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welcome new staff in FRESH

Adidjatou Olouwatoï RADJI

Adidjatou Olouwatoï Radji joined WorldVeg as an Administrative Assistant at WorldVeg West and Central Africa - Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. She holds a MS in Law/General Administration and International Relations and a BA in English Language from Abomey-Calavi University, Benin. Adidjatou previously worked as an executive assistant at VSP Africa, administrative and human resource assistant at Tolaro Global, and also as a translator and interpreter at the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2018-09-03T07:10:40+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: AUG2018, Welcome|

RESEARCH ASSISTANT: PLANT BREEDING

Herbaud Phanuel Fortunat Zohoungbogbo (Research Assistant: Plant Breeding) has joined the team at WorldVeg West and Central Africa Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. in 2017 Herbaud received his MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. His research interest is the development of improved crop varieties that are economically efficient and sustainable, both in quality and yield, especially under limiting environments.

2018-08-31T07:18:12+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: AUG2018, Welcome|

New Borlaug-Ruan interns

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two Borlaug-Ruan International Internship interns for 2018. Ms. Tyler Reid, 17, from Brandywine, Maryland, USA, will study plant genetics at WorldVeg headquarters under the guidance of Genebank Manager Dr. Maarten van Zonneveld. She has explored symbiotic plant systems through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgDiscovery program and with the National Park System. Mr. Chase Krug, 17, from Marion, Iowa, USA, has been conducting crop research on potatoes, corn, peas, and soybeans since his freshman year of high school. He will work out of the WorldVeg South Asia office in Hyderabad, India with Legume Breeder Dr. Ramakrishnan Nair and Visiting Entomologist Dr. Abdul Rasheed War.

2018-10-22T01:09:58+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: In Brief, JUN2018, Welcome|Tags: , |

Dr. Paola Andrea Sotelo-Cardona

Dr. Paola Andrea Sotelo-Cardona has joined WorldVeg as a Scientist in Entomology. Paola received her PhD in Entomology from Kansas State University, USA in 2010. Prior joining WorldVeg she was a researcher at the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (CORPOICA) in Colombia and worked in the Applied Entomology group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland. Her research interests include biology and ecology of insect pests; integrated pest management; host plant resistance; research methodologies in entomology and plant breeding; application of statistical methods to insect ecology; and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions. She collaborates with WorldVeg Lead Entomologist and Flagship Program Leader -- Safe and Sustainable Value Chains, Dr. Srinivasan Ramasamy.

2018-04-18T04:58:02+00:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: APR2018, Welcome|Tags: |

Scientist – Vegetable Physiology

Dr. Tae-Cheol Seo, a research scientist with the Vegetable Research Division of the National Institute of Horticultural & Herbal Science (NIHHS), Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea, studies the physiology of vegetable crops, in particular, Capsicum spp.—an important crop in Korea. Dr. Seo has been seconded to WorldVeg from the NIHHS for a term of two years (2018-2020) to evaluate and select pepper genetic resources tolerant to heat and waterlogging. He previously held a research position with the NIHHS Protected Horticulture Experimental Station.

2018-02-13T06:24:05+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: 2018 FRESH archive, FEB2018, Welcome|Tags: |

Production Horticulturist

Dr. Wolfram Spreer joined WorldVeg on 22 January 2018 as Production Horticulturist in the South Asia Regional Office, Hyderabad, India. His appointment is co-funded though GIZ’s CIM Integrated Experts Program. He holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, and has extensive experience with irrigation technologies for tropical and subtropical fruits and vegetables.

2018-02-13T06:05:08+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: 2018 FRESH archive, FEB2018, Welcome|Tags: |

Edoh Ognakossan Kukom

Edoh Ognakossan Kukom (Togo) joined WorldVeg in November 2017 as the Production and Postharvest Specialist for the USAID-funded Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Edoh has more than 7 years of experience in agricultural research working on postharvest management of staple crops. His research interests include participatory development, testing and transfer of innovations that focus on reducing losses and adding value along value chains of common staple foods. Prior to joining the World Vegetable Center, he was a research fellow under the RELOAD (Reduction of Postharvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains) project at icipe (Kenya). He also has done a variety of consultancy assignments with the Natural Resources Institutes, University of Greenwich under the African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) project. He previously worked as a research assistant in the Postharvest Management and Food Safety Department of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin.

2017-12-12T09:16:16+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: DEC2017, Welcome|

Lutz Depenbusch

Lutz Depenbusch (Germany) joined the World Vegetable Center in November 2017 to work in the Center’s impact evaluation team. Lutz obtained his PhD in Economics as part of the GlobalFood research training program at the University of Goettingen, funded by the German Research Foundation. As part of his PhD he conducted quantitative research on gender-based price discrimination in Central Kenyan vegetable markets. Lutz holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Erfurt and a Master of Arts in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen. He participated in exchange programs with St. Paul University/University of Ottawa in Canada, and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

2017-12-12T09:17:29+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: DEC2017, Welcome|

Maarten van Zonneveld

Maarten van Zonneveld (The Netherlands) joined WorldVeg in November 2017 to manage the Center’s genebank operations. From 2006 – 2013 he worked on ex situ and in situ conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources of crops and tree species in South America with Bioversity International, Colombia. From 2013 – 2017 he worked in Central America with Bioversity International, Costa Rica on conservation of plant genetic resources and in participatory research with farmers and forest communities for climate change adaptation, varietal selection, and seed testing. Maarten supported national institutions from Bolivia and Peru in expanding their national Capsicum pepper collections, and in the screening and regeneration to strengthen these important and diverse collections. He has experience with the International Treaty and the Nagoya protocol. Maarten has a background in GIS and in diversity analysis to screen plant genetic resources.

2017-12-12T09:18:25+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Welcome|