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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Thursday, September 02, 2004
Posted 7:01 PM by Luigi
Regional genebank directory ready
One of the key elements of the Pacific Agricultural PGR Action Plan is the exchange of information on ex situ collections. A Directory of Plant Genetic Resources Collections in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories is now available at
and will soon be published by SPC (with technical support fromIPGRI and funding from NZAID and ACIAR). This responds to the need of PGR users in the region to know what Pacific germplasm is maintained where, both within the region and outside it. It also highlights the considerable commitment to – and investment in – the ex situ conservation of PGR that is being made by countries and regional and international organizations in the Pacific. The information was provided by the managers of the different genebanks and by national PGR focal points, all of whom are listed in the text, and to all of whom we extend our thanks. Although the focus has been on food crops, in the interest of closer collaboration between the agricultural and forestry sectors on genetic resources conservation we have included the ex situ collections of forest tree species maintained by the South Pacific Regional Initiative on Forest Genetic Resources (SPRIG) Project. These data were provided by SPRIG national collaborators and the project team leader, Dr Lex Thompson. We thank them too, and look forward to the continued sharing of information between agriculture and forestry programmes in the Pacific. We have much to learn from each other.
This Directory necessarily provides no more than a snapshot of the situation as of mid-2004, but the information will be kept regularly updated by SPC in a publicly accessible database. It will also be fed into global efforts to maintain genebank information by IPGRI and FAO. In fact, the information for Fiji and Papua New Guinea in this directory was gathered as part of an FAO-supported process of establishing a national information sharing mechanism on the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of PGRFA. We would encourage other countries to establish similar mechanisms. There are doubtless inaccuracies and gaps in the data presented here, and changes are bound to occur, so please contact SPC if you have any comments or suggestions for improvement. To facilitate the updating process, we provide empty forms which may be filled in for each genebank and sent to the SPC or IPGRI contacts listed in the directory. We welcome all feedback.
Both SPC and IPGRI hope that the information brought together for the first time in this Directory of Plant Genetic Resources Collections in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories, and in the accompanying database, will help make the conservation and use of PGR in the Pacific more effective and more efficient, and so better able to serve the needs of both this and future generations of Pacific peoples.
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