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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Thursday, September 30, 2004
Posted 4:37 PM by Luigi
Sea level rise and taro on Tuvalu
A short article in Orion magazine talks about how "global warming is coming first for the Tuvaluans ... suddenly the spring high tides are washing across the island of Funafuti, eroding foundations and salt-poisoning crops in the fields. Tuvalu ... is drowning. Tuvaluans have begun to work out plans for evacuating the population over the course of the next decades as the sea rises."
The article includes a picture of a taro plant accompanied by this caption:
"In recent years, taro plants, a food staple, have become weakened, the leaves damaged by salt as rising seas infiltrate groundwater tables. Increasingly, Tuvaluans rely upon imported food."
Clearly, reliance on imported foods is not primarily a consequence of increased salinity affecting local crops, but it is interesting to see such a statement in the popular press.
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