Introduction and Benefits

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.

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 (chili and sweet), cucurbits (bitter gourd and pumpkin/winter squash), and explore traditional vegetables (amaranth and okra) as determined by Consortium Companies’ interest.

Consortium timeline:


Benefits for Consortium Members Include:

1. Professional interaction at the Annual Workshop at the World Vegetable Center

All APSA-WorldVeg 2021 consortium companies are eligible to join the annual workshop and the field day to view the field demonstration trials of consortium exclusive lines. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, APSA-WorldVeg has decided to change the face-to-face annual workshop in Tainan to be a video conference on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  The field day will be held in May 2022 in Bangalore, India. An entrance fee will be charged separately.  

Please find more details as following:

  WorldVeg will offer a video conference on May 11th  to provide updates on focus crops' breeding progress and special project ideas. A meeting link will be provided to you. 

  WorldVeg will also offer an online one-on-one chats for consortium company participants to chat/discuss with WorldVeg breeders on 12-13 May, by prior request.

  The images and characteristics data of 2021 consortium exclusive breeding lines will be shared with all consortium members so you will be able to select the lines and file the seed request to utilize the 10 free seed acquisitions benefit. 

  The seeds of exclusive lines will be available for request on July 1, 2021. 

  WorldVeg will share all related information and video conference schedule in early May.


2. Early access to improved lines and information

BETTER BENEFIT: Consortium Companies will be granted a 24-month lead access to newly-developed lines shown at the annual workshop.  The 24-month lead access period will run from 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2023 (“Lead Access Period”). Consortium Companies who request the newly-developed lines at later dates will not be able to extend the Lead Access Period.

The lead access to newly-developed lines 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 for use outside of Asia.

In addition, Consortium members will be able to view 2021 exclusive lines from the demonstration trials held in India in May 2022

WorldVeg cannot warrant or guarantee the receipt of seeds by Consortium Companies within a certain timeframe after dispatch or at all due to import laws and requirements in the country where Consortium Companies are located, which WorldVeg has no control over. Consortium Companies are required to advise WorldVeg in advance regarding specific requirements for importation of seeds into its territory. Both DSIR and Non-DSIR (Department of Scientific Industrial Research) accredited companies in India are responsible for all seed importation requirements and WorldVeg will not provide any services related to seed importation into India.

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 softcopy of the WorldVeg’s Annual Report.

4. Seed

Consortium Companies can request as many WorldVeg genebank germplasm accessions, consortium exclusive lines or breeding lines from the WorldVeg online seed catalog as they want, subject to seed availability and phytosanitary clearance; however, only the first 10 lines are free of charge. If companies request more than 10 lines, each additional line will be charged processing and shipping fees (US$30 for each additional genebank accession; US$50 for each additional breeding line). No matter how many lines are requested, the first shipping cost will be covered by WorldVeg. Consortium Companies will cover the shipping cost of additional shipments if they request using a courier service (e.g. DHL, EMS) rather than regular registered airmail. The seeds can be sent by WorldVeg to a maximum of two different addresses which are stated in the Consortium registration form (page 1) by Consortium Companies.


Transfer of any genebank germplasm accessions and/or WorldVeg-improved genetic materials from WorldVeg to member companies shall follow WorldVeg’s material transfer agreements (Standard MTA for genebank germplasm accessions and MTA2 for WorldVeg-developed genetic material).

Find more details for improved vegetable lines from WorldVeg online catalog HERE

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.

6. Participate in special projects

Consortium Companies are eligible to develop and participate in special collaborative projects with WorldVeg, subject to additional collaboration costs paid by Consortium Companies to WorldVeg. These projects will be made available to Consortium Companies to participate. Opportunities to participate in selected collaborative projects will be promoted by APSA to all its members from time-to-time.



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 Companies 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.

• Annual report on varieties sold that have WorldVeg germplasm in their pedigree, the WorldVeg-developed traits these varieties harbour, and the quantity of seed sold (in metric tons per variety per year). Consortium Companies are asked to enter data annually. The aggregated results from analyzing these data will be used in WorldVeg’s efforts to raise funds from donors. Seed companies will not be asked to reveal the pedigree of their varieties, and all data will be kept strictly confidential.

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

Medium/Large Companies (more than 100 employees) ………….US$6600.00 per annum in 2021
Small/start-up Companies (less than 100 employees) …………….US$2600.00 per annum in 2021

Consortium fees are non-refundable. The Consortium term is from January 1 to December 31. All 2021 APSA-WorldVeg vegetable breeding consortium companies are eligible to attend virtual workshop on 11 May 2021 and participate the field day in India to be held in May 2022. The virtual workshop is free by prior registration and an entrance fee of field day will be charged separately, fees to be announced later.  

Consortium membership is open to all APSA members in good standing and can join at any time during the year but must pay the entire fee for that term.

How to register:

Registration is now open.

For manual registration, please contact Ms. Xiaofeng Li at 

Payment can be made starting in January 2021.

The deadline for online workshop registration is on April 30, 2021.

APSA member status

Procedure to become
APSA-WorldVeg Consortium 

Consortium annual workshop registration

Other benefits (Germplasm access, training, seeds and updating on breeding program)

Active APSA member

For manual registration, please contact Ms. Xiaofeng Li at

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, APSA-WorldVeg has decided to change the face-to-face annual workshop in Tainan to be a video conference on 11th May 2021.

All APSA-WorldVeg 2021 Consortium Companies are eligible to join the field day in India to be held in May/June 2022. An entrance fee will be charged separately.

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