APSA Virtual Technical Session 2021 - Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals 24 November 2021 / 15:00 – 17:00 hrs ICT (GMT+7)

Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals
Wednesday the 24th of November 2021
15:00 – 17:00 hrs ICT (GMT+7)



15.00 – 15.05

Opening Remarks
Mr. Michel Devarrewaere, Chair, APSA Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals

15.05 – 15.25

Fruits and Vegetables in the Sustainable Food Systems Transformation 
Dr. Fan Shenggen, Chair Professor and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP), China Agricultural University

15.25 – 15.45

Urban and Vertical Farming for Food Security and a Sustainable Future – in View of the APAC Region
Ms. Meiny Prins, Founding Member of Farm Tech Society and CEO of Priva

15.45 – 16.05

Integrated Pest Management on Tomato and Rapid Pesticide Residue Detection Technology
Dr. Shu-Chen Chang, Senior Researcher, Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute

16.05 - 16.10

Online Coffee Break

16.10 – 16.35

Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals Past Activities Presentation, Report on APSA WIC and R&D Advisory Group

  • Mr. Michel Devarrewaere, Chair,  APSA Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals
  • Dr. Sumitra Kantrong, Co–Chair, APSA Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals
16.35 – 16.55

APSA Announcement: APSA Recognition Award for Most Influential Plant Breeding Researchers in the Asia Pacific Seed Sector
Mr. Wichai Laocharoenpornkul, APSA President

16.55 – 17.00

Closing Remarks
Dr. Sumitra Kantrong, Co–Chair, APSA Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals


Dr. Fan Shenggen
Chair Professor and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP)
China Agricultural University

Dr. Shenggen Fan is currently Chair Professor and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP) at China Agricultural University (CAU). Prior to joining CAU, Dr. Fan served as director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2009 to 2019. He currently serves as a member of the United Nations’ Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. He was a member, vice chair and chair of food and nutrition council of the World Economic Forum. He is a Fellow of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and a Honorary Life Member, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

The United Nations Food Systems Summit has highlighted the importance of healthy and sustainable diets in achieving SDGs and other development goals.  Fruits and vegetables play a critical role in ensuring healthy and sustainable diets for all, but a large proportion of population under consumes fruits and vegetables and their production is not sustainable environmentally.  Policies, technologies, institutions and behavior changes must be reformed to increase fruits and vegetable consumption and production sustainably.  This presentation will highlight the role of fruits and vegetables in transforming food systems for both human and planetary health and propose major transitions in policies, technologies, institutions and behavior changes in achieving these goals.

Ms. Meiny Prins
Founding Member of Farm Tech Society
CEO of Priva

Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. She dedicates a significant part of her working life to promoting sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Meiny is a much sought-after international authority in this field. With a clear and inspiring message on sustainability, she builds bridges between companies, governments, and sectors. In her role as CEO, she was named Businesswoman of the Year. Meiny is an honored alumnus of Erasmus University and in 2015 was recognized by AACSB International as an Influential Leader in the field of sustainability. In addition, Meiny received the first CleanTech Star from WWF (World Wildlife Fund) awarded to Priva. She has held various board positions focusing on water, energy transition and food security. Today, she is a member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance in the Netherlands. Meiny is also the founder of the Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation.

Due to climate change, huge food waste in the world and insufficient availability of healthy food, it is of great importance that megacities transform themselves into food producing cities. Integrating food production not only ensures that megacities are self-sufficient, but also means that more green space is created, water can be saved, energy sources can be optimally utilized, while reducing CO2 emissions and thus making a substantial contribution to a better climate.
Priva (a technology company) is one of the founding pillars, and a board member of the global association, FarmTech Society. FarmTech Society is an international network vertical farming and indoor growing experts enabling, consisting of the early adoptive partners, farmers, growers to lead the vertical farming industry by profitable examples. PRIVA, and FarmTech Society overlap also in vision to bringing the food chain, with smallholders, greenhouses closer to urban areas, particular to the greenbelts. With the Sustainable Urban Delta foundation, the 3 initiatives work together and empower farmers and growers with good examples.

Dr. Shu-Chen Chang
Senior Researcher
Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute

Dr. Shu-Chen Chang is the leader of Integrated Pest Management Laboratory, who studies on pest control of crops. For pesticides management, rapid pesticides residue detection technology by acetylcholinesterase and antibody have been developed. To strengthen the residue control capability of current use rapid bioassay of pesticide residues (RBPR) in Taiwan, immunoassay for detecting pesticide with higher residual risk was developed. Based on the specific binding of antigen and antibody, individual pesticide analogs were conjugated with carrier proteins, inoculated into animals, then the antibodies were generated against the coupled compound from animals. Combining the obtained polyclonal antibodies with ELISA or colloidal-gold based lateral-flow technology, the ELISA kits and test strips have been developed.  

Taiwan's tomato planting acreage was 4,999 hectares, with a yield of 97,603 metric tons, and an output value of 130 million US dollars in 2020. Most of them were cultivated in the flatlands of middle and southern Taiwan from autumn to winter. After 2000, the research and development of tomato varieties tended to develop with high quality, diversification and disease resistance. In addition to the use of pesticides to reduce the pest problems, integrated pest management of tomatoes also includes the healthy disease-resistant seedlings, rational fertilization before planting, etc. In the seedling stage, yellow or blue sticky papers were used to monitor vector insects such as thrip, silverleaf whitefly and aphid, and control them in time. Removing the infected plants, using thrips alarm pheromone, non-chemical pesticides, selective chemical pesticides with different modes of action for pest control were also recommended. A rapid bioassay of pesticide residues (RBPR) method targeting on the neurotoxic organophosphorus and carbamate insecticides was developed by Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute in 1985 using the acetylcholinesterases extracted from a susceptible housefly strain. Since many of these toxic insecticides were banned in the past two decades, highly specific and sensitive antibodies against 18 pesticides have been developed. Commercial test strips have been under development through technical transfer of the antibodies and can be used to detect the pesticide residues by consumers, farmers, and supermarket chain stores, etc.