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).
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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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Monday, December 09, 2002
Posted 3:05 PM by Luigi
I've been on leave for a few days, but noticed this on my return on the WWF-Pacific website.
New Caledonia Dry Forest: Rediscovery of an endemic plant.
Saving the last remnant patches of dry forest spread over the western coast of New Caledonia is the aim of the New Caledonia Dry Forest Conservation Programme. Covering no more than 45km², this area represents the last percentage (1%) of the original surface of this very particular ecosystem. Since October 2001, WWF with 8 other partners have been involved in this project.
In 1988, the species Pittosporum tanianum, was discovered by the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). There were only 2 plants left on Lepredour Island (Southern Province) after devastation by rabbits and deer. One of these plants died in 1992 and the second one was never found again. In 1994, the species was declared extinct to science.
Seven years later, the 23rd of May 2002, Bernard Suprin, a botanist from the Office of Natural Resources (Southern Province), a partner of the programme, found 2 trees on Lepredour Island. Measures of emergency have been taken at once; a first fruit has been harvested and seeds extracted for replanting. At the same time, metallic protection has been implemented around the 2 existing plants, and a project of fencing has been started. The next months will let us know the success of these efforts!
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