The following breeding companies will collaborate in the project, mostly by evaluating materials, propagating seed and introducing the pre-bred materials into their breeding pipelines:
C1-East-West Seed (Philippines): East-West Seed (http://www.eastwestseed.com) is a large seed company with delegations in several countries of Southeast Asia and Africa. Eggplant is one of the major crops of the company with different cultivar types have been developed. The company has research facilities in several countries. Contact: Mrs. Katherine Panergayo.
C2-Meridiem Seeds (Spain): Meridiem Seeds (http://www.meridiemseeds.com) is a small seed company that develops vegetable varieties for the Mediterranean region and Middle East. It has a strong program in eggplant and has released its first varieties. The company has research facilities at several sites in Spain and Iran. Contact: Dr. Maria Hurtado.
C3-Callivoire (Ivory Coast): Callivoire (http://callivoire.com/nos-solutions/semences/) is a small company that markets and evaluates vegetable varieties for the Western Africa region. Eggplant is one of the major crops of interest for the company. Contact: Mr. Innocent Benson Niankoury.
C4-Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited (Sri Lanka): Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited (http://www.hayleysqualityseeds.com/) is a small seed company that produces seeds and develops varieties in Sri Lanka, many of which are exported to other countries. Although the main focus is on ornamentals, they have an interest in eggplant as part of their expansion to vegetables. Contact: Dr. Hemal Fonseka.
C5-Novagenetic (France): Novagenetic (http://www.novagenetic.com/) is a small seed company specialized in the development of vegetable crop varieties for the African countries. It has experimentation fields in several African countries. The varieties produced are marketed by Technisem (http://www.technisem.com/). One of its target crops is eggplant. Contact: Mrs. Morgane Raynal.
Mrs. Katherine Panergayo
Dr. Maria Hurtado
Mr. Innocent Benson Niankoury
Dr. Hemal Fonseka
Mrs. Morgane Raynal
This work is part of the initiative "Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives" which is supported by the Government of Norway. The project is managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust with the Millenium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and implemented in partnership with national and international gene banks and plant breeding institutes around the world. For forward informatin see the project website: http://www.cwrdiversity.org/