Cucurbit resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial cucurbit production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 


Cucurbit fruit rots

Research project FV 443: Courgettes - Review of blossom end rot - causes and potential solutions

Research project FV 132: Control of zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) by mild strain protection 1993

Research project FV 132: Control of zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) by mild strain protection 1994

Research project FV 132: Control of zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) by mild strain protection 1995

Research project FV 168: Annual weed control in courgettes 1994

Research project FV 168a: Courgettes and marrows: development of herbicide programmes 1997



Research project FV 838: FV 383: Energy efficiency case studies for field vegetables enterprises

Food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Managing risk in the production of fresh produce

Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively

Nutrient management

Green manures – effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

Green manures – implications of economic and environmental benefits on rotational management

Green manures – species selection

Introduction to fertigation

Outdoor Cucurbits: Nutrient Deficiencies & Physiological Disorders

Research project FV 457: Calcium Nutrition in Cucurbits


Rodent control on farms

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture


Cucurbit pollination

Research project CP 118: Cucurbit pollination: mechanisms and management to optimise field crop quality and quantity


How to count earthworms

Measuring soil nutrients, pH and organic matter

Short-term green manures for intensively cultivated horticultural soil

Video: The worm count test

Video: How to conduct a quick assessment of your soils

Video: Webinar - Soil health for horticulture

Video: Webinar - Soil health improvement – Cover crops and organic amendments


Cucurbits storage review

Improving pumpkin storage

How to reduce pumpkin storage losses

Research project FV 439: Cucurbits - Identifying pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest management practices capable of reducing losses of pumpkins during storage


Establishing a resilient water supply

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Useful links

Identification and management of nematodes in field crops

Outdoor Cucurbits Crop Walkers’ Guide

Management of farmland birds on vegetable farms

Rodent control on farms

Read about how to keep fresh produce safe to eat