Success in Tackling Tuta in India — Delivering Nutrition Messages in Kenya — Importance of Drought-tolerant Mungbean
Big hairy tomatoes!
A new World Vegetable Center tomato with strong natural defenses against several common pests could affect global production of this popular crop
When World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) tomato breeders Mohamed Rakha and Peter Hanson found one of their crosses resulted in a hairy vined, pest-resistant tomato plant that produced big, good-tasting fruit in the first generation—a very early stage in the long, meticulous process of plant breeding—they could barely believe their good fortune.
Traditional vegetables once provided a large proportion of the daily protein, vitamin and mineral intake in Papua New Guinea. As the country becomes integrated with the global economy, however, people are consuming more imported processed foods and are eating more meat. Groups in PNG are working to promote consumption of traditional crops to improve nutrition and health. --MORE--
At the request of the Bangladesh seed industry and with financial support from seed companies, WorldVeg South Asia organized a three-day training course on “Maintaining Seed Quality” from 16 - 18 January 2017 at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) in Gazipur. --MORE--
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--
Young VINESA farmers learn enhanced crop management practices, how to diversify production, and ways to improve value chain effectiveness to increase their market returns. --MORE--
The Horticulture Innovation Lab, Kasetsart University, and WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia in Thailand hosted a vegetable grafting workshop on 22-23 February 2017 for 30 participants from the private seed and nursery sector from Thailand, Cambodia, India, and Lao PDR. --MORE--
WorldVeg will work on five morphological characterization datasets and one resistance evaluation dataset, which represent significant information relevant for breeding and other research.
This research study seeks to understand the impact of low-cost cooling and storage solutions in helping farmers reduce postharvest losses for vegetables.
Enable a sustainable increase in incomes of smallholder tribal farmers in CInI target areas by diversifying into or expanding vegetable production.
Early staminate flowering monoecious lines have potential as pollenizers for gynoecious hybrid bitter gourd cultivars
This study evaluated a diverse collection of bitter gourd germplasm to identify early staminate flowering monoecious lines for blending with predominantly gynoecious hybrids or gynoecious open pollinated cultivars to provide the pollen necessary for fruit set.
As part of dynamic livelihood coping strategies, some farmers in Ghana’s cocoa belt have diversified away from traditional cocoa production to other high-value crops including vegetables, to the extent of diversifying within vegetables. This study assessed the extent of diversification of vegetables among farmers in Ghana’s cocoa belt and determined the factors that explain the variability in the diversification indices.
Households in rural Kenya are sensitive to weather shocks through their reliance on rain-fed agriculture and livestock. The extent of vulnerability is poorly understood, particularly in reference to extreme weather. This paper uses temporally and spatially disaggregated weather data and three waves of household panel survey data to understand the impact of weather extremes on household welfare.
Peas (Pisum sativum L.) and other grain legumes or rapeseed meal (Brassica napus L. subsp. oliefera) are potential sources of protein. These are also good rotation crops. For farmers, protein and yield are key traits. In this study, a dataset containing 37 descriptors and 1222 accessions from a germplasm collection of P. sativum was analyzed.
WorldVeg HQ bid farewell to Plant Pathologist Rishi Burlakoti, who is pursuing new opportunities with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. His research there will focus on diseases of key high value horticultural crops including small fruits, field and greenhouse vegetables in Fraser Valley areas of British Columbia. Best of luck, Rishi!
Leonard Taylor is an undergraduate biology student from the University of Bath, UK, currently interning at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station on Kasetsart University’s Kamphaeng Saen campus, Thailand.
Thibault Nordey joined the WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa team on 1 March 2017 for a two-year secondment from CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development).
Ponnam Naresh joined WorldVeg HQ on 23 January 2017 as a Visiting Scientist to work in pepper breeding and biotechnology.
Mansab Ali, Fenton Beed, PVL Bharathi, Hanumantha Rao Bindumadhava, Amy Chen, Kathy Chen, Willie Chen, Thomas Dubois, Warwick Easdown, Roman Fortunatus, Peter Hanson, Nadine Kwazi, Sorawit Limsiriwat, Vanna Liu, John Macharia, Adrienne Mak, Roseline Marealle, Arshad Pal, Marti Potorff, Mohamed Rakha, Svein Solberg, Tsvetelina Stoilova
Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following core donors:
- Republic of China (ROC)
- UK aid
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)