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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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Posted 12:37 PM by Luigi
Atoll PGR Research in Papua New Guinea
From Louis Kurika of NARI in PNG.
The Atoll Research and Development Project at NARI Keravat has a number of components, one of which involves the establishment of the Atoll Germplasm Collection at Keravat. Germplasm collecting is done while team members are out doing baseline surveys of atoll farming systems in the provinces, which is another main component of the project. To date, only a small number of accessions have been collected, but this activity will intensify as we visit atolls in six provinces in PNG in 2005. The project is also distributing NARI recommended lowland varieties of food crops to the atolls to broaden their narrow crop base. The types of crops that are being supplied include: African yam (D. rotundata), drought tolerant sweet potato and cassava varieties, blight resistant taro varieties, open-pollinated corn varieties, varieties of peanuts and bele, popular varieties of banana as well as Alocasia spp. and giant swamp taro. We are at present establishing a fruit and nut orchard in one island group (Duke of York Islands) in East New Britain Province. The orchard will consist of the best eating varieties of fruit and nut trees, like rambutan, durian, mango, mangosteen, citrus, langset, okari, nutmeg etc.
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