ASIAN SEED • 22 APSA Midterm Agenda Detailed discussion and action points on the following can be downloaded from the members section of APSA’s website ( • Harmonizing industry terminology with respect to PBI and developing available training materials for Asian countries. • Identifying speakers and topics for the upcoming Pre- Congress Workshop (PCW) and technical program for the Asian Seed Congress in November 2018. • Programs for other upcoming APSA activities: Asian Cucurbit Round Table (ACRT) this July, and Fourth Expert Consultation on Phytosanitary Measures in Asia-Pacific in August, as well as a few planned Study Tours to China. • Sharing activities of the R&D Advisory Group including ASRT II and TOSPO Project I from 2017 and ongoing collaboration with key stakeholders in the academic sectors through ACRT I conference and TOSPO Project II proposal. • Intellectual Property/Plant Variety Protection Initiatives in Asia: Proposal to establish the Seed Innovation and Protection Initiative (SIPI) using Anti-Infringement Bureau (AIB) and (Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA) as a model and Introduction of the Nagoya protocol and International Treaty (FAO) by SC IPR and Biodiversity. • Develop disease resistance terminology specific to crop and pathogens as a reference for DUS. A working group was nominated. • Devising a Code of Ethics for plant breeders, seed producers and sellers to curb practices conducive to infringement: a committee was named to begin the drafting process. • Promotion of the “Vegetable Seed Production Good Practice Guide” developed by APSA SIG V&O and ISF Working Group for Vegetable Seed Production. • Plant and Seed Health -- International Year of Seed Health 2020 introduction. • Systems approach initiative for phytosanitary certification procedures introduction. • Pest list databases harmonization by gathering lists from NPPOs for the Asian region (starting from key identified crops). • Announcing the FAO seed study survey concerned with international PVP treaties; WIC committee to nominate responders from each company. concluded last year, was to de- velop a disease screening proto- col involving inoculation of plants with tospoviruses, a destructive negative-RNA virus that still evades eradication nearly a cen- tury after discovery and infects no fewer than 800 plant species. Nonetheless, thanks to the latest screening methods and the dedication of keen pathologists and breeders, it is only a matter of time before genotypes with promising tospovirus resistance are confirmed – and APSA is alert to progress in the field: “This initial phase of the TO- SPO project between APSA and BIOTEC was completed in the given time frame and the result- ing screening method specific to TNRV and CaCV (two target tospoviruses) was transferred to participating companies,” Dr. Chodchoey announced. Listening to further recommen- dations from key stakeholders, APSA’s R&D Committee will shift immediate research focus to cu- curbits, another key economic crop family encompassing cucumber, watermelon, melon, bitter gourd and pumpkin. “We are excited to hold our first Asian Cucurbits Round Ta- ble,” said Dr. Chodchoey, “which will be held in Bangkok and Nak- hon Pathom from 19 – 21 July. It is modelled on a similar platform as the ASRT and any researchers who have a stake in cucurbits, are encouraged to get involved.” Dr Chodchoey noted that collaboration between APSA and BIOTEC is set to proceed with a second phase of tospo- virus screening research: “TO- SPO Phase II will focus on viral disease resistance screening specific to India, with an ob- jective of identifying promising germplasms that demonstrate resistance to TNRV and CaCV in tomato,” she explained. All APSA members can find the current activities and meeting summaries on APSA’s website ( – so stay tuned and participate.