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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, April 27, 2004
Posted 4:15 PM by Luigi
OCEANIAFOOD proceedings online
Lois Englberger would like to share news of a new publication which includes information on food analysis work in Pohnpei and in the FSM. It is on the internet at the following web site:
This is the proceedings of the OCEANIAFOODS meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in 2002. As pointed out in the Foreword, OCEANIAFOODS is a regional group of the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS), working to facilitate interaction and collaboration amongst the three regional member food composition programs, ie Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Conferences are held every two to four years.
The Proceedings summary has this to say about the work in FSM (page 8): In FSM there has been some important research to identify indigenous foods that are sources of carotenoids, in an effort to combat the growing prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in this country. The challenges of conducting an analytical program in FSM were very different to those experienced in, for example, Australia and New Zealand, reflecting the diversity of conditions and resources in countries in Oceania. However the achievements of the FSM project demonstrated what is possible when researchers in different parts of the region work together.
Here are the two papers in the document that relate to work in FSM (and Pohnpei):
Englberger L, Elymore J. Country Report: Federated States of Micronesia. Proceedings of the Sixth OCEANIAFOODS: Brisbane, Australia, 8-9 February, 2002. Cunningham J and Trevisan L (Ed). Food Standards Australia, New Zealand, 2004. pages 38-41.
Englberger L, Marks GC, Fitzgerald, Schierle J, Aalbersberg W, Chand K. Analyses for provitamin A carotenoids in the Pacific region: banana, taro, breadfruit, and pandanus. Proceedings of the Sixth OCEANIAFOODS: Brisbane, Australia, 8-9 February, 2002. Cunningham J and Trevisan L (Ed). Food Standards Australia, New Zealand, 2004. pages 53-59.
Dr Lois Englberger
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
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