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Going to seed
At the recent 2018 African Seed Trade Association Congress in Cairo, a WorldVeg team finds like-minded companies ready to expand seed choices and increase seed quality for Africa’s farmers
Seed is the essential agricultural input—and the World Vegetable Center is committed to ensuring Africa’s farmers have access to seed of varieties that can tolerate heat, drought, and flooding, resist pests and diseases, and produce good yields of nutritious and tasty vegetables.
Visitors to the WorldVeg office in Benin find vegetable crops thriving in the Demonstration Garden.
HAVE YOU READ…
- Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
Vegetable Value Chains in the Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta of Myanmar (March 2018). A report on a scoping study conducted in Magway, Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar to determine the needs of smallholder farmers and traders relating to vegetable production, postharvest handling and consumption.
Vegetable Nursery and Tomato Seedling Management Guide (January 2018) The production of good quality seedlings is essential for higher yields and improved crop quality. This well-illustrated manual explains the process.
Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables (September 2017) This groundbreaking review by Pepijn Schreinemachers, Emmy B. Simmons, and Marco Wopereis points to the urgent need for greater public and private investment in vegetable crop research. Global Food Security, 4 September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.09.005
Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development (June 2017) by Marc Shut et al. This publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can — and cannot — do.
WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS
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.
Agbessenou, A.; Tounou, A.K.; Dannon, E.A.; Datinon, B.; Agboton, C.; Srinivasan, R.; Pittendrigh, B.R.; Tamò, M. 2018. Influence of rearing substrates and nontarget hosts on the bionomics of the tachinid parasitoid Nemorilla maculosa (Diptera: Tachinidae). ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 47(2):356-363. PDF
Tata Ngome, P.I.; Afari-Sefa, V.; Ntsomboh-Ntsefong, G.; Okolle, J.; Billa, S.F.; Moma, C.; Atemkeng Fonji, M.; Ngome, A.F. 2018. Investigating strategies for sustainable vegetable food crop system in three agro ecological zones of the humid tropics area of Cameroon. AFRICAN STUDY MONOGRAPHS. 39(1):27-46. PDF
Saidov, N.; Srinivasan, R.; Mavlyanova, R.; Qurbonov, Z. 2018. First report of invasive South American tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Tajikistan. FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGIST. 101(1):147-149. PDF
Srinivasan, R.; Malini, P.; Othim, S.T.O. 2018. Fall armyworm in Africa: which ‘race’ is in the race, and why does it matter? CURRENT SCIENCE. 114(1):27-28. PDF
Chang, J.C.; Srinivasan, R. 2018. Transcriptome analysis in the beet webworm, Spoladea recurvalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). INSECT SCIENCE. 25(1):33-44. PDF
Dhillon, N.P.S.; Sanguansil, S.; Srimat, S.; Schafleitner, R.; Manjunath, B.; Agarwal, P.; Xiang, Q.; Mohammed A.M.; Myint, T.; Hanh, N.T.; Cuong, T.K.; Balatero, C.H.; Salutan-Bautista, V.; Pitrat, M.; Lebeda, A.; McCreight, J.D. 2018. Cucurbit powdery mildew-resistant bitter gourd breeding lines reveal four races of Podosphaera xanthii in Asia. HORTSCIENCE. 53(3):337-341. PDF
van Zonneveld, M.; Larranaga, N.; Blonder, B.; Coradin, L.; Hormaza, J.I.; Hunter, D. 2018. Human diets drive range expansion of megafauna-dispersed fruit species. PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Online. PDF
van Zonneveld, M.; Thomas, E.; Castañeda‐Álvarez,, N.P.; Damme, V.V.; Alcazar, C.; Loo, J.; Scheldeman, X. 2018. Tree genetic resources at risk in South America: A spatial threat assessment to prioritize populations for conservation. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. Online. PDF
Kansiime, M.K.; Karanja, D.K.; Alokit, C.; Ochieng, J. 2018. Derived demand for African indigenous vegetable seed: implications for farmer-seed entrepreneurship development. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT REVIEW. Online. PDF
Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF
Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF
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.
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.
Bola Amoke Awotide, Derek Barchenger, Kathy Chen, Warwick Easdown, Judith Honfoga, David Johnson, Regine Kamga, Mei-ying Lin, Vanna Liu, Hassan Mdinga, Kabirou Ndiaye, Justus Ocheing, Paola Sotelo, Maarten van Zonneveld
Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following strategic long-term donors:
- Republic of China (ROC)
- UK aid
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)