|In Brief

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

New WorldVeg office for Korea

A Memorandum of Arrangement between the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, Rural Development Administration (RDA-NIHHS), Republic of Korea and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) regarding the establishment and operation of a WorldVeg - Korea Office was signed by NIHHS Director General Hwang Jeong Hwan and WorldVeg DG Marco Wopereis on 21 January 2019. NIHHS is committed to developing a variety of horticultural and herbal crops, production technologies and added value creation, based on the convergence of information and communication technology and biotechnology.

2019-01-25T07:55:29+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, JAN2019|Tags: |

New variety for Africa

Using WorldVeg tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato variety ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for the African market. ‘Jarrah’ has good vigor and canopy color, and produces firm fruit with uniform color, weighing 80-100 g. The variety is resistant to Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). ‘Jarrah’ is another example of how WorldVeg germplasm, breeding consortia, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers!
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium -- APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium

2019-01-25T09:37:39+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, JAN2019|Tags: , |

New members appointed to World Vegetable Center Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Ms. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli to the Center’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during the 54th meeting of the board, held from 26-29 November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. "Their scope of experience in shaping Africa's agricultural strategy and policy will strengthen the Center’s ability to deliver research with impact,” said Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General. "We are fortunate to have these dynamic and forward-thinking women to advise us on our strategy and activities."

2019-01-25T07:52:30+00:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles, In Brief, JAN2019|Tags: |

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.

2018-10-22T01:09:58+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: , |