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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Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Posted 3:26 PM by Luigi
This week I'm preparing for the national PGR workshop in Papua New Guinea, being organized by Rosa Kambuou and Geoff Wiles in Lae, 5-6 November. I've been asked to present a brief introduction to PAPGREN, and also an overview of the international policy situation. So I've prepared an update on the status of the International Treaty on PGRFA (IT). I needed to know how many countries have actually ratified the IT, and was pointed to this website, which also has the text of the Treaty:
It turns out that 8 countries have ratified the IT, and over 60 have signed it, meaning they have the intention of ratifying it. This seems to be a faster rate than was originally thought would be the case.
Today Tom Osborn and I also had a meeting with two visitors from the Solomon Islands who are here in Suva on other business: Jimi Saelea (Director Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Harunari (Director Extension and ex Chief Agricultural Training Officer, email@example.com). We discussed holding a national PGR workshop in the Solomon Islands, following an initial regional survey. Jimi will probably be here again for the TaroGen Steering Committee meeting on 28 November, which will be followed the next day by a one-day workshop during which we hope to present to the Committee and a number of other participants a general update on the activities of PAPGREN and the Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC), but also focus specifically on breadfruit genetic resources conservation and use in the Pacific, a priority highlighted by the first PAPGREN meeting a year ago. Diane Ragone from the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii will be coming. She has assembled and is managing a large regional collection, and she'll be sharing her ideas on how this germplasm can best be used to serve the needs of the Pacific countries.
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