A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Posted 7:13 PM by Luigi
During 2-6 September 2002, I attended a Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources Information Networking in the APO Region organized by IPGRI’s Regional Office for Asia, Pacific and Oceania (APO). The meeting was hosted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) and held at its International Technical Cooperation Center (ITCC), in Suwon. Since the RDA, with six major national agricultural institutions, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Seoul National University, are all located there, Suwon is considered the centre of agricultural sciences in the ROK. The workshop brought together PGR information scientists in the region to develop a strategy for information networking.
Other participants came from IPGRI (HQ, plus the APO and CWANA regional offices), ICRISAT, 7 Asian countries (Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Philippines), and Australia. All made presentations about PGR documentation and information activities in their respective institutions, countries or regions. Mine, which benefitted from input by my SPC colleagues Mary Taylor, Danny Hunter and Tom Osborn, is available on demand, and looked at the ongoing information activities of the RGC, TaroGen and SPRIG projects, as well as planned PAPGREN activities. These presentations were followed by demonstrations and discussions of various PGR-related software being developed by different institutions, including for genebank management, planning germplasm regeneration activities, managing country-level information and analyzing spatial data. Finally, there was detailed discussion of an “Internet PGR portal” project, whose objective would be providing a platform for PGR professionals in the APO region to exchange, share and discuss PGR information, along the lines of the EURISCO project in Europe, but with the emphasis on linking people rather than just data. Some of the necessary functionalities (and the software needed to provide them), were discussed, including navigation, searching, communication (email, chat, mailing lists, newsletter, weblogs, Q&A) and FAQs. The importance of low entry and transaction costs was emphasized (low bandwidth demand, minimum of proprietary standards, mirror sites).
A logical framework for this portal project was developed by the participants, and training and infrastructure needs identified. A project proposal will be developed by IPGRI in the first instance, but the idea is that the PGR community in the region will then contribute to, and manage, the portal, without any one institution or country owning or dominating it. The project may well prove a useful opportunity of strengthening the communication capacity of some key countries in the Pacific. While the project is being developed, a mailing list has been set up by Dr Peter Lawrence (email@example.com). of the Department of Primary Industries, Queensland, Australia at the request of the meeting. To subscribe to the APO-PGR mailing list, send an email message as follows:
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