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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Monday, January 27, 2003
Posted 5:29 PM by Luigi
So Tony Horwitz did find the red banana of Niue in the end (see last entry). One lady had it growing in her garden, having collected the seeds from the wild. It is called "hulahula", is straight, thick stalked, with broad leaves. The bunch goes straight up and the fruit is seeded, with red flesh which goes black and then falls down. The juice of the stem is purplish. It used to be eaten on Niue, but now it is just the leaves that are used, apparently. Suzanne Sharrock of INIBAP tells me it is probably a wild Australimusa species - probably Musa maclayii, which is native to the Pacific. An interesting example of germplasm exploration from the mainstream press...
In other news, had a meeting today with Dr Lawrence Kenyon, a plant pathologist at the Natural Resources Institute in the UK. He's particularly interested in yams and we talked about organizing an international meeting on Dioscorea. We're going to look for EU funds. He also alerted me to the 13th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), to be held 9–15 Nov. 2003 in Arusha, Tanzania.
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