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 who can now tap the knowledge and expertise of an internationally renowned leader in crop research by joining the APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium. Benefits are provided by the World Vegetable Center and the consortium membership is facilitated by the Asia and Pacific Seed Alliance.

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit agricultural research and development institute, aims 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 vegetable production, marketing and consumption.

WHY create a consortium?

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 focus on tomato, pepper (chili and sweet), cucurbits (bitter gourd and pumpkin/winter squash), and explore other vegetables as determined by Consortium members’ interest.

Benefits for Consortium Members Include:

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

Come to the source! At the Annual Workshop—an event held exclusively for Consortium members— 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:

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

A hybrid annual workshop will be held on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, India.

WorldVeg will offer free in-person workshop participation to one representative from each Consortium Company, which includes workshop materials, coffee breaks, lunch & dinner on 10 May 2022 and excludes accommodation; and five free login accounts per each Consortium Company for online attendance. Shuttle bus pick-up & drop-off will be complimentary to all participants staying at hotels within the Yelahanka area, Bengaluru, due to the hotels’ proximity to the workshop venue. All workshop participants must cover their transportation cost to reach the workshop vicinity. Prior registration for either in-person or online attendees is required.

For more details on the APSA-WorldVeg Annual Workshop and how to register, please CLICK HERE

2. Early access to improved lines and information

BETTER BENEFIT: Consortium Companies will be granted a 24-month lead access to 2022 newly-developed lines. The 24-month lead access period will run from 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2024 (“Lead Access Period”). Consortium Companies who request the newly-developed lines at later dates will not be able to extend the Lead Access Period. This lead access will be granted to Consortium Companies relative to all other germplasm requesters located in Asia. WorldVeg shall be free to distribute this germplasm at any time outside of Asia.

Field trials of 2022 exclusive lines will be available for Consortium Companies to view in May 2022 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. Further announcements will be made to all Consortium Companies.

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

Consortium Companies 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 Companies 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 soft copy 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 stated in the Consortium registration form 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. 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$6300.00 per annum in 2022
Small/start-up Companies (less than 100 employees) …………….US$2300.00 per annum in 2022

Consortium fees are non-refundable. The Consortium term is from January 1 to December 31. 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.

All 2022 APSA-WorldVeg vegetable breeding consortium companies are eligible to attend the annual workshop on 10 May 2022 at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, India. Besides, you are welcome to join the Field demonstrations for the 2022 Consortium exclusive lines in May 2022 in Tainan.  

How to register:

Registration is now open.

For manual registration, please contact Ms. Xiaofeng Li at 

For online registration, please CLICK HERE

Payment can be made starting in January 2022.