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Genome-wide analysis of simple sequence repeats in bitter gourd (Momordica charantia)

After the sequencing of the cucumber (Cucumis sativus), watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), and melon (Cucumis melo) genomes, bitter gourd became the fourth cucurbit species whose whole genome was sequenced. However, a comprehensive analysis of simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in bitter gourd, including a comparison with the three aforementioned cucurbit species, has not yet been published. We identified a total of 188,091 and 167,160 SSR motifs in the genomes of the bitter gourd lines ‘Dali-11’ and ‘OHB3-1,’ respectively. The SSR content, motif lengths, and classified motif types were characterized for the bitter gourd genomes and compared among all the cucurbit genomes.

2017-06-29T06:14:57+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, JULY2017, Recent Research|Tags: , |

WorldVeg and partners fight pests and diseases in the Pacific

WorldVeg Postdoc in Plant Pathology Marti Pottorff from WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia/Oceania and Project Coordinator Ellen Iramu from the Solomon Islands recently visited Fiji for discussions and training under the auspices of the project “Strengthening Integrated Crop Management (ICM) Research in the Pacific Islands in Support of Sustainable Intensification of High-Value Crop Production.” -- MORE --

2017-04-24T05:06:00+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Articles, East and Southeast Asia, Oceania|Tags: , , , |

Agri-Food seminar celebrates college anniversary

Fenton Beed, WorldVeg Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia/Oceania, provided an overview of WorldVeg activities including advances in postharvest management as part of an Agri-Food seminar on "Innovation for sustainability: What can the Philippine-Netherlands partnership contribute?" on 10 March 2017 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Philippines. -- MORE --

2017-04-24T09:07:34+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Articles, East and Southeast Asia|Tags: , |

Partnership with HRDI to scale improved cucurbit lines

The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI), Thailand, a WorldVeg partner, hosted a 'Transfer of Technology' event in Huay Kayeang, Kanchanaburi Province on 15 March 2017 to showcase the superior performance of WorldVeg cucurbit lines to more than 300 farmers, who viewed the demonstration plots and sampled pumpkin fruit and other pumpkin treats. -- MORE --

2017-04-25T08:55:38+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Articles, East and Southeast Asia|Tags: , , , , , |

Understanding gender and power relations in home garden activities

How does home gardening fit into women's and men’s livelihood aspirations? Can home gardens address the nutritional deficiencies of household members in ways that empower women? Do men and women differ in their perceptions of the nutritional status of children? This study, undertaken as part of a collaboration between the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), aims to answer these questions and inform home garden scaling-up strategies, implementation processes, monitoring and evaluation.

2017-04-25T05:46:13+00:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, Recent Research|Tags: |