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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Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Posted 2:00 PM by Luigi
USP TO PROTECT PACIFIC TARO GENE POOL
The following item appeared in Pacific Islands Report (http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport) today. The taro collections referred to are the TaroGen and TANSAO core collections. What the piece does not say is that the genebank is an in vitro facility. Of course, taro collections are also maintained in field genebanks in various places in the region. The TANSAO collection, for example, is maintained at the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Training Centre on Santo. The other thing that is missing is that SPC's Regional Germplasm Centre also provided material of other crops, including yams, sweet pottao and cassava.
MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 2) - The University of the South Pacific is contributing to food security in the region by storing a duplicate collection of Asian taro varieties.
They will be grown at the Regional Crops Gene Bank, opened recently at the university's School of Agriculture, at Alafua Campus, in Samoa.
The new Regional Crops Gene Bank at USP is one of only two organizations in the South Pacific region to store the Asian taro varieties collection.
The other organization storing the original collection is the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Suva.
Crop gene banks ensure the continuation of a plant if it becomes extinct in a particular country. Having two in the Pacific region is an insurance against one being destroyed.
December 2, 2003
Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra
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