicer cucumber varieties exclusively with FarMore® and F1400 Cucumber Technology from Syngenta Seed Care. This seed protection system provides fungal disease and insect control to enhance cucumber performance and quality. 

Downy mildew is a disease affecting the quality and yield of many crops, including cucumbers. Ronnie Blackley, Monsanto's Cucurbit Technology Development Lead said that the new varieties offer cucumber growers a new defense against downy mildew, which was previously limited to fungicides.

More information about the new crops is available at


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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