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RECENT VISITORS

31 January 2019: A 4-person delegation from National Health Research Institutes (NHRI), Taiwan led by Ing-Ming Chiu, Distinguished Investigator, Regenerative Medicine Research, visited WorldVeg HQ to learn about the Center’s research activities and facilities, especially our current breeding research. (Left to right): Ing-Ming Chiu, Distinguished Investigator, Regenerative Medicine Research, NHRI, Taiwan; Teresa Liang, WorldVeg Manager – Scientific Events and Training Courses; Mrs. Mei-Ching Chiu; Katherine Chiu, Hudson River Valley Farm, Poughkeepsie, New York; and Abe Young, Family Practice Physician, New York.

4 March 2019: Luhan Isaac Siman, Agronomist and Research & Product Development Assistant and Luis Gustavo de Souza, Agronomist and Product Development Coordinator from Feltrin Seeds, Brazil visited WorldVeg again after visiting the Center last February to discuss newly developed blocky and bell sweet pepper inbred lines with Pepper breeders Sanjeet Kumar and Derek Barchenger. They also received briefings on WorldVeg breeding consortia currently operational for private seed companies in Asia from Mandy Lin, Manager – Private Sector Relations, and in Africa from Teresa Liang, WorldVeg Manager – Scientific Events and Training Courses.

11 March 2019: Professor Stanton Bruce Gelvin and his wife Dr. Lan-Ying Lee from Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, USA visited WorldVeg HQ and toured the Demo Garden and Genebank.

13 March 2019: A 7-reporter delegation of “New Southbound Policy to-Target Country Reporter Group” organized and accompanied by S.J. Hsiao, Foreign Affairs Service Division, Department of International Communication, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited WorldVeg HQ.

29 March 2019: 21 International students from 9 countries (Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, Japan, Kingdom of Eswatini, Korea, Tanzania, and Uganda) led by Professor Hui-Dun Chuang from Chang Jung Christian University visited WorldVeg HQ. They toured the Vegetable Demonstration Garden and Genebank.

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26-27 February 2019: Bastiaan Schoenmaker from Bakker Brothers Seed Company, the Netherlands met with WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis, Vegetable Breeder Mohamed Rakha, Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld, Pepper Breeder Sanjeet Kumar and Derek Barchenger, and Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement and Head – Molecular Genetics Roland Schafleitner. Mr. Schoenmaker observed WorldVeg’s insect resistant materials and discussed results obtained from the Center’s experiments in Africa and Asia with scientists and toured the Genebank to discuss African crops.

8 March 2019: 30 US high school students accompanied by 5 teachers from National Shanhua High School visited WorldVeg HQ. The group was participating in the “American High School Chinese Language Learning program (NSLI-Y)” in Taiwan.

13 March 2019: Jennifer Tepper (right), Director of Development and Communications, Trees for the Future visited WorldVeg HQ. Ms. Tepper met David Johnson, WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Research to discuss opportunities for collaboration and tour the Demo Garden and Genebank.

14 March 2019: An eight-student and two-professor delegation from the University of Idaho, USA organized by National Chiayi University (NCYU), Taiwan visited WorldVeg HQ and toured the Demo Garden. The group was accompanied by Yo-Chi Tsai, Coordinator, Office of International Affairs, NCYU.

2 April 2019: Coco Song, Business Development APAC of Fluence Bioengineering visited WorldVeg HQ. She held discussions with WorldVeg Deputy Director General-Research David Johnson, Assistant to DDG-R Kartini Luther, Head of Molecular Genetics Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement Roland Schafleitner, Vegetable Breeder Mohamed Rakha, Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld, Vegetable Breeder Sanjeet Kumar, Pepper Breeder Derek Barchenger, Flagship Program Leader for Safe and Sustainable Value Chains & Lead Entomologist Srini Ramasamy, Scientist-Entomology Paola Sotelo-Cardona, Lead Specialist Plant Pathology/Virology Lawrence Kenyon and Nutritionist Ray-yu Yang. Coco shared a seminar on “How Does LED Lighting Interact with Plant Biology?