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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.

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Opening the door to new research activities: WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis (left) and Mr. Richard Chiu (center) from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center, India.

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Senior Admin Officer Rehana Shaik, Warwick Easdown and Plant Physiologist Hanumantha Rao Bindumadhava soak up the rays from the solar panels on the new addition.