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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).




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

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    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

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

    Pacific news
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2005

    Breadfruit and health

    From Dr Lois Englberger of the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.

    I would like to share with you electronically the text of our newspaper article in the Health Corner of the present Kaselehlie Press newspaper issue. Thank you to the Mand Community ladies for their recipes and also to the Kaselehlie Press for their support!

    Eat More Breadfruit for Health Benefits!

    Breadfruit is one of Micronesia’s nutrition treasures, rich in energy, which the body needs for warmth, work and play. Breadfruit is also rich in fiber, the part of plants that the body cannot digest. Research has shown that fiber can help diabetes control as it reduces the absorption of glucose (sugar) from the food that is eaten. A study reported in April 2005 at the American Heart Association’s 6th Annual Conference in Washington D. C. showed that subjects who increased their fiber intake were able to decrease their levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides, all substances which increase heart risk, whereas the levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol increased (which is a health benefit). Fiber also helps make our intestines and bowels work properly.

    It is currently recommended that adults consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day. Two cups of boiled breadfruit at lunch and dinner would provide 25 grams. On the other hand, white rice is very low in fiber content. Two cups of rice at lunch and dinner would provide only 6.8 grams!! If eaten in large quantities, breadfruit can also provide a large proportion of the recommended requirements for vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus and iron.
    Two Pingelapese breadfruit recipes, Seipwok in Mei and Kemelis, were recently presented in Mand, as a part of the Documentation of the Traditional Food System of Pohnpei project, coordinated by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei. Ihser George presented her dish of Seipwok in Mei on June 9, and Mary Edward brought Kemelis (a delicious rare treat!!) on June
    20. So let’s try their recipes, eat breadfruit, and enjoy health benefits!

    Seipwok in Mei


    3-4 breadfruit
    2 coconuts, grated


    1. Wash, cut in pieces, and place in a basin of water.
    2. Peel, core, and place in a cooking pot.
    3. Add plenty of water to the grated coconut and prepare coconut cream, squeezing over breadfruit.
    4. Fill the pot with the coconut cream, covering the top of the breadfruit.
    5. Boil until done, about 45 minutes to an hour, and serve.
    Note: Some add sugar and salt, but this is not needed. For good health they are best to avoid or use very sparingly.

    Kemelis in Mei


    3-5 breadfruit (smooth-skinned breadfruit are best)
    3-4 coconuts

    1. Wash, cut in pieces, and place in a basin of water.
    2. Peel, core, and place in a cooking pot.
    3. Add water and boil until done, about 45 minutes to an hour.
    4. Remove a portion of the breadfruit and pound while still hot (the remaining breadfruit should be left to continue cooking to remain hot, this keeps it sticky and holds the balls together).
    5. Roll in freshly grated coconut, making balls of about 2 inches in diameter, and serve.
    Note: Some add sugar and salt, but this is not needed. For good health they are best to avoid or use very sparingly.


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