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, March 10, 2005
Posted 1:58 PM by Luigi
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:
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."
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???Post a Comment
thanks very much for ya help
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