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 6 - 8 May 2024, meals from dinner of 6 May to lunch of 9 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

6 May 2024 (Mon.)

Arrival of participants

7 May 2024 (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
  • Strategies for monitoring pest and diseases in vegetable growing areas

Session 3: Brainstorming for Special Project Ideas

  • Breakout group discussions

Session 4: Feedback from Consortium Members

  • Views and experiences shared by consortium members for future consortium improvement
8 May 2024 (Wed.)
  • Field tour to visit the demonstration trials of consortium exclusive tomato, pepper lines, and bitter gourd hybrids
  • Tours to visit WorldVeg Genebank and new research building
  • Individual meetings with WorldVeg scientists (by prior request only)

FEATURED CROPS during the annual workshop

* 10 new fresh market tomato lines with multiple disease resistance, 4 of the lines contain in addition the Sw5 resistance marker, and one line contains the I3 resistance marker, several contain crimson-old gold or high pigment genes and offer a diverse range of shapes, including oblong, deep globe, and round flat.


* ‚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: bacterial spot and ChiVMV). The chili lines fit diverse market segments, including erect, fresh green, and dry red and dual purpose and the sweet pepper are all blocky bells, with red, yellow, and orange mature colors. 

* 5 new bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) F1 hybrids with good fruit quality characteristics and resistance to local strain of powdery mildew, tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) in Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand for the medium and long South East Asia market segment.

POST-WORKSHOP TOUR (by prior registration only)

A post-workshop tour will be organized to visit local seed company, vegetable production areas as well as the agricultural Technology Park. The fee for the post-workshop tour is US$50 per person, including the expenses of transportation, snacks, water and lunch. Please indicate your participation in the consortium registration form.

9 May 2024 (Thu.) 08.00 - 09.00 hrs.

WorldVeg to Known-You Seed Co., Ltd.

09.00 - 11.00 hrs.

Visit Known-You Seed Company HQ in Kaohsiung

11.00 - 11.20 hrs.

Known-You Seed Co. to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

11.20 - 14.00 hrs.

Lunch at Hi-Lai Foods restaurant

14.00 - 15.00 hrs.

Visit vegetable cultivation areas

15.00 - 16.30 hrs.

Visit Agricultural Technology Park

16.30 - 17.30 hrs.

Pingtung to Shanhua (WorldVeg HQ)



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