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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Monday, September 15, 2003
Posted 8:07 PM by Luigi
Recent News from SPC's Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC)
From Dr Mary Taylor, RGC Advisor, SPC
1. Four of the RGC's staff participated in a virus indexing workshop held in the Institute of Applied Science at USP. Suva. The resource persons were Associate Professor Rob Harding and Dr Peter Revill from QUT. QUT was funded by ACIAR to develop virus indexing technology for taro to support the AusAID funded TaroGen project. The aim of the workshop was to transfer this technology to the Pacific. The work was carried out in the laboratory which has been established by IAS in collaboration with SPC. SPC PPS has provided funds for equipment for this laboratory, and with the support of their virologist, Dr Richard Davies, the RGC staff will be able to carry out virus indexing in this laboratory in the future.
2. Earlier in the year (May, 2003) Dr Ian Godwin and Hunter Laidlaw from UQ were the resource persons for a workshop on DNA fingerprinting. UQ had been funded by ACIAR for the DNA fingerprinting work (microsatellites) on the taro accessions collected under TaroGen. This workshop was again transferring the developed technology to the Pacific. This workshop was in collaboration with the Department of Biology, but future DNA work will be carried out in the IAS laboratory.
3. Distributions of germplasm from the RGC have continued during 2003 with bananas to A. Samoa, bananas to Koronivia Research Station, Fiji, sweet potato and bananas to Kiribati, taro, sweet potato and banana to FSM, banana and yam to Guam, TANSAO taro to Maui Agricultural Research Centre, Hawaii.
4. Thirty cultivars of D. rotundata have been imported from IITA, Nigeria. These cultivars will be useful to growers because of resistance to anthracnose. Cultivars of D. rotundata distributed from the USP lab and evaluated in Samoa in the 90s performed well and were popular with growers. These cultivars will have to be screened for viruses prior to distribution.
5. Some success has been achieved in establishing a tissue culture system for kava and research is continuing to improve on these results. A decontamination technique has been developed that is achieving 70-80% clean cultures for one cultivar.
6. The RGC video has been completed and will be shown at some of the local secondary schools for evaluation. Copies will be made and will be available for distribution. Teaching notes have been prepared to accompany this video.
7. The RGC website has been launched.
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