The World Vegetable Center was founded as the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center in 1971 and adopted the new name in 2008 to reflect the broadening scope of its work. It is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit international agricultural research institute with headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, southern Taiwan. The WorldVeg genebank houses the world’s largest public collection of vegetable germplasm, including more than 8,500 accessions of tomato and tomato wild relatives, over half of which are available for distribution. WorldVeg research on tomato diseases is mainly applied and targeted at less developed countries and encompasses disease diagnosis, identification, characterization, epidemiology and management; identification of disease resistance and molecular markers linked to resistance; breeding by traditional methods; and marker-assisted selection to introduce multiple resistances into advanced breeding lines.

Lawrence Kenyon (Ph.D.)
Lead Specialist: Plant Pathology
World Vegetable Center
PO Box 42 Shanhua Tainan 74199, Taiwan, ROC
Tel : +886 6 583 7801 Ext. 350, Fax: +886 6 583 0009


The Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute under the Council of Agriculture (COA) is the most comprehensive agricultural research institute in Taiwan. TARI was established over a century ago in Taipei, but now has its headquarters in Wufeng to the southeast of Taichung City. As well as researching genetic resistance to diseases, the Plant Pathology Division also studies non-chemical controls, holistic crop-health care, and new quarantine techniques. TARI also has a seed genebank that includes accessions of tomato and tomato wild relatives.

Ray R.J. Chang (Ph.D.)
Researcher and Director, Plant Pathology Division
Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute,
189 Chung-Cheng Road, Wufeng, Taichung City ,41362 Taiwan ROC
Tel: +886 4 2331 7500 +886 4 2330 2803
E-mail :


National Chung-Hsing University started as an agricultural college, but has grown to be one of the island’s largest institutes of higher education and a leading science university in Taiwan. The main campus is in southeast Taichung City. The Plant Pathology Department is large (200 undergraduate students and 55 graduate students) and well-equipped; along with training, it carries out advanced research in areas such as molecular plant pathology and virology, etiology and taxonomy, microbial and plant biotechnology, and integrated disease management.

Fuh-Jyh Jan, (Ph.D.)
Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
Director, Biotechnology Center
National Chung Hsing University
145 Xingda Road, Taichung 40227, Taiwan, ROC
Tel: +886-4-2284-0780 ext. 360, Fax: +886-4-2287-7585