29 March 2018: Grace Ju Miller, Professor of Biology, Division of Natural Sciences of Indiana Wesleyan University, USA accompanied by Ruey-Hua Lee from Institute of Tropical Plant Sciences, National Cheng-Kung University at the genebank.
16-19 April 2018: Dr. Taryono (center), Head of Centre for Agrotechnology Innovation, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia visited WorldVeg HQ to hold discussions with Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement and Head of Molecular Genetics Roland Schafleitner, Vegetable Breeder Mohammed Rakha, Pepper Breeders Sanjeet Kumar (left) and Derek Barchenger (right), and Plant Breeder Peter Hanson. Dr. Taryono shared a presentation to WorldVeg staff on “The future strategy of Agrotechnology Innovation Centre of Universitas Gadjah Mada (AIC-UGM).”
23 April 2018: A group of 40 students led by Professor Kuan-Hung Lin from the Department of Horticulture and Biotechnology, China Culture University, Taiwan visited the Demonstration Garden.
27 April 2018: Professor Xiangming Xu, Head of Pest and Pathogen Ecology Department NIAB East Malling Research (NIAB EMR), UK visited WorldVeg HQ, took a tour of the genebank with Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld, and gave a seminar to WorldVeg staff on “How random is fungal sexual reproduction?” He met WorldVeg Plant Pathologists Lawrence Kenyon, Sophia Chan, Jaw-rong Chen, Zong-ming Sheu, and Chien-hua Chen, Lead Entomologist & Flagship Program Leader for Safe and Sustainable Value Chains Srinivasan Ramasamy, Entomologist Paola Sotelo-Cardona, Scientist – Vegetable Grafting Ravishankar Manickam, Pepper Breeders Sanjeet Kumar, Derek Barchenger, Tomato Breeders Peter Hanson, and Mohamed Rakha.
2-4 May 2018: Vimal Chawda (right), Managing Director and Parag Agarwal, R & D Lead (Vegetable Crops), VNR Seeds Private Limited, India discussed future cooperation on breeding research work with Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement and Head of Molecular Genetics Roland Schafleitner, Plant Breeder Peter Hanson, Deputy Director General – Research David Johnson, Vegetable Breeder Mohammed Rakha, Scientist – Vegetable Grafting Ravishankar Manickam, Pepper Breeders Sanjeet Kumar and Derek Barchenger, Plant Pathologists Lawrence Kenyon, Sophia Chan, Jaw-rong Chen, Zong-ming Sheu and Wallace Chen.
11 May 2018: Jay Bost, Senior Farm Coach of Go Farm Hawaii New Farmer Training Program, University of Hawaii, USA chats with Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld. He gave a seminar on “New farmer training programs and the regional seed movement in the United States: examples from Hawaii.”
29 May 2018: (left to right) Professor Shuang Wu, Vice Dean of Horticulture College, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, PRC visited WorldVeg HQ. Professor Wu was accompanied by researchers Ming-Jung Liu from Academia Sinica Biotechnology Center in Southern Taiwan (ASBCST) and Chih-Bin Chiang from the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center (ABRC), Academia Sinica. They exchanged information with WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Administration and Services Yin-Fu Chang, vegetable breeders Mohamed Rakha, Sanjeet Kumar and Ruby Hsiao.
1 June 2018: Members of the ROC Control Yuan’s Financial and Economic Affairs Committee in the Demonstration Garden. The 14 members were accompanied by Chung-Hsiu Hung, Director, Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture (COA), and officials from COA and Control Yuan.
5 June 2018: A group of seven students with two teachers and a parent from Nanke High School’s Advanced Placement Environment Science class (equivalent to college-level courses) met WorldVeg entomology researcher Mei-ying Lin to tour the insectary, genebank researcher Yung-Kuang Huang to tour the genebank, and Vegetable Grafting Scientist Ravishankar Manickam, who demonstrated vegetable grafting.