The Matsui Seed Co. didn’t just stumble upon WSU as a partner for these trials. Its president, Kunihiko Matsui, is a Coug who is passionate about working with his alma mater to help introduce new varieties to the U.S.
By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.
They have names like Baby Doll, Belle, Jubilee, Tiger Baby and Melitopolski. Their fruit may be the traditional red, or they may be pink, yellow or orange. They are varieties of icebox watermelon that are being field tested at Washington State University’s Vancouver Research and Extension Unit as a potential crop for Western Washington farmers.Next […]