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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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Posted 4:28 PM by Luigi
Taro in Vanuatu
There's an article on taro in Vanua Lava, an island in the northern part of Vanuatu in the March 2004 (vol 20:1) issue of the Magazine on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA), which is devoted to so-called "under-utilized crops". The main author is Sophie Caillon, a PhD student at IRD, France. She first describes taro diversity in the village of Vêtuboso in some detail:
"At present, 96 taro cultivars are grown in the village. A survey carried out among 12 farmers growing 51 of the cultivars and complemented by a DNA diversity study, revealed that each named cultivar corresponded to a separate genotype. Six cultivars were described as ‘common’ as they represent 83% of all planted taros, whereas 40 cultivars were classified as ‘rare’ (8% of all planted taro). As each farmer plants an average of about 20 cultivars, he or she usually grows six common taro and 14 intermediary and rare ones."
She then goes on to outline a strategy for the promotion of taro based on increasing farmer access to diversity, by both introducing and testing new varieties and assisting farmers in developing new varieties through crossing.
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