APSA and World Vegetable Center Consortium
Membership in this consortium is offered to APSA members with an interest in plant breeding for the development of improved vegetable varieties. Benefits are provided by the World Vegetable Center and the consortium membership is facilitated by the Asia and Pacific Seed Association.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit international agricultural research and development center whose mission is to alleviate poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through increased production and consumption of nutritious, health-promoting vegetables. WorldVeg carries out its mission by forming research partnerships with government, non-governmental, and private sector organizations in developing and developed countries to conserve and utilize vegetable biodiversity, improve vegetable varieties, and increase production, marketing and consumption.
Benefits for Consortium Members Include:
1. Participation in an annual workshop at a World Vegetable Center
Facility to demonstrate new outputs of its vegetable improvement program and to discuss results obtained by Consortium Companies from testing of WorldVeg breeding lines at their own field sites using experimental protocols provided by WorldVeg. The Vegetable Breeding Consortium shall be officially launched during the first workshop to be organized by WorldVeg in 2017. Participation in the workshops will be restricted to Consortium Companies. WorldVeg will offer free workshop participation to one representative from each Consortium Company; this includes lodging, meals, transportation within Taiwan/Thailand, workshop materials and coffee breaks. All workshop participants must cover their transportation costs to reach the workshop vicinity (international airports in Taiwan and Bangkok, Thailand).
Annual workshops will provide Consortium Companies the opportunity to join scientific presentations about ongoing WorldVeg research and to review selected field trials of improved breeding material, subject to weather and field conditions. Location, dates, and format of workshops will be decided annually by WorldVeg in consultation with Consortium Companies but each workshop will last two consecutive days and be held at WorldVeg HQ in Taiwan or the WorldVeg Regional Center in Thailand.
Additional Benefits for Workshop Participants: Companies in the Consortium will have early access to WorldVeg replicated preliminary yield trials (PYT), an advanced testing stage from which WorldVeg selects entries for its “on-line seed catalog”. PYT entries will not be available through the online seed catalog, enabling Consortium Companies to view a broad array of entries in the field at least six months before the general public would be able to view a selection of these entries eventually retained by WorldVeg on-line. Participants will have the opportunity to hold discussions in groups or by appointment with WorldVeg scientists during, the day before or the day after workshops. Participants may have early access to screening protocols or other kinds of scientific information developed at WorldVeg as long as the sharing of such information does not conflict with existing agreements or policies of WorldVeg.
2. WorldVeg will share news and information of potential interest to Consortium Companies at least one other time (in addition to the workshop) every calendar year; this will include information about new relevant literature in the field of germplasm screening, breeding methodology and WorldVeg breeding lines. This information will be provided through a newsletter to be e-mailed to Consortium Companies.
3. Consortium companies can request ten free seed acquisitions per year from WorldVeg, subject to seed availability and phytosanitary clearance of requested accessions/lines.
4. WorldVeg shall make available its annual report to Consortium Companies.
5. Preferential access and a 20% discount on tuition for WorldVeg-offered training opportunities will be provided to Consortium Companies. This benefit would extend to all of the member companies’ employees.
Each Consortium Company agrees to provide WorldVeg with:
a. Regular feedback from evaluation trials of improved breeding lines. WorldVeg scientists will specify the traits to be monitored and provide experimental protocols.
b. Feedback about which traits Consortium Companies would like to suggest for WorldVeg’s breeding programs; this will be conducted through a survey questionnaire developed by WorldVeg and distributed to Consortium Companies and through discussions in the annual workshops.
c. Data on annual seed sales (in metric tons per variety per year) and information on which traits from WorldVeg were used for each variety. It is understood that for some traits it is possible to say that they came from WorldVeg while for other traits more than one source may have been used, which can then be indicated.
Costs to Join and Consortium Term
The Consortium Term is January 1 to December 31 and is only open to members of APSA in Good Standing.
Large Companies (More than 100 employees)………….US$6900.00 per annum
Small Companies (Less than 100 employees)…………….US$2900.00 per annum
Consortium Fees are non-refundable.