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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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  • CEPaCT

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    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

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    Thursday, March 10, 2005

    Coconut diversity

    Two very interesting illustrations of coconut diversity. The first is by Rolan Bourdeix of CIRAD, and this is what he says about it:

    "It took me about 10 years to complete this picture, and I am quite happy it is finished now! I think this picture shows most of the diversity of coconut fruit shape in the world. Thanks a lot for all the researchers who helped me to do this picture, and special thanks for Ramon from the Philippines and Mathias Faure from PNG, who were the last to send me missing pictures of Tampakan Tall and Papua Yellow dwarf."

    From left to right, and then up to down, the varieties illustrated are as follows:

    First rank

    1. Papua yellow dwarf, Papua new Guinea (picture taken in PNG)
    2. Tahiti red dwarf, French Polynesia (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    3. Madang brown dwarf, Papua new Guinea (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    4. Cameroon red dwarf, Cameroon (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    5. Spicata tall Samoa, Western Samoa (picture taken in Samoa)
    6. Rotuman tall, Fiji (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    7. Rennell tall, Solomon Islands (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    Second rank

    1. Niu Afa tall, Western Samoa (picture taken in Samoa)
    2. Comoro Moheli Tall, Comoro Island (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    3. Sri Lanka tall Ambakelle, Sri Lanka (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    4. West african tall Akabo, Côte d'Ivoire (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    5. Tuvalu tall Fuafatu, Tuvalu Island (picture taken in Tuvalu)
    6. West african tall Mensah, Côte d'Ivoire (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    7. Miccro Laccadives tall, India (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    Third rank

    1. Vanuatu Tall, Vanuatu (picture taken in Vanuatu)
    2. Malayan yellow dwarf, Malaysia (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    3. Malayan Tall, Malaysia (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    4. Tagnanan Tall, Philippines (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)
    5. Tampakan tall, Philipinnes (picture taken in the Philipinnes)
    6. Kappadam Tall, India (picture taken in Côte d'Ivoire)

      Coconut diversity

    The second picture is by Jean-Pierre Labouisse, also of CIRAD. He used to work on coconut in Vanuatu but is now in Ethiopia and studying coffee.

    This is what he says about his picture:

    "For your reflection, I submit from my side a picture showing the intravarietal diversity in coconut. All of these fruits come from one single plot (2 ha) of Improved Vanuatu Talls created by several cycles of mass selection. It tooks me one day to make this picture."

    Diversity in Vanuatu coconut

    * Comments:

    Thanks very much for this and especially Spicata as well as Niu afa from Samoa. The former I don't recall and wonder where breeder Siaosi Efu is at the moment.
    I checked Parham (1972) Plants of Samoa to find Niu tau'ave/ sasave (Diplothemium henryanum) differing in thick unbranched spadix, spirally-arranged flowers and double spathe. Rare, while Whistler (2000) lists it among common cvs.
    hi there this sounds interesting im a university students and based on my studies i just wannting to know who breedes niu tau'ave/sasave and also are they samoan coconut???
    thanks very much for ya help
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