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Andreas Ebert (Germany) is the AVRDC Genebank Manager and Global Theme Leader – Germplasm. He has extensive experience in genebank management, both for field and orthodox seed collections, and in the implementation of research and development projects in Latin America, West Africa and East and Southeast Asia. He heads AVRDC’s Genetic Resources and Seed Unit, which focuses on regeneration, characterization, documentation and utilization of the vast vegetable genetic resources conserved in the Center’s genebank. Prior to joining AVRDC in 2008, he was Team Leader of the interdisciplinary plant genetic resources research group at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica and Professor at CATIE’s Graduate School. He holds a PhD in horticulture from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Peter Hanson (USA) is the Center’s Breeding Theme leader. He has extensive international experience in vegetable breeding, with a particular focus on tomato and crucifers. He works on the development of fresh market and processing tomato inbred lines and hybrids for the tropics, with emphasis on heat tolerance and multiple disease resistance, particularly begomoviruses, bacterial wilt, and late blight. Prior to joining the Center in 1993 he worked at Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropicál (CIAT) in Colombia and at Egerton University in Kenya. He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding & Agronomy from the University of Illinois, USA.
Jaw-Fen Wang (Taiwan) leads the Production Theme. A plant pathologist, her research focuses on managing vegetable diseases caused by plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The topics include pathogen identification and characterization, host resistance and integrated disease management. Recent achievements include use of resistant rootstocks to manage soil-borne diseases, locating resistance genes to bacterial wilt in tomato, and characterizing pathogens causing pepper anthracnose. Dr. Wang has 20 years of experience in research on vegetable disease management and is actively involved in developing and managing vegetable R&D projects around the world. She holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida, USA.
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Victor Afari-Sefa (Ghana) leads the Center’s Consumption Theme from Tanzania, Africa. He has extensive experience in performance monitoring and impact assessment of horticultural value chains on smallholder livelihoods. His research focuses on assessing opportunities and challenges in vegetable production systems, analyzing constraints in the value chain, and policy in interdisciplinary context. Prior to joining the Center in 2010, he worked as the Monitoring, Evaluation (M&E) and Impact Specialist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ghana, where he implemented the M&E framework of the Sustainable Tree Crops Program. He also has international experience in integrated economic-biophysical optimization modeling of agricultural water use. Victor holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
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