The AVRDC Genebank maintains a large collection of public domain germplasm for the current and future use of all humankind. We distribute seed samples of our germplasm accessions and advanced breeding lines worldwide. Genebank holdings as of 30 September 2015:
The Search Committee formed to vet candidates for the position of Director General of AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center met August 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany to short-list 3 to 5 candidates for formal interviews by the entire Board and staff at AVRDC headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan, October 12-16.
Taking into account the candidate CVs, application letter, references, and interviews, after extensive, rigorous, and careful deliberation, the committee agreed unanimously to invite the following candidates for formal interviews in October:
Warwick Easdown: Regional Director, AVRDC South Asia, Hyderabad, India; Mark Holderness: Executive Director, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Rome, Italy; Jan Low: Principal Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP), Nairobi, Kenya; Marco Wopereis: Deputy Director General - Research, AfricaRice, Cotonou, Benin.
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center initiated the Cambodia component of the five-country USAID-funded project “Deploying vegetable seed kits to tackle malnutrition” through a Consultation Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 10-11 August 2015. Representatives from USAID, internationally funded agricultural projects, Cambodian national and provincial agricultural institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector participated in the workshop, providing guidance, perspective and recommendations for implementation.
The 2015 Catalogue of Released and Promising Vegetable and Legume Varieties for Central Asia and the Caucasus offers a look at 98 improved varieties developed from AVRDC germplasm in collaboration with research institutions and universities in the Regional Network for Vegetable Systems Research and Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Crops include tomato, hot and sweet pepper, eggplant, mungbean, vegetable soybean, yard-long bean, pea, cucumber, vegetable marrow, custard squash, Chinese leafy cabbage, lettuce, celery, and basil.
Grafting tomato onto hardy tomato or eggplant rootstocks can minimize problems caused by flooding, soil-borne diseases, and root-knot nematode. Watch as staff from AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center demonstrate this simple, effective technique.