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VISITORS: Oct – Nov – Dec 2017

25 October 2017: 43 students from National Tainan First Senior High School (TNFSH) at WorldVeg HQ.

2 November 2017: 12 visitors led by Chao Bing, Vice President, Hainan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, PRC visit WorldVeg HQ.

6-10 November 2017: Muryanto (right), Biotech Lab Manager, East-West Seed, Indonesia, visited the Center to discuss the possibility of future cooperation on molecular breeding. With Yung-kuang Huang, WorldVeg Genebank scientist.

10 November 2017: 46 international students from 13 countries led by Chifumi Takagi, Assistant Professor, International Master’s Program of Agriculture from National Chung Hsing University, visited WorldVeg HQ to tour the Demonstration Garden and Genebank.

14 November 2017: Ming-Che Shih (left), Distinguished Research Fellow and Secretary General of Academia Sinica, Taiwan visited WorldVeg HQ with Zhengbiao Yang, professor of the Center for Plant Cell Biology, Institute of Integrated Genome Biology, and Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, and Chizuko Yamamuro, Fujian A&F University’s Outstanding Scientists Recruitment Project from the People’s Republic of China to discuss future cooperation with the Center. Ming-Che Shih (left), with Yung-kuang Huang, WorldVeg Genebank scientist.

15-24 November 2017: Aditya Pratap, Principal Scientist of the Crop Improvement Division of the ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, India exchanged information and research results with WorldVeg scientists and gave a seminar on “Mungbean Improvement Programme in India.”

17 November 2017: Irene Chou, reporter and a cameraman from TVBS Channel, Taiwan visit WorldVeg HQ to film a TV news program – “Flip the World,” which was broadcast on 26 November 2017.

22 November 2017: 60 teachers from Dacheng Primary School, Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan visited WorldVeg HQ for a tour of the Demonstration Garden with Shiu-luan Lu.

21-22 November 2017: Gert-Jan de Boer (left), Manager Research and Applications Biotechnology Research Biochemistry/Molecular Bio and Joep van Balen (third from left), Product Development Manager Asia, Enza Zaden Seed Company, met with WorldVeg Plant Breeder Peter Hanson (second from left), Postdoctoral Scientist Derek Barchenger, Pepper Breeder Sanjeet Kumar (fourth and fifth from left), Vegetable Breeder Mohamed Rakha, Head of Molecular Genetics Roland Schafleitner, and Genebank Manager Marteen van Zonnenfeld (not shown).

24 November 2017: 65 participants from Vietnam Association of Corporate Directors attending the “2017 Agricultural, Industrial Trade Investment Cooperation and Exchange between Vietnam and Taiwan” organized by Tainan City Government enjoyed a visit to the WorldVeg Vegetable Demonstration Garden with Shiu-luan Lu (right).

28 November 2017: 25 international students from 10 countries led by Professor Wen-Chi Huang from the Department of Agribusiness Management, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan toured the Demo Garden.

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27 October 2017: Siew-Hoong Chang and Kok-Eng Ooi from Malaysia are accompanied by James Kuo, R&D Manager, Crop Protection, DuPont Taiwan Ltd. at WorldVeg HQ.

3 November 2017: Kenta Shirasawa, Researcher, Department of Plant Genome Research Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Kisarazu, Japan. (left to right) Roland Schafleitner, WorldVeg Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement and Head – Molecular Genetics; Mohamed Rakha, WorldVeg Plant Breeders; Kenta Shirasawa; and David Johnson, WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Research.

8 November 2017: 18 participants attending an agricultural study trip from LECKAT Corporation, Malaysia visited WorldVeg HQ. They receive a tour of the Vegetable Demonstration Garden by Shiu-luan Lu, Visitors Coordinator.

13 November 2017: Narayana Reddy Punyala, Managing Director, Raghupathi Reddy Kotla, Research Director, Ganesh Kothawar, Director (Operations), and Geetha Madhuri Punyala, Chief Operating Officer, from Nu Genes Private Limited, India visited WorldVeg HQ to learn about the Center’s breeding research work from Vicky Cheng, Cucurbit Breeder and Sanjeet Kumar, Pepper Breeder.

16 November 2017: Emmanuelle Platzgummer (right), Deputy Head of Culture Section, in charge of Higher Education and Research, French Office in Taipei accompanied by Ruey-Hua Lee (left) from Institute of Tropical Plant Sciences, National Cheng-Kung University visited WorldVeg HQ. They toured the Vegetable Demonstration Garden WorldVeg Director of Communications Maureen Mecozzi.

20 November 2017: Cécile Desbiez (right), Research Scientist at INRA, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (National Institute of Agronomic Research), Montfavet, France accompanied by Ching-Ming Cheng, Associate Professor, Department of Life Science, Tzu-Chi University in the WorldVeg genebank.

23 November 2017: A 10-person delegation from the U.S. Congress toured the Genebank during a visit organized by the U.S. State and Local Affairs Section, Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Taiwan. They were accompanied by May Lin, Officer, Congressional Liaison Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

22-24 November 2017: Ric de Vos, Researcher, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands gave a seminar to WorldVeg HQ staff on “Metabolomics as a powerful tool in plant research.”

27 November 2017: 13 teachers from National Tainan Chia-Chi Senior High School, Taiwan visit the WorldVeg Vegetable Demonstration Garden and Genebank.

30 November 2017: A 19-person delegation headed by Carlito P. Laurean, Vice President for Research and Extension and Darlyn D. Tagarino, Director for International Relations from Benguet State University, Philippines at WorldVeg HQ. After a briefing and a tour of the Genebank, they held discussions to explore potential opportunities for cooperation with the WorldVeg management team.

10-12 December: Bill Bellotti, Professor and Director Food Systems Program, Global Change Institute, the University of Queensland, Australia met with Center scientists and gave a presentation on “Creating space for smallholder farmer innovation to diversity agriculture, diversity diets and empower women.”