From disease-resistant tomato to high-performance chili, WorldVeg is the source for improved vegetables in India.
Alyssa Swehla, a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern from Iowa State University, USA, worked on a research project this summer at the World Vegetable Center South Asia to find an effective biological control agent against dry root rot in mungbean.
Although many smallholder farmers in India raise their own seedlings, there has been a gradual move toward purchasing seedlings from commercial nurseries, where plants can be grown in protected conditions. WorldVeg brought nursery industry representatives together to develop best practices for seedling production. --MORE--
Priyakshi Buragohain has been accepted as PhD graduate student for 30 months (1 April 2017 - 30 September 2019) at WorldVeg South Asia in Hyderabad, India.
Karthikeyan joined WorldVeg as a Scientific Officer - Legume Breeding on 3 May 2017 and is based at the South Asia office in Hyderabad, India.
In Odisha in eastern India onions are usually grown during the dry winter or Rabi season. The World Vegetable Center has now created a profitable new alternative for farmers by promoting onion production during the wet summer or Kharif season, a practice that was never considered possible because of waterlogging problems. --MORE--
Rebecca Zwart, Senior Research Fellow (Crop Nemotology) and five members from the Nematology Group, University of Southern Queensland, Australia visited WorldVeg South Asia on 1 February 2017 to learn about the Center's work in screening mungbean lines for resistance to root-lesion nematodes.
Exports of cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables from Jessore, Bangladesh are increasing as farmers use improved postharvest handling methods to protect the quality and freshness of their produce.
Through the USAID Postharvest Project, farmers in Bangladesh have learned simple but effective methods to protect their vegetables after the harvest to retain quality and ensure more of the crop is available to consumers.