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, March 19, 2003
Posted 6:34 PM by Luigi
News of three connected events coming in late May:
The Taro Genetic Resources Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 19th May. This will be the last TGRC meeting before the TaroGen project ends in December 2003. The purpose of the meeting is to review progress reports of TaroGen and the partner projects by UQ and QUT, to discuss outstanding and emerging issues arising from these reports, and the completion of the remaining activities of the project. The AusAID Technical Advisory Group (TAG) review report will also be considered, as well as the sustainability of TaroGen activities-supported after the project ends, including breeding programmes and TLB awareness workshops.
A meeting of the Pacific Agriculture Plant Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN) will take place on Tuesday, 20th May 2003. This meeting will update participants on PAPGREN activities that have been undertaken since the November meeting, and also plans for the future. One of the main features of the meeting will be a presentation by Clark Peteru, an environmental lawyer from Samoa, on an information paper he has produced for the network concerning policy issues related to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. In addition, Clark will lead a discussion of the recently revised Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and related documents so that any questions or concerns can be noted and addressed. We are in the process of sending out the MTAs and related document so that participants will have a chance to review them before the meeting.
Finally, the Third Taro Symposium will take place from 21-23 May 2003. The symposium is being organised and sponsored by SPC, AusAid, IPGRI, FAO, CTA, and CIRAD. You can also visit the website here.
Sunday, March 16, 2003
Posted 2:39 PM by Luigi
SPC and USP have been having discussions and coming to a concrete agreement about the new molecular biology lab. Mary Taylor and and Richard Davis went over for a chat with Bill Aalbersberg, Director of the Institute of Applied Science, and his technician, Klaus Feussner. The relationship will be formalized in some sort of MOU very soon. It is expected that SPC will be able to make use of the IAS facilities for virus indexing and genetic diversity studies.
Mary Taylor and I have also been working on the new draft Material Transfer Agreements for the Regional Germplasm Centre. We hope to send them out to countries for their comments by the end of the week.
Thursday, March 06, 2003
Posted 4:23 PM by Luigi
People First Network Video
The People First Network in the Solomon Islands has produced a 14 minute video about their work which can now be viewed on the internet by visiting the PFN website. (NOTE: This is a very large file (38MB), which takes a long time to download over a regular internet connection.)
Agrobiodiversity Weblog: For discussions of conservation and sustainable use of the genetic resources of crops, livestock and their wild relatives.