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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    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

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Pacific biotechnology networking

    From Dr Mary Taylor (Regional Germplasm Centre Adviser, SPC), news that the following statement was made by Mr Hans Dencker Thulstrup (Science Programme Specialist, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States) at a meeting of the Board of the UNESCO Regional Network for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology in Southeast Asia in Bangkok on 11 March 2005. The meeting of the Pacific Islands Biotechnology Working Group in February mentioned in the statement was supported by CTA.

    Statement to the Board of the UNESCO Regional Network for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology in Southeast Asia

    During 14-17 February 2005, representatives of national, regional and international organizations engaged in biotechnology-related work in the Pacific Islands region met in Nadi, Fiji, to consider the consolidation and enhancement of regional networking and cooperation on biotechnology.

    Over four days of active discussions, the group took stock of ongoing science and technology work in the Pacific islands region with particular reference to biotechnology. Several key conclusions were reached on the need for an active and coordinated effort to enhance technical, human and institutional capacity for science and technology – and in particular biotechnology - in the Pacific island countries.

    A significant outcome of the meeting was the formation of an informal and flexible Pacific Islands Biotechnology Working Group, initially to be coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community with active engagement and commitment from a wide range of national, regional, and international agencies.

    Further to the establishment of the Working Group itself, a number of tangible commitments for practical follow-up action were made by the group. These included:

    • calling upon Pacific island governments to formally recognize the role of science and technology for sustainable development in the Pacific island countries
    • the identification of the Working Group as the focal point for regional, inter-regional and international networking on biotechnology
    • the commitment by group members to undertake a broad-based and intersectoral public awareness and education effort to ensure a wide recognition of the contributions of Pacific island countries and communities
    • the identification of specific, tangible areas for biotechnology - priority capacity building
    • the establishment of an on-line register of Pacific biotechnology capacity to ensure optimal coordination and utilization of existing Pacific expertise

    A Statement of the Participants of the Pacific Islands Biotechnology Working Group was adopted and will be widely distributed nationally, regionally and internationally announcing the achievements and progress made during the Nadi February discussions.

    Participating group members agreed to utilize the international networks available to them to further knowledge of Pacific science and technology beyond the region, in recognition of the currently limited dissemination of information to the international community.

    Towards this end, the Working Group considers participation in the UNESCO Regional Network for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology in Southeast Asia as an excellent opportunity to develop and strengthen linkages between the Pacific and the wider region.

    The Working Group herewith asks the Board to consider the inclusion of a representative of the Working Group as an informally appointed representative of the Pacific to the Network. It is proposed that the provisional representative for the Working Group be Dr Mary Taylor of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Suva, Fiji. The subsequent participation of members of the Working Group in network activities will take place on a rotating basis to be elaborated by the Working Group.

    Mr Hans Thulstrup of the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa, will provide support to and coordination of the Working Group’s participation in the Network’s activities.

    Contact details of Dr Taylor and Mr Thulstrup are:

    Dr Mary Taylor
    Regional Germplasm Adviser
    Secretariat of the Pacific Community
    Private Mail Bag
    phone: (679) 3379 271 / 3370 733 xtn 271
    fax: (679) 3370 021
    email: maryt@spc.int

    Mr Hans Dencker Thulstrup
    Science Programme Specialist
    UNESCO Office for the Pacific States
    P O Box 615
    Tel: (685) 24276
    Fax: (685) 26593
    Email: hans@unesco.org.ws or h.thulstrup@unesco.org

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