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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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Posted 3:50 PM by Luigi
Keeping pandanus alive in Marshalls
From the Marshall Islands Journal Online.
The Women’s Athletic Club is on a pandanus preservation mission to promote and expand the growth and availability of pandanus on Majuro. Researcher Dr. Lois Englberger, who is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF, is helping the club achieve its goals. To date, the energetic ladies have successfully carried out phase one of the project with the 500 grant money they received to purchase pandanus cuttings for planting.
The group recently planted various type of pandanus at Laura, Arrak, Ajeltake, Rairok, Uliga, Delap Elementary School, Anel, and Rita. The species included Loarmwe (24 plants), Luwaju (8), Tobotin (7), Komalij (11), Mwedrikdrik (5), and Edwan en an nelu (5).
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