Private Breeding Programs

The following seed companies are working on cucumber or watermelon breeding for the U.S. market. As in most industries these days, many have combined with other seed companies, or have been bought by agricultural biotechnology or chemical companies.

Go to cucumber page or watermelon page

Company Acquired, merged with, or evolved from Plant breeder
Cucumber
Harris Moran Ferry Morse, Joseph Harris, Moran, Magnum Adam Call
Hollar & Co. Hollar Qi Zhang
Nunhems ARCO, Abbott and Cobb, Castle, Dessert, Sunseeds, Nunhems, BASF Michelle Wood
Sakata Seeds Agroceres, Alf Christianson, Sakata
Seminis Vegetable Seeds Asgrow Vegetable Seeds (inc. Vlasic Seeds), Barham Seeds, Bruinsma, California, Choong Ang, DeVine Ripe/LSL, Genencorp, Hung Nong, Horticeres, PetoSeed and Royal Sluis Nischit Shetty
United Genetics Magnum Seed, United Genetics (Ken Owens)
Watermelon
Abbott and Cobb Abbott and Cobb (Hasib Humaydan)
Harris Moran Ferry Morse, Joseph Harris, Moran Grant Neppl
Hollar & Co. Hollar Bruce Carle
Nunhems ARCO, Abbott and Cobb, Castle, Dessert, Sunseeds, Nunhems, Bayer Erik deGroot, YenMing Chang
Sakata Seeds Agroceres, Alf Christianson, Sakata Nihat Guner
Shamrock Seeds Inc. – link not found Shamrock Seeds Inc.
Seminis Vegetable Seeds Asgrow Vegetable Seeds (inc. Vlasic Seeds), Barham Seeds, Bruinsma, California, Choong Ang, DeVine Ripe/LSL, Genencorp, Hung Nong, Horticeres, PetoSeed, Royal Sluis Jerome Bernier
Sugar Creek Sugar Creek (Glen Price)
Syngenta, Rogers American Sunmelon, Musser, Northrup King, Rogers, Sluis and Groot Ajay Sandhu
United Genetics United Genetics Robert Mahinan, Wei Ouyang
U.S. Seedless U.S. Seedless Len Cantor
Willhite Seed Willhite Don Dobbs