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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Sunday, September 26, 2004
Posted 1:52 PM by Luigi
Nematology training in Kosrae
From Dr PC Josekutty (MPPRC) and Mrs Kenye Killin (Asst. Director CES, Land Grant Program, Kosrae).
One of the world’s leading plant Nematode specialists Prof. Dirk De Waele, Katholike University Leuven, Leuven, Belgium is conducting a nematology training and workshop in Kosrae, FSM (22-28th Sept. 4). In addition to the Agriculture and Land Grant Program staff, Agriculture students and farmers in Kosrae Researchers from Pohnpei and Yap are also participating in the workshop. Dr Murukesan, a researcher from Yap State, FSM carried infected corm samples of swamp taro (Cyrtosperma) from there. Material suffering from the "mystery" disease of corm rot of swamp taro in Yap is found to be infected with a parasitic nematode at unusually high densities according to Prof. Dirk, who has studied nematodes throughout the tropical Asia and Africa.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program of the USDA is funding the training.
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