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, February 03, 2005
Posted 2:05 PM by Luigi
Developing an information system for taro pests
From SPC's Pacific Pest Info Newsletter.
An information and diagnostic package for taro pests in the Pacific is under development after the successful completion of a workshop for SPC staff at SPC Nabua. The workshop was the start-up for a new ACIAR-funded project called “TaroPest: An information and diagnostics package for taro pests of the South Pacific”. It is designed to be an information package that can be used by biosecurity officers, researchers and extension staff to allow them to easily access information they need that is designed appropriately. A preliminary version of the package is planned for completion in six months and SPC is looking forward to road testing the diagnostic system to PICTs. The team will particularly be looking for feedback on how easy it is to use the information system, appropriate design of the components and whether it serves the needs of users. Collaborating partners in the development of this information system include PNG’s National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) and the Queensland University of Technology. As the technician on this project, SPC has recruited Mr Sarlesh Kumar, who has been with Koronivia Research Station plant protection section since 2000 and has work experience in both pathology and entomology. For more information contact the SPC project leader Dr Jacqui Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are pleased to announce the launch of the first beta-version of TaroPest, an identification and information kit for pests (diseases, insects, nematodes, etc) of taro in the South Pacific. TaroPest is the product of an ACIAR funded project involving the SPC Plant Protection Service, [PNG] National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Agency, and the Queensland University of Technology.Post a Comment
TaroPest is aiming to be a one-stop-shop for information concerning regional pests of taro, with the target audience being quarantine/biosecurity officers, plant protection workers and field extension officers. While currently web based, TaroPest will eventually be available on CD-Rom, with printable hard-copy options. The product is free to access and use. Please visit TaroPest at http://taropest.sci.qut.edu.au.
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