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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Thursday, August 21, 2003
Posted 9:37 PM by Luigi
Breadfruit news from Hawaii
Some of you will have been at the PAPGREN meeting in November last year during which we developed, with the help of Dr Diane Ragone of the National tropical Botanical Gardens, Hawaii and other resource people, a strategy for breadfruit genetic resources conservation and use in the Pacific. I've just received from Diane an update on her activities on breadfruit during the past few months. If you have any comments or suggestions, pass them on to Diane (Ragone@ntbg.org) or myself (LuigiG@spc.int).
This is what Diane says:
1. I'm still working, slowly but surely, on the website for the Breadfruit Institute and hope to have that on the Internet in a couple of months.
2. Cathy Cavaletto has completed all of the fruit quality analysis and taste panels for 20 cultivars, both fresh fruits and chips. University of Hawaii and a lab on the mainland will do the nutritional analysis. We'll be working on the stats and writing it all up, so this should be a nice addition to Lois Englberger's work.
3. Cynthia Nazario finished her MS thesis in May on tissue culture and she's working on getting a paper written to submit to a peer-reviewed journal.
4. Nyree Zerega finished her PhD in March on molecular studies of breadfruit and related species. She's doing a post-doc in Minnesota and continuing to work on Artocarpus. She recently submitted a paper to the American Journal of Botany.
5. I've developed a descriptor set of more than 150 characters for breadfruit and we're working our way through the collection, photographing each character and the accessions.
6. I was able to spend a week working at Kahanu Garden last month, the first time since January. What a treat. Some of the trees in the collection are showing signs of age and stress and some neglect since they've only been fertilized once and range in age from 13-25 years. I finally convinced the gardeners to start pruning out the dead branches and I'm trying to arrange for a professional arborist to shape and topwork about 40 of the 220 trees. I'm duplicating the core collection at our Kauai garden and will start propagating some of the other varieties as well.
7. I'd like to start working on proposals to set up a program to start assessing breadfruit diversity in the region.
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