New Cantaloupe, Pumpkin, and Acorn Squash Seeds Developed at UNH Now Available

A researcher at the University of New Hampshire develops new seeds for cantaloupes, pumpkins, and acorn squash.

Brent Loy, working as a NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher, has created more than 70 new types of pumpkin, squash, melon, and gourd seeds. These seeds are can be purchased throughout the world through seed catalogs.

Among his creations include two new cantaloupe varieties, and a Naked Bear pumpkin, which is a hull-less pumpkin, resilient to powdery mildew disease. Two other white pumpkins were released to the market in conjunction with Seneca Vegetable Research. The team at UNH also released three strands of acorn squash with higher starch content than standard squash.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the U.S Department of Agriculture jointly fund this research at UNH.

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