Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more!
APSA/WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium: A new chapter in a long relationship
Representatives from 20 seed companies across the region and WorldVeg create a structure for collaboration to address the seed sector's research challenges
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A invasive new pest is devastating crops in Karnataka. WorldVeg staff have found a solution that has the enthusiastic support of farmers and government alike.
Big hairy tomatoes!
With strong natural defenses against several common pests, a tomato bred from wild relatives could provide safer production of one of the world's most popular crops.
This study determined the level of phytonutrients in mungbean and soybean sprouts compared to mature mungbean grain and vegetable soybean. Sprouting mungbean enhanced vitamin C content 2.7-fold compared to mature mungbean grain. The vegetable soybean stage was superior to soybean sprouts in terms of content of protein (14% increase), Zn (45%), Ca (72%), and Fe (151%). Isoflavones, reported to have beneficial effects on human health, are found at high concentrations in soybean sprouts.
The combined effect of school gardens linked to complementary lessons and promotional activities on the eating behavior and nutritional status of 9- to 15-year-old schoolchildren in Bhutan was studied. Data from 468 schoolchildren in 9 control and 9 treatment schools was collected following a randomized controlled trial design. We found that the school gardening intervention significantly increased children’s awareness about vegetables, their knowledge about sustainable agriculture, and their preferences for healthier foods. There was an 11.7-percentage point increase in the probability that children included vegetables in their meals (p < 0.05), but not in the number of different fruits or vegetables consumed.
This study evaluates the combined impact of school gardens linked to complementary lessons and promotional activities about gardening and nutrition on the nutritional awareness, knowledge, perceptions, eating behaviour and nutritional status of 10- to 15-year-old schoolchildren in Nepal. After one year of intervention, we found a significant (p < 0.01) increase in children’s awareness about fruit and vegetables, their knowledge about sustainable agriculture, their knowledge about food, nutrition and health and their stated preferences for eating fruit and vegetables. However, these improvements in intermediary outcomes did not translate into significant improvements in fruit and vegetable consumption or nutritional status.
C. simmondsii is the predominant pathogen causing chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji. Sequence variation of additional housekeeping genes should be adopted to further understand the phylogenetic relationship of Colletotrichum species associated with chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji and those present in the other parts of the world.
Results indicate that tomato production is being done by relatively young married individuals who have at least primary level education. More than 16% of respondents encounter produce losses due to high incidence of diseases, insect pest and mechanical injuries, each of them accounting for more than 20% of postharvest losses.
The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Julie Howard (USA), Prof. Richard Ellis (UK), and Dr. Hsueh-Shih Lin (Taiwan) to the Center’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during the 51st meeting of the board, held from 25-27 April 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. "The scope of experience Drs. Howard, Ellis and Lin have in horticultural research and international development will strengthen the Center's ability to deliver research with impact," said Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General. 'We are grateful for their participation." -- MORE --
To address food and nutrition security over a broader area in West Africa, the World Vegetable Center has established a new regional office for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. Dr. Victor Afari-Sefa, WorldVeg socioeconomist, was appointed as regional director. The announcement was made during the 51st meeting of the World Vegetable Center’s Board of Directors, held from 25-27 April 2017 in Seoul, Korea. “This new office will complement our current base of West Africa operations in Bamako, Mali,” said WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. “The Mali office will focus on dry regions of West Africa, with current activities in Mali and Liberia. The Cotonou office will work in coastal and humid regions of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and other countries where there are good opportunities to develop the horticultural sector.” Dr. Afari-Sefa has extensive experience in performance monitoring and impact assessment of horticultural value chains on smallholder livelihoods. His research focuses on assessing opportunities and challenges in vegetable production systems, analyzing constraints in the value chain, and policy in interdisciplinary context. -- MORE --
During the 51st meeting of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the World Vegetable Center, 25-27 April 2017, in Seoul, Korea, Junne-Jih Chen was appointed as the new Chair, effective immediately. Dr. Chen is Director General of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute. The Board also approved the appointment of Masa Iwanaga, President, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), as the Vice-Chair as of 8 December 2017. Up to December 8, David Sammons, Dean of the International Center, University of Florida will continue to function as the Center’s Vice-Chair. Cathy Reade, Director, Public Affairs and Communication Crawford Fund will take over as Chair of the Nomination Committee and Gordon MacNeil, President, XCG Consulting, Inc. as Chair of the Audit Committee. Marlis Lindecke, Senior Programme Manager, Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) continues to function as the Chair of the Program Committee.
In partnership with MIT D-Lab, the World Vegetable Center, and Mercy Corps, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will evaluate vegetable storage technologies in Mali designed to function without the use of electricity where power is either not accessible or not affordable. Effective technologies will be able to prevent additional food loss and strengthen the supply chain for perishable foods, working to improve both the incomes of farmers and the food security of rural areas.
CITE will focus on measuring the technical capabilities of these storage receptacles through sensor data, as well as conducting interviews and examining the cost effectiveness of each option. CITE evaluates products through extensive lab and field testing, producing reports intended to help facilitate data-driven decision-making in global development. -- MORE --
The World Vegetable Center Genebank maintains a large collection of public domain germplasm for the current and future use of all humankind. We distribute seed samples of our germplasm accessions and advanced breeding lines worldwide. Genebank holdings as of 1 May 2017:
2016 Annual Report (May 2017) Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more.