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
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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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