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, June 07, 2004
Posted 6:50 PM by Luigi
More on the bananas of Pohnpei
This news just received from Adelino Lorens and Lois Englberger in Pohnpei.
Jeff Daniells is a banana expert from the Agency for Food and Fibre Sciences, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), South Johnstone, Queensland, Australia. He is currently visiting Pohnpei funded by a United Nations Children's Fund grant on micronutrients made to the Island Food Community of Pohnpei. Jeff has now seen all of the 42 banana varieties listed by the Pohnpei Farmers Workshop last October, others that were not listed at that time, including Uht Kapakap, and also the varieties introduced from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC).
He is giving a talk in Pohnpei tomorrow, when he will talk about various issues in banana production and management, including:
Classification of Pohnpei banana varieties
Introduced banana varieties
Fusarium wilt (a fungal disease)
Black sigatoka disease
Catherine Sundvall, who has been experimenting with different Karat banana recipes in Pohnpei, will also be providing a treat of one of her Karat Ice Cream recipes.
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