APSA Asian Solanaceous Cucurbit Round Table 2024 4 - 6 June 2024 / University of Philippines Los Banos

Welcome to the 2024 Asian Solanaceous & Cucurbits Round Table (ASCRT) – a groundbreaking symposium focused on "Harnessing New Breeding Technologies for climate change-resilient vegetables." Co-hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), and the Philippine Seed Industry Association (PSIA), this 3-day event will unfold from June 4 to 6, 2024, at SEARCA, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) campus.

Join us for insightful discussions on crucial topics, including Modern Breeding Techniques, Germplasm Diversity, Genomics & Genome Editing, AI and Digital Technology for High Throughput Phenotyping, and more. Engage in technology platform demonstrations, explore training needs, and discover the potential of public-private partnerships.


Register now to secure your spot and explore the sponsorship opportunities available to ensure your organization plays a key role in this transformative experience. Take advantage of the registration discounts, ensuring that you and your team can be part of this dynamic event.

  • 200 USD Registration Fee for APSA Member
  • 250 USD Registration Fee for Non-APSA Member
  • 50 USD for local Filipino University Students
  • 10% discount when registering more than 5 people
  • 10% discount for 2023 APSA Solanaciars TGIF participants
    *Companies can choose only one discount scheme. 


For Non-APSA Member registration, please contact APSA Membership Coordination Manager, Mr. Komsak Kamjing (Bobbie) at komsak@apsaseed.org


  • As part of our commitment to advancing agricultural innovation, we are offering a variety of sponsorship packages for organizations looking to showcase their support for the industry.
  • Elevate your brand's visibility and align with the forefront of vegetable breeding innovation. 
  • CLICK HERE to view and download ASCRT 2024 Sponsorship Brochure


2024 Asian Solanaceous Cucurbit Round Table (ASCRT 2024)
Umali Auditorium, SEARCA, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

“Harnessing New Breeding Technologies for Climate Change-Resilient Vegetables”

Day 1:  Tuesday, 4 June 2024

Inaugural Session
08.00 - 09.00 Registration APSA and SEARCA teams
09.00 – 09.10 Welcome remarks Ms. Francine Sayoc, APSA Executive Director
09.10 – 09.20  Welcome address by SEARCA  Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Director of SEARCA
09.20 – 09.35 Welcome remarks from UPLB [TBC] Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Chancellor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
09.35 – 09.40 ASRT and ACRT objectives Dr. Seetharam Annadana, Chair, APSA R&D Advisory Committee
09.40 – 09.45 ASCRT 2024 agenda and outcome Dr. Conrado Balatero, Chair, ASCRT Organizing Committee and Member of R&D AG, APSA/Group Head - Breeding, East-West Seed
09.45 – 10.15 Keynote address on solanaceous crops TBC
10.15 – 10.45 Keynote address on cucurbit crops [TBC] Dr. Jesús Abad Martin, Global Head of Germplasm Development Cucurbits, Syngenta (online)
10.45 – 11.00 Group photo session and Refreshment break   
Session 1: Modern Breeding Techniques & Resistance to Diseases and Pests in Solanaceous and Cucurbitaceae crops Chair:
11.00 – 11.30 [Topic TBC] Identification of Resistance to Geminivirus and Whitefly in Pepper Dr Awang Maharijaya, Bogor Agricultural University 
11.30 – 12.00 [Topic TBC]  TBC
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch  
13.00 – 13.30 High-gaba tomato breeding Sanatech scientist 
13.30 – 14.00 Conventional breeding for anthracnose and begomovirus disease resistance in chili peppers Dr. Patcharaporn Suwor, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)
14.00 – 14.30 Advances and challenges of watermelon breeding in Asia Prof. Xingping Zhang, Institute of Advanced Agricultural Sciences (IAAS), Peking University (PKU), China
14.30 – 15.00 [Topic TBC] Major pathogens infecting cucurbit crops in East Asia  Dr. Hao-wen Cheng, Assistant Specialist-Virologist, World Vegetable Center
15.00 – 15.20 Refreshment break   
15.20 – 15.50 Powdery mildew in Southeast Asia: host range, impact, and sources of resistance Mark Angelo Balendres, Professor, Department of Biology, De La Salle University, Manila 
15.50 – 16.20 Breeding Bottle Gourds for yield and disease resistance Dr Dhananjaya M.V, Principal Scientist, CEO, BESST-HORT and Officer In charge (Seeds), ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru
16.20 – 16.50 Cucurbit crops improvement: cucurbit projects of the World Vegetable Center Dr. Anthimos Kampouridis, Scientist – Cucurbit Breeding, World Vegetable Center
16.50 – 17.00 ASCRT 2024 - Day 1 Wrap-Up  
18.00 – 20.00 Welcome Dinner    

Day 2:  Wednesday, 5 June 2024

Session 2: Germplasm Diversity and plant variety protection Chair:
09.00 – 09.30 Maximizing Genetic Diversity Germplasm Repositories and Climate - Adaptive Crop Protection for Future Food Security Dr. Chutchamas Kanchana-Udomkan, Director of Tropical Vegetable Research Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand
09.30 – 10.00 Topic TBC Lavernee Gueco, Head of the National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory, IPB-UPLB
10.00 – 10.30 PVP Topic TBC Speaker TBC
10.30 – 10.50 Refreshment break   
Session 3: Plant Breeding Innovation: Genomics & Genome Editing Chair:
10.50 – 11.20 Genomic selection and gene editing in hot pepper Dr. B.C. Kang, Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea
11.20 – 11.50 Revolutionizing varietal development in tomato: from genetic markers to TILLING and innovative OMICs-breeding approaches Dr. Hayde Galvez, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
11.50 – 13.00  Lunch  
13.00 – 13.30 Biotechnology tools to support molecular breeding in cucurbits (MAS, MABC, GBS, WGS, etc) Dr. Sithichoke Tangphatsornruang, Director of National Omics Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
13.30 – 14.00 Genomics and genome editing for solanaceous or cucurbit crops Dr. Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Associate Professor, Kasetsert University, Thailand
14.00 – 14.15 Policies and global regulatory scenario on gene editing Dr. Shivendra Bajaj, APSA Technical Director
14.15 – 14.30 Gene editing policy in the Philippines Ms. Geronima Eusebio, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI Philippines)
14.30 – 14.50 Refreshment break   
Session 4: Application of AI and Digital Technology for High Throughput Phenotyping Chair:
14.50 – 15.20 High-throughput phenotyping of eggplant resistance to leafhopper using automated video tracking Dr. Lourdes Taylo, University Researcher, Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Baños
15.20 – 15.50  [Topic TBC] Speed breeding technique Dr. Gururaj Kulkarni, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) - Bio Innovation Center
Session 5: Poster presentation Chair:
15.50 – 16.20  Poster Presentation 1 TBC
16.20 – 16.50  Poster Presentation 2 TBC
16.50 – 17.00 ASCRT 2024 - Day 2 Wrap-Up  

Day 3:  Thursday, 6 June 2024

Session 6: Insect resistance in Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops Chair:
09.00 – 09.30 Pepper or eggplant Speaker TBC
09.30 – 10.00 The road to commercialization of UPLB Bt eggplant with event EE-1 Dr. Lourdes Taylo, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines and DM Hautea
10.00 – 10.30 Pepper or eggplant Speaker TBC
10.30 – 10.50 Refreshment break   
Session 7: Technology platform demonstration, training needs and PPP Chair:
10.50 – 11.20 Topic TBC Amphasys [TBC]
11.20 – 11.50 Collaborative research topic from IPB IPB speaker TBC
11.50 – 12.00 ASCRT 2024 - Day 3 Wrap-Up  
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch   
Field Visits
13.00 – 14.00 Bio Innovation Center, IRRI   
14.00 – 15.00 Germplasm collection center   
15.00 – 16.00 Visiting High-throughput phenotyping & BT eggplant organization at the Institute of Plant Breeding    
16.00 Meeting adjorn