East and Southeast Asia Brassica
East and Southeast Asia
The Center began its work in Southeast Asia with the Thailand Outreach Program in 1982.
The Center’s regional office, established in 1992 as the Asian Regional Center and renamed in 2009 as the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia, is located on the campus of Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Staff collaborate with university administration and researchers with the support of the Royal Thai Government. The office is the focal point for regional research and training and for the Center’s work with the People’s Republic of China.
The regional office addresses vegetable research and development in the region to improve nutrition and reduce poverty through hands-on training. The Center’s annual International Vegetable Training Course has been held for more than three decades; thousands of scientists across Asia have participated, enhancing their technical, scientific and managerial skills in vegetable production and marketing to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries.
The Center’s Research and Training Station is located on Kasetsart University’s Kamphaeng Saen Campus in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
The World Vegetable Center will showcase its collection of better bitter gourd breeding lines during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days, 21 August – 6 September 2016 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia/Oceania Research and Training Station, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand. Cucurbit breeders and plant pathologists from seed companies and public institutes are invited to come to our experimental plots to examine nearly 400 advanced breeding lines. These lines belong to different market segments popular with growers and consumers in different regions of Asia. Lines have been bred for improved yield and fruit quality and resistance to diseases such as powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, and viruses using a broader gene pool derived from the global collection of bitter gourd maintained at the WorldVeg genebank. For more information and to arrange your visit, please contact Narinder Dhillon, Global Cucurbit Breeder, World Vegetable Center (email@example.com).
STRENGTHENING A LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP: AVRDC and Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand signed their first Memorandum of Understanding back in 1992 to set out guidelines for research collaboration, development initiatives, and training. The International Vegetable Training Course (now in its 35th year), an intensive cucurbit breeding program in Thailand, and increased international interaction for KU scientists and students are among the many benefits realized from this most enduring and fruitful partnership, which is now set to continue: The MOU was renewed for another 25 years on 15 February 2015 by Achiraya Nunes Galante of the KU International Affairs Division and Fenton Beed, AVRDC East and Southeast Asia Regional Director. Thanks, KU!