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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Monday, May 03, 2004
Posted 3:02 PM by Luigi
“The business of NARI is information”
This quote is taken from the mandate statement of PNG's National Agricultural Research Institute. There's a piece on NARI's information and communication activities in CTA's Spore magazine, online at:
Here's an excerpt from the article: "Having first released three varieties of taro (see Spore 105), NARI used the grand opening of their new HQ in November 2003 to publicise nine other releases. The dignitaries – Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, three provincial governors, and diplomats – took on the intermediary role of receiving seeds, planting materials or bio-control agents from NARI scientists and handing them on to a leading farmer or extension agent. Among the releases were four rice varieties, drought-resistant or early-maturing sweet potato cultivars and cassava, five superior banana varieties for testing; and two biological control agents: a wasp for the diamondback moth pest of brassicas, and a moth for Chromolaena weed."
The article includes a photograph of NARI's Principal Scientist for PGR, Mrs Rosa Kambuou.
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