Advanced Technical Training on Pests and Diseases 26 May - 6 June 2024 / WorldVeg Headquarters, Tainan

A training entitled “Advanced Technical Training on Pests and Diseases” is organized with aims to equip seed company participants with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills on important pests and diseases of vegetables, focusing on disease diagnostics, screening, management, and integrated pest management (IPM). Participants will gain expertise in identifying and managing major diseases, viruses, viroids, bacteria, and insect pests affecting pepper, tomato, and brassica crops.

Training Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge: Gain an in-depth understanding of fungal, viral, viroid, and bacterial diseases and pests of tomato, pepper, and brassica crops.
  • Develop skills: Master practical techniques for disease and pest identification, isolation, resistance screening, and biocontrol assessment.
  • Implement strategies: Learn and apply integrated pest management (IPM) approaches for adequate crop protection.
  • Network and collaborate: Connect with fellow industry professionals and explore new technologies.

Training Details:

  • Dates: 29 May 2024 to 6 June 2024 (9 days)
  • Location: WorldVeg Headquarters, Tainan
  • Participants: Up to 24 participants, first come first served
  • Training fees: (Including meals, coffee breaks, access to diverse expert trainers, a field visit, and KHH airport or Tainan HSR pick-up/drop-off, exclude accommodation)
    • General participants: US $1,500
    • 2024 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium company participants: US $1,400

Registration will close on 10 May 2024

Training Modules & Topics

To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, participants will engage in a 7-day training course, 1-day field trip and 1-day free time emphasizing hands-on practical exercises in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field, allowing participants to learn by doing.

28 May (Tue)

Arrival of participants

29 May (Wed)

Module 1: Fungal Diseases (pepper anthracnose and screening of tomato late blight)

  • Identification of major fungal diseases in pepper
  • General Concepts of Plant Disease Diagnostics
  • Identification and management of major fungal diseases on tomato
30 May (Thu)

Module 2: General Plant Disease Management (VeggieMon Disease surveillance & epidemiology)

  • General concepts of plant disease management, disease surveillance, and disease epidemiology & quantification
31 May (Fri)

Module 3: Viral Diseases (highlighting detection of tomato chlorosis virus)

  • Identification of major viral, viroid, and bacterial diseases on pepper & tomato, and mechanical inoculation
Module 4: Bacterial Diseases (seedling resistance screening for bacterial wilt and characterization of bacterial spot)
  • Biocontrol Assessment: Case Study - Bacillus & Trichoderma
  • Lab Rapid Resistance Screening Methods
1 June (Sat)

Field trip

2 June (Sun)

Free time

3 June (Mon)

Module 5: Viroid Detection (highlight detection of PSTVd)

  • Detection of viroids (RT-PCR viroid detection of pepper seed)
  • Hands-on practice with virus detection techniques
4 June (Tue)

Module 5: Viroid Detection (highlight detection of PSTVd)

  • Detection of viroids (Practical lab on viroid detection with PSTVd and others)
  • Bacterial diagnostics

5 June (Wed)


Module 6: Identification of Insect and Mite Pests (tuta, thrips, and whitefly)

  • Major insect and mite pests of tomato, pepper, and brassicas in Asia
  • Hands-on Practical: Insect and Mite pests Identification
  • Resistance screening techniques for major insect and mite pests in tomato and peppers
6 June (Thu)

Module 7: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

  • Plantix pest and disease diagnosis and quantification in the field
  • IPM packages for tomato, pepper and brassicas
  • Resistance screening for major insect and mite pests on tomato and pepper
7 June (Fri)

Departure of participants

Any questions related to this training, kindly contact Ms. Xiaofeng Li at or Ms. Mandy Lin at