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, July 26, 2004
Posted 2:19 PM by Luigi
Characterization of the giant swamp taro
Mr Viliamu Iese is a Samoan student at the University of the South Pacific, working on Cyrtosperma under the supervision of Dr Anand Tyagi, Head of the Biology Department, Dr Mary Taylor of the SPC-RGC and Dr Ian Godwin of the University of Queensland, Brisbane.
He's just finished interviewing farmers in Tuvalu, Pohnpei , and Fiji about their traditional knowledge of the different varieties of the crop, cultivation practices, and uses. He has characterized each variety he has found using 27 morphological descriptors. He has also collected leaf samples for DNA extractions and is now on his way to the University of Queensland to carry out DNA fingerprinting studies. We wish him luck in his work.
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