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).
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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, June 07, 2004
Posted 3:20 PM by Luigi
New molecular biodiscovery and biomedicine laboratory at the University of PNG
By Martina Darius
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 6) - Postgraduate students at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medical and Health Sciences will now be able conduct research on local marine organisms and plant species thanks to an American university.
Deputy Chief Of Mission at the United States Embassy, Thomas Niblock, yesterday inaugurated a molecular biodiscovery and biomedicine laboratory built by UPNG and the University of Utah, and supported by the Fogarty International Center/USA National Institute of Health.
"The U.S. encourages collaboration and this project is aimed at finding solutions to global issues that affects this generation and the next," said Mr Niblock.
He said the U.S. government was pleased to contribute to the project and would continue providing assistance in areas involving research.
"The laboratory signifies an important role UPNG is playing in the research of marine organisms and plant species that could cure diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, cancer and HIV/AIDS," said Dr Lohi Matainaho, senior lecturer and medical scientist. Collaborated researches will be conducted by the two universities to extract molecules in the PNG environment to convert into drugs for curable diseases.
The University of Utah will also help train Papua New Guineas in medical research and other areas.
June 7, 2004
The National: www.thenational.com.pg
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