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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Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Posted 5:33 PM by Luigi
Diane Ragone of the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii will be sending to the RGC two varieties of breadfruit that were tissue cultured by Cynthia Nazario as part of her MSc work at the University of Hawaii. This will give RGC staff something to start working with, on the road to establishing the NTBG core collection in tissue culture here at SPC so that it can then be distributed to interested countries, as recommended by the PAPGREN meeting on breadfruit last year. We also have a permit from Fiji quarantine to receive roots from the other varieties in the core collection, but will wait a bit to do that, until the funding comes through for a collaborative project.
Thanks Diane for the update.......
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