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.
Pakistan has annual rainfall of only 260 mm—an ideal area for producing onion seed. Yet onion growers in Balochistan often have difficulty obtaining good quality seed. WorldVeg is addressing the need. -- MORE --
Twelve Taiwan seed companies met with World Vegetable Center staff and members of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association on 3 October 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters to seek out areas for collaboration. WorldVeg staff learned about the research priorities of Taiwan seed companies, and seed companies were introduced to the Center's vital role in international agriculture, particularly in Africa and other parts of Asia. The forum aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing, opportunities for regional field trials, and transfer of the Center's research products to Taiwan vegetable producers.
The World Vegetable Center Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania maintains Africa's largest vegetable seed collection. Take a look inside the Seed Repository with manager Tsvetelina Stoilova and meet other WorldVeg researchers working to conserve, characterize and share the diversity of African vegetables to safeguard the continent's food and nutrition security.
Ideas for collaboration germinated when representatives from eight seed companies—all members of the Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)—and World Vegetable Center staff met for a roundtable discussion on 26 July 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan.
Crop breeding research by international agricultural research centers usually serves public sector crop breeding, but does it still have a role when research and development have shifted to the private sector? This paper explores this question for vegetables in India using data from 27 private companies and 9 public organizations.
Institutes from around the world made deposits to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, marking another step forward in the fight to ensure future global food security. More than 8,000 varieties of crops from Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, and the World Vegetable Center arrived at the Vault, located on a remote Norwegian archipelago, to be stored deep within the permafrost.
Farmers’ access to quality vegetable seeds is a critical bottleneck in most communities, while enabling government policies to facilitate the establishment of an efficient vegetable seed supply and distribution systems are lacking.
The Center hosted a symposium about vegetable seed systems during this seminal event for seed in Africa.
AVRDC is strengthening seed security in Papua New Guinea and enhancing availability of good quality seed of traditional vegetable crops, produced by the farmers themselves.