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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Sunday, August 29, 2004
Posted 2:36 PM by Luigi
PAPGREN course on PGR documentation held
PAPGREN organized a course on PGR documentation on 9-13 August 2004 at the SPC Media Centre, Suva, Fiji. Some 12 people participated, from 7 Pacific Island Countries. Documentation was chosen as the topic in response to information gathered in previous network meetings and also by means of an email questionnaire sent out to assess training needs. The SPC PGR and RGC Advisers were the main resource people. The course included lectures by various resource people, practical exercises, demonstrations, group discussions, presentations by participants, and a field trip to Koronivia and Nadurulolo Research Stations, just outside Suva. All participants took home a folder containing a large number of resources, including handouts of the main presentations, descriptor lists and other materials relevant to PGR documentation. All these materials, and also background documents on PAPGREN, were provided also on CD-ROM. There was a generally good reaction to the course by participants. Some suggestions for follow-up were made, and these will be pursued by PAPGREN in the coming months. The course was organized by SPC, was supported financially by NZAID and received technical backstopping from IPGRI.
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