|In Brief

Announcements and short news items about activities at the Center or elsewhere

Building links with local research institutions

On 1 August 2018, the World Vegetable Center and the College of Bioresources and Agriculture (CBA) of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for further research collaborations. WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis and Prof. Huu-Sheng Lur, Dean, CBA-NTU, signed the agreement on behalf of the two institutions.

2018-09-03T05:18:29+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Articles, AUG2018, Briefing, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Cameroon and WorldVeg strengthen ties

Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 August 2018, officially inking a partnership to work together on strengthening vegetable seed systems, mobilizing and training smallholders to produce certified onion seed, and increasing the supply of traditional African vegetables in the country.

2018-09-03T05:01:19+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Articles, AUG2018, Briefing, In Brief, West and Central Africa - Coastal and Humid Regions|Tags: , , |

ASIA AGRI-TECH EXPO

Dr. Roland Schafleitner of the World Vegetable Center, Dr. May Chodchoey of the Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA), and Mr. Patrick Hafenstein of Trade and Investment Queensland will be the keynote speakers at the Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum 2018, Taiwan's leading trade show for agriculture, aquaculture and livestock manufacturing technologies and solutions. Scheduled for July 26-28 at the Taipei World Trade Center, the expo will feature innovations in plant seed production and crop management to address climate change and food security. The conference's 45 sessions will cover plant health, aquaculture environment control, and sustainable livestock farming. A panel discussion on “Plant health management -- trends and solutions to reduce the usage of pesticides” hosted by Dr. Shan-Da Liu, will be jointly led by Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Rotam Global Agrosciences, and CH Biotech R&D. Other presentations will focus on the current challenges of sustainable farming and food production, consumer trends, and agribusiness. Online registration is open now at https://goo.gl/eHhgwa or contact Ms. Joy Chou (mailto:aat-tw@ubm.com).

2018-07-10T08:58:39+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

BUILDING IMPACT

The World Vegetable Center seeks a diversity of ideas and options for the design and construction of a new research laboratory and its integration into the institution’s existing 120-hectare campus located in Shanhua, Tainan City, Taiwan. In April 2018, WorldVeg received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) planning grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin moving forward on a major USD 22 million (NTD 660,000,000) construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. In line with the Center’s strategic and operational plans, the aim is to create a vibrant campus with new, fit-for-purpose facilities, new research platforms, and enhanced existing research structures. Architectural & Engineering firms are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to undertake the project. Submission deadline: 09:00 am on 20 July 2018. See https://avrdc.org/worldveg-rim-procurement/ for details.

2018-06-01T00:41:34+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: In Brief|

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.

2018-06-15T08:36:35+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: In Brief, JUN2018, Welcome|Tags: , |

Planning grant for construction and renovation of research infrastructure

The World Vegetable Center has received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin planning a major construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. “The Center’s laboratories are in urgent need of renewal,” said WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. “We’re grateful to Taiwan COA for the financial support that will allow us to start making our vision of a modern international research hub for vegetable science and breeding a reality.” Improvements will include a new seed treatment facility, capacity for controlled environment phenotyping, and upgraded laboratory facilities. In the coming weeks, WorldVeg will recruit a project manager to guide the planning and renovation effort.

2018-04-25T00:56:55+00:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

NSP Task Force

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP) aims to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia. WorldVeg applauds this international outreach initiative. To actively contribute to the effort, WorldVeg has established an NSP Task Force to serve as a bridge between Taiwan and NSP countries. The Task Force will accelerate technological innovation for sustainable vegetable sector development by facilitating the introduction, adaptation, and adoption of Taiwanese horticultural technologies and know‐how, as well as welcoming students and scientists from the NSP countries to Taiwan to work with WorldVeg and Taiwan partners. Task Force members include Mandy Lin (Chair; Associate Specialist, Technology Dissemination), Sophia Chan (Associate Specialist, Virology), and Kitty Hong (Management Assistant). George Kuo, former Director of International Cooperation for the Center, will assist as a resource person for the Task Force.

2018-04-25T00:29:42+00:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

Remembering Dr. Yang

Charles Yu-di Yang, age 86, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. In 1972, Dr. Yang accepted an offer from the Rockefeller Foundation to be the Senior Pathologist at the Asian Vegetable Research & Development Center (AVRDC). In 1980, he moved to Thailand to lead the AVRDC outreach program there. During his 17 years in Thailand, Charles developed the outreach program literally from the ground up.  He got the funding to build the research center and training facilities; hired and managed the staff; oversaw the construction of the buildings; and developed, implemented and directed the training program for nearly 400 scholars from 18 countries around the world.

2018-04-18T05:49:15+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: APR2018, Briefing, In Brief|

WorldVeg parentage in high-yielding, triple-disease resistant ‘Arka Rakshak’ tomato

Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!

2018-02-09T02:56:34+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Briefing, FEB2018, In Brief|Tags: , , |

52nd Board of Directors Meeting and 2017 Global R & D Week

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 52nd meeting in conjunction with the 2017 Global R & D Week, 4-8 December 2017 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The dual event gave board members the opportunity to interact with staff, engage in meaningful discussions, and provide perspective on the Center's new direction.  Board members David Sammons (USA), Dae Geun Oh (Korea), Takashi Hamada (Japan) and Vivencio Mamaril (Philippines) completed their terms. The Center is grateful for their service and thoughtful advice over the years. Incoming members are Myoung Rae Cho, Director General, Department of Horticultural Crop Research, National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science Rural Development Administration (Korea); George Culaste, OIC-Director Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (Philippines); Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Food Value Chain, GAIN (USA); and Shigehiro Nishiumi, Deputy Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (Japan).

2017-12-15T10:16:55+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Briefing, In Brief|