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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Mr Jimi Saelea
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Posted 3:21 PM by Luigi
Genetic ownership rights of mamala tree questioned
ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Beat has an interview with Clark Peteru (SPREP) commenting on the recent agreement between Samoa and the University of California, Berkely on ownership of the genetic sequences of the mamala tree. Below is a brief summary of the interview. You can listen to the whole piece at http://www.abc.net.au/ra/pacbeat/stories/m963004.asx. If a transcript is provided, I'll circulate it.
A prominent environmentalist has expressed outrage over a research agreement between Samoa and an American university. Clark Peteru has slammed both parties for failing to consult the local communities, saying the proposed research over the mamala tree is shrouded in secrecy. Under the agreement, Samoa also extended national sovereignty over the tree as well as its genetic sequence. The bark of the mamala is believed to possess a property which could help fight HIV AIDS.
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