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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Friday, January 30, 2004
Posted 4:43 PM by Luigi
Cryopreservation at the RGC
Dr Bart Panis of INIBAP and the Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will be in Suva next week to provide the RGC staff with training in cryopreservation using his experience with banana. INIBAP have modified the protocol that the RGC have been using with taro (developed by Dr Thinh), and have been more successful in the rate of recovery.
Regional Germplasm Centre Adviser
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Posted 6:04 PM by Luigi
The University of Hawaii Libraries have a Trust Territory Archives Photograph Collection, described at http://libweb.hawaii.edu/ttp/ttpi_photo.html. You can search the archive here http://libweb.hawaii.edu/cgi-bin/ttpisearch.pl. Entering the keyword "agriculture" produces a lot of interesting stuff.....
Posted 5:59 PM by Luigi
Safe Movement of Taro Germplasm
The SPC Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC) and the Queensland University of Technology have just published "Development and Application Virus Indexing Protocols for the international Movement of Taro Germplasm." The work and publication have been supported by ACIAR and AusAID and are an output of the TaroGen project. In addition to information on each taro virus and the diseases they cause, the document describes the indexing procedure and lists the 159 taro accessions conserved as meristem cultures at the RGC which have undergone (and in some cases are still undergoing) testing.
For further information, contact the SPC RGC Advisor, Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int).
Monday, January 19, 2004
Posted 2:38 PM by Luigi
Papaya research in Hawaii
An interesting piece on papaya research in Hawaii, including PGR conservation, can be found on the USDA's website at
To quote the website:
"In laboratories throughout Hawaii, where most of America's papaya crop is grown, Agricultural Resrach Service scientists and their university and corporate colleagues are working out a science-based strategy to streamline today's costly replanting of papaya orchards. Other ARS experts are searching for genes that might boost papaya's natural resistance to disease and insects. And still other researchers are safeguarding both familiar and unusual varieties of papayas in the nation's official papaya collection."
Thanks to IPGRI's indefatigable Jeremy Cherfas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pointing this out.
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