Annual Workshop

The APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium Annual Workshop will change the way you  do breeding and business:

  • Learn about the latest developments in breeding research from the WorldVeg team of internationally renowned plant breeders 
  • Scout field trials of improved breeding materials to enhance your cultivar catalog
  • Meet WorldVeg breeders, scientists and other researchers to strengthen your knowledge network


Participation in the workshop is open only to registered APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium companies. WorldVeg offers free workshop participation to one employee from each Consortium Company, including lodging on the nights of 8-10 May, meals from dinner of 8 May to lunch of 11 May, workshop materials, coffee breaks, and transportation to/from Kaohsiung Airport or Tainan High Speed Rail Station. All Consortium Companies must cover costs of their  international travel and Taiwan High Speed Rail (if applicable).

Attendance fee for each additional participant: $600 USD

8 May 2023 (Mon.)

Arrival of participants

9 May 2023 (Tue.)

Session 1: Impact Generated by Consortium Members

  • Update on the Use of WorldVeg Breeding Lines by Consortium Member
  • Special recognition for key impact partners

Session 2: Vegetable Breeding Update

  • Update on WorldVeg Tomato Breeding
  • Update on WorldVeg Pepper Breeding
  • Update on WorldVeg Cucurbit Breeding
  • Marker development for vegetable breeding

Session 3: Ideas for Special Project Funding

  • Future strategies for developing host resistance to black thrips in chili pepper
  • Creating sustainable markets with solid loofah genetics

Session 4: Feedback from Consortium Members

  • Views and experiences shared by consortium members for future consortium improvement
10 May 2023 (Wed.)
  • Field tour to visit the demonstration trials of consortium exclusive tomato, pepper, and bitter gourd lines
  • Visit and interact with vegetable variety exhibition booths set up by Taiwan Seeds Trade Association
  • Individual meetings with WorldVeg scientists (by prior request)

FEATURED CROPS during the annual workshop

8 new fresh market tomato lines with multiple disease resistance (TYLCD, bacterial wilt) which some contain several other disease resistances, crimson-old gold or high pigment genes.
* 2 new dual-purpose tomato lines with multiple disease resistance (TYLCD, bacterial wilt, and several other resistances), high yielding, medium large fruit size with oblong shape.


* ‚Äč8 newly-developed lines of chili and sweet pepper (4 each) with multiple disease resistance (chili: anthracnose (C. acutatum; field tolerance and inoculation), Phytophthora capsici, Chili veinal mosaic virus (ChiVMV), Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), and bacterial wilt; sweet pepper: Tobamovirus (L4 gene) and ChiVMV).
* 12 previously-released elite lines of chili and heat tolerant sweet pepper (6 of each).
* 30 F1 hybrids of chili and sweet pepper for demonstration.
* 48 entries of chili and sweet pepper under preliminary yield trials with multiple disease resistance.

* 6 newly-developed bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) F1 hybrids with resistance to local isolate of cucurbit powdery mildew in Thailand and good fruit quality for short and medium market segments. 

POST-WORKSHOP TOUR (by prior registration only)

A post-workshop tour will be organized to visit the local tomato production and vegetable nursery as well as an agricultural research institute. The fee for the post-workshop tour is $50 USD per person, including the expenses of transportation, lunch, and insurance. Please indicate your participation in the consortium registration form.

11 May 2023 (Thu.) 08.00 - 10.00 hrs.

WorldVeg to ARK tomato

10.00 - 11.00 hrs.

ARK Tomato

11.00 - 12.00 hrs.

Fu-tien Vegetable Nursery

12.00 - 13.30 hrs.

Lunch, Fu-tien Nursery to Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute

13.30 - 15.30 hrs.

Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)

15.30 - 17.00 hrs.

TARI to WorldVeg

To view and download FULL PROGRAM, please CLICK HERE

To view and download ANNUAL WORKSHOP FLYER, please CLICK HERE



Any questions related to the APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium Annual Workshop, kindly contact Ms. Xiaofeng Li at or Ms. Mandy Lin at