Assessment of traditional African vegetable production in Burkina Faso

Nutrient‐dense traditional African vegetables provide an excellent means to complement cereal staples for better nutrition, in particular for women and children, as well as for income generation. This study characterized the production of traditional African vegetables in Burkina Faso.

Single nucleotide polymorphism markers associated with resistance to bruchids

Callosobruchus sp. infect mungbean (Vigna radiata) at low levels in the field, multiply during grain storage and can destroy seed stocks in a few months. Resistance against bruchid beetles has been found in wild mungbean V. radiata var. sublobata TC1966 and in cultivated mungbean line V2802.

The contribution of international vegetable breeding to private seed companies in India

Crop breeding research by international agricultural research centers usually serves public sector crop breeding, but does it still have a role when research and development have shifted to the private sector? This paper explores this question for vegetables in India using data from 27 private companies and 9 public organizations.

Evaluation of wild tomato accessions

Tomato wild relatives are important sources of resistance to many pests of cultivated tomato [Solanum lycopersicum L. (syn. Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.)]. Eleven wild tomato accessions previously identified at the World Vegetable Center as resistant to Bemisia tabaci were evaluated for resistance to the two-spotted spider mite [Tetranychus urticae (Koch.)] Resistance to T. urticae based on the number of eggs from the no-choice bioassays was positively correlated with density of type IV glandular trichomes and negatively correlated with densities of type V trichomes. All resistant accessions accumulated high levels of total acylsugars, which were positively associated with type IV trichomes.

Salinity and High Temperature Tolerance in Mungbean

Biotic and abiotic constraints seriously affect the productivity of agriculture worldwide. This review focuses on salinity and HT stresses on mungbean grown as a fallow crop (mungbean-rice-wheat to replace fallow-rice-wheat) and/or a relay crop in cereal cropping systems.


My Success

They like it!

Lilian's children wouldn't eat the food she cooked. Now she grows vegetables that aren’t bitter, changed her cooking style, and has the kids eating healthy leafy greens every day.

  • Robina's students are learning to grow their own vegetables.

Home gardens, healthy children, happy parents

School Principal Robina teaches her young students to grow vegetables and cook them for school lunch. The children are noticeably healthier, which has made her school very popular among parents.


2806, 2016

Opening doors for collaboration

Director General Marco Wopereis recently returned from his first official trip to Europe and Africa, where he met staff, current and potential partners, and donors. In Montpellier, France, he had discussions on collaboration between the Center and CIRAD (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) and attended the CIRAD Scientific Council Meeting from 8-10 June. CIRAD has strengths in field agronomy and modeling, vegetable breeding, food safety and market linkages in Africa. In Mali from 14-17 June, Marco met with the World Vegetable Center’s West and Central Africa team at the office in Bamako, and representatives of government and nongovernmental organizations. Mali seeks support to develop its horticultural sector, particularly the vegetable seed sector.

2405, 2016

New seed shipment arrives in Svalbard

Institutes from around the world made deposits to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, marking another step forward in the fight to ensure future global food security. More than 8,000 varieties of crops from Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, and the World Vegetable Center arrived at the Vault, located on a remote Norwegian archipelago, to be stored deep within the permafrost.

1305, 2016

Seeking Deputy Director General – Research

Are you the person to move the World Vegetable Center’s research agenda forward? Do you have the drive, vision and experience to establish collaborations with advanced research institutions, and create a simulating environment to attract world class scientific staff, partners, visiting scientists and students from around the world? If so, the Center wants you as its next Deputy Director General - Research. Download the position announcement. Deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

1105, 2016

Technical cooperation to identify molecular markers in tomato

The World Vegetable Center and the Rural Development Administration (RDA), Republic of Korea, have embarked on a technical cooperation project to identify molecular markers associated with disease and insect resistance for marker assisted selection in tomato breeding programs. Il-Sheob Shin, an RDA scientist seconded to the Center, is the principal investigator, under the supervision of Roland Schafleitner, head of Biotechnology/Molecular Breeding. The project runs through January 2018.




The World Vegetable Center 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 3o June 2016:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

Girl Power in the garden!

Curious about the safety of the local food supply, four young women from Bishop Henry Gogarty Memorial Girls Secondary School in Tanzania decided to investigate the benefits of growing their own vegetable gardens.

Pepper grafting tutorial

Grafting peppers can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil-borne diseases. Learn this simple yet effective technique to improve your pepper harvest.

The trouble with Tuta

The tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) is making inroads in Tanzania and other locations in East Africa. The World Vegetable Center and partners are working to develop strategies for farmers to manage Tuta, which can cause up to 100% loss of tomato fruits if left uncontrolled.




Water mimosa (Neptunia oleracea)

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Moringa (Moringa oleifera)