International Scientist Training
The training experience of Ramesh Kumar, international scientist
on the cucurbit breeding project, is outlined below. There is
also a report by Kanwaldeep Singh. Other
international activities are on
the main page. In this program, training of international scientists
is customized to meet the needs of each individual.
It is important to get established and begin work quickly if
significant progress is to be made in the short (3-month) visits
typical of the FAO exchange
program in the cucurbit breeding program in the department of
Horticultural Science at NC State University. See getting
As part of the training program, international visitors are encouraged
to attend scientific conferences. These include the American
Society for Horticultural Science, where the 2001 conference
was held in Sacramento California.
Participate in tours
Salinas Valley, California - there are several research centers
and seed companies working on the development of vegetable crop
cultivars. Companies include Asgrow, Harris
Moran, and Sakata. Research
centers include the USDA
vegetable research station.
Do field work
field day - the pickling and slicing cucumber trials were
shown to industry visitors on June 28.
Research at Hort
Crops Research Station - research was focussed on study of
yield in watermelon. Other research work included cucumber and
Do some sightseeing / Have fun
San Francisco - the tour of the Salinas Valley included stops
in Santa Cruz and San Francisco for sightseeing.
Information about Ramesh