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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Sunday, November 02, 2003
Posted 3:47 PM by Luigi
Two endangered, Vitamin-A rich banana varieties multiplied and distributed.
Usr Kulundol (Kosrae)/Uht in Yap (Pohnpei) and Usr Kulasr (Kosrae)/Uht Karat (Pohnpei), two Fe'i banana varieties of the Australimusa series (also known as Musa troglodytarum), have unusually high levels of provitamin A carotenoids, which are precursors to vitamin A. They are also quite rare. There is a severe problem with Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) in the Federated States of Micronesia (as in other Pacific countries and territories), mainly because of dietary habits. A banana rich in vitamin-A could be a way to effectively combat VAD (see previous postings by Lois Englberger and Adelino Lorens in Pohnpei).
The Department of Insular Affairs, USA provided $50K to Kosrae State, FSM to micropropagate and distribute these banana varieties to farmers. The Micronesia Plant Propagation Research Center (MPPRC) in Kosrae implemented the project. More than 3000 plants were raised through tissue culture from the 18 suckers of Usr Kulasr and 7 suckers of Usr Kulundol that were collected in Kosrae in 2000. The States of Yap and Pohnpei were provided with 300 and 250 plants respectively. The micropropagation project has made these two valuable banana varieties more widely available to FSM farmers and their families, and contributed to their conservation.
Dr P.C. Josekutty
MPPRC, PO Box 1000
Kosrae, FM 96944
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