TAINAN, CHINESE TAIPEI: Dozens of new pest- and disease-resistant varieties of tomato, pepper and bitter gourd were demonstrated to Asian seed company reps at a vegetable breeding consortium workshop, held last week in the southern Taiwanese district of Shanhua.
The second annual workshop, held 16-17 May at the World Vegetable Center Headquarters, was attended by members of the APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium, which was launched exclusively for APSA members last year.
Participants represented 32 companies from Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Chinese Tapei.
Among the varieties demonstrated were 17 Preliminary Yield Trials (PYT) tomato lines that have yet to be released commercially.
The first day of the workshop featured several technical sessions in which WorldVeg scientists updated consortium members on breeding progress and breakthroughs.
The second day included tours of trial plots, greenhouses and gene-bank facilities. Breeders also had the chance to interact directly with WorldVeg scientists in private meetings.
In addition to offering consortium members exclusive pre-market access to some of the latest material from WorldVeg, the consortium provides executives and researchers from APSA member companies with a number of opportunities to discuss and evaluate breeding approaches and discover new avenues to share data and progress.
More details about the new varieties, consortium and full coverage from the recent workshop – including quotes, photos, outcomes and insights – will be featured in a report in the upcoming edition of Asian Seed & Planting Material, due for publication in June.
Photos in the following gallery by Kunaporn Phuntunil (Membership Programs Officer, APSA) and Ms. Vanna Liu (Technical Officer, World Vegetable Center). All rights reserved.