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.

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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.

As advances in biotechnology and genomics accelerate the pace of vegetable cultivar development, seed companies of all sizes must have a robust understanding of the latest vegetable breeding research, the practical skills to apply new breeding methods, and access to a diverse collection of vegetable germplasm to remain competitive in turbulent markets.

Through the APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium, participating companies and WorldVeg researchers will have multiple opportunities to discuss and evaluate breeding approaches and discover new avenues to share data and progress, creating a win-win situation. The Consortium will initially focus on tomato, pepper and cucurbits, but could broaden its scope to other crops later.

Benefits for Consortium Members Include:

  1. Annual Workshop at the World Vegetable Center

Come to the source! At the Annual Workshop—an event held exclusively for consortium companies—WorldVeg researchers will demonstrate new outputs of the Center’s vegetable improvement program and discuss results obtained by consortium members who test WorldVeg breeding lines at their field sites using WorldVeg experimental protocols.

During the workshop, consortium members can:

  • actively participate in scientific presentations about ongoing WorldVeg research
  • review selected field trials of improved breeding material, subject to weather and field conditions

Each workshop will last two consecutive days and be held at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. Dates and format of workshops will be decided annually by WorldVeg in consultation with consortium members. Participants will have the opportunity to hold discussions in groups or individually by appointment with WorldVeg scientists during, the day before, or the day after workshops.

WorldVeg will offer free workshop participation to one representative from each consortium company (includes lodging, meals, workshop materials, coffee breaks, and transportation to/from Kaohsiung International Airport, Kaohsiung, or Tainan High Speed Rail Station). All workshop participants must cover their transportation costs to reach the workshop vicinity (the above locations in Kaohsiung or Tainan, Taiwan)

       2. Early access to improved lines and information

Consortium Companies will be granted approximately a 12-month lead access to newly-developed lines shown at the annual workshop. This lead access will be granted to Consortium Companies relative to all other germplasm requesters who are located in Asia. WorldVeg shall be free to distribute this germplasm at any time outside of Asia. These lines will be immediately available after the workshop.

Publicly available germplasm will also be shown at the workshop and Consortium members will have the same access as the general public to these lines; some of these lines are already available on WorldVeg’s ‘online seed catalog’ (https://avrdc.org/seed/improved-lines/). All of this germplasm will also be immediately available after the workshop.

In addition, Consortium members will be able to view preliminary yield trials (“PYT”), an advanced testing stage from which WorldVeg selects entries for its ‘online seed catalog’, or similar demonstration trials. Selected PYT/demonstration entries may become available by the time of the following workshop, but WorldVeg cannot guarantee when each line will become available.

Consortium members may have early access to screening protocols or other kinds of scientific information developed at WorldVeg, provided the sharing of such information does not conflict with existing agreements or policies of WorldVeg.

3. Updates on breeding progress at WorldVeg

Consortium members will receive a newsletter highlighting the latest developments of WorldVeg breeding efforts once a year, approximately six months after the workshop. Other news and information of potential interest to members will be sent throughout the year. Expect exposure to new relevant literature about germplasm screening, breeding methods, and WorldVeg breeding lines. You’ll also receive a copy of the Center’s Annual Report.

      4. Seed

Consortium companies can request ten free seed acquisitions per year from WorldVeg, subject to seed availability and phytosanitary clearance of requested accessions/lines.

      5. Training

Staff from consortium companies receive preferential access and a 20% discount on tuition for WorldVeg-offered training. This benefit extends to all employees of a consortium company.


It’s a partnership

The APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium is a partnership and WorldVeg greatly values key information from Consortium companies to make its breeding programs more relevant to growers. Consortium members are expected to provide:

  • Regular feedback from evaluation trials of improved breeding lines. WorldVeg scientists will specify the traits to be monitored and provide experimental protocols.
  • Feedback on trait development that consortium companies would like WorldVeg breeding programs to pursue.
  • Data on annual seed sales (in metric tons per variety per year) and information on which traits from WorldVeg were used for each variety. These data will be kept strictly confidential and only selected WorldVeg scientists will have access to it. Consortium companies will be requested to enter it online. The aggregated results from analyzing these data will be used in WorldVeg’s efforts to raise funds from donors.

Join the APSA-WorldVeg Consortium!

Ready to take your company to the next level? Join the APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium and discover how exposure to the latest research and closer contact with international breeders and scientists will change the way you do breeding and business.

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. The Consortium term is January 1 to December 31.

Consortium membership is open to all APSA members in good standing.

For registration, please follow this link.

The deadline for workshop registration is on 30 April, 2018.

APSA member status

Procedure to become APSA-World Veg consortium           WorldVeg Workshop registration Other benefits (Germplasm access, training, seeds and updating on breeding program)
Active APSA member Contact voting rep by cc plant breeder contact and

  • Able to register through the link or sharing the information of consortium participant to APSA secretariat for registration.
  1. The representative for consortium must be from the same country and able to join the workshop for free.
  2. Additional participants can be added only by the voting rep of the APSA member company. And the invoices are issued to voting rep for workshop participation.
  3. In case the additional participants are from different countries, the germplasm access is limited to only the membership’s country under this program (the seeds are going to be sent only to the consortium membership’s address).


Only the consortium member that has been registered under APSA-WorldVeg consortium is eligible for all membership benefits.
Pending renewal APSA member

Contact voting rep by cc plant breeder contact;

  • Renew APSA membership
  • Able to register through the link or sharing the information of consortium participant to APSA secretariat for registration.


For more information, please Contact the secretariat office, Download Consortium workshop brochure.