Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals

APSA Virtual Technical Session 2020
Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals
Wednesday the 25th of November 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (GMT+7/ICT)
3:00 pm -
3:05 pm
  • Welcome Speech
  • Dr. May Kanokwan Chodchoey - Executive Director, APSA
3:05 pm -
3:10 pm
  • Opening Remarks
  • Mr. Michel Devarrewaere - Chair, SIG V&O
3:10 pm -
3:55 pm
  • Overview of Gene bank in Asia, Crop wild relatives
    and its importance in climate-smart breeding
  • Q&A Session
  • Dr. Maarten Van Zonneveld - World Vegetable Center
  • Dr. Benjamin Kilian - Crop Trust
3:55 pm -
4:25 pm
  • Systems Approach Concept by ISF and Industry View
  • Ms. Merel Langens - Chair of ISF Systems Approach Working Group
  • TBC
4:25 pm -
4:30 pm

Online Coffee Break

4:30 pm -
4:50 pm
  • Working Group of Integrated Vegetable Seed Companies – Action Summary (included SIPI update)
  • Q&A Session
  • Dr Sumitra Kantrong - Chair, WIC
  • Mr. Rahul P. Ashok - Co-Chair, WIC
4:50 pm -
5:00 pm
  • SIG V&O Presentations on Past Activities & Report on
    APSA R&D Advisory Committee
  • Mr. Michel Devarrewaere - Chair, SIG V&O
  • Dr. Yan Shupeng - Co-Chair, SIG V&O
5:00 pm Session Close



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Dr. Maarten Van Zonneveld

World Vegetable Center










Dr. Benjamin Kilian

Crop Trust

Benjamin Kilian is a senior scientist and project manager and in charge of all pre-breeding projects supported by the Global Crop Diversity Trust (20 crops, 50 countries). Benjamin has a particular interest in exploring ways in which crop wild relatives can be utilized in breeding programs more effectively by better linking genebanks to breeders. Benjamin completed his PhD training at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany. He has led various research projects at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany on genetics and genomics of plant genetic resources, especially in wheat and barley and their wild relatives. Subsequently, Benjamin worked in the private sector aiming at making beneficial alleles of CWR available to breeding. His scientific interest focuses on the domestication and use of agrobiodiversity, and the role it can play for sustainable development and food security.
Benjamin has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications including research articles and book chapters.
Benjamin currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for both the Activated Genebank NeTwork (AGENT) and Intelligent Collections of Food Legumes Genetic Resources for European Agrofood Systems (INCREASE) projects. Since 2019, Benjamin has been the chair of the external advisory board of the Germplasm Resources Unit of the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. He also serves on the Advisory Board of PRIMA-GENDIBAR.



Ms. Merel Langens

Chair of ISF Systems Approach Working Group