Adjacent to the Southern Taiwan Science Park, just south of Shanhua, Tainan City in southern Taiwan, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center headquarters campus covers a 117-hectare area containing research fields, laboratories, glasshouses, administration buildings and accommodation for international staff, students and guests.
Most of the Center’s experimental work is conducted at headquarters, where approximately two-thirds of our staff are based.
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.
World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis made a courtesy call to Taiwan’s Agriculture Minister Chi-Hung Tsao on 11 July 2016 at the Council of Agriculture in Taipei. They discussed topics of mutual interest and explored opportunities for collaboration. Jen-Pin Chen, Director General, Agriculture and Food Agency, Council of Agriculture; Yu-Tsai Huang, World Vegetable Center Board Chair; and Yin-Fu Chang, the Center’s Deputy Director General for Administration & Services also attended the meeting.
Standard procedures for DNA extraction of several plant and microbial species are used. The biotechnology laboratories consist of dedicated DNA, RNA, molecular marker and transgenic laboratories. Facilities include PCR and real time PCR facilities with robotics for fully automated sample preparation. Li-cor sequencers are available for SSR (simple sequence repeat) and AFLP (amplified fragment length polymorphic) marker analysis. A PCR-based SNP (single nucleotide polymorphic) marker genotyping facility is also available.
Virology has well equipped laboratories for the serological and molecular detection, identification and characterization of plant viruses. There are also insect-proof glasshouses, screen houses and growth rooms where mechanical and vector transmission of plant viruses is routinely performed to indicator test plants as well as for screening germplasm and breeders lines for resistance to important virus diseases.