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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Monday, July 25, 2005
Posted 4:52 PM by Luigi
Has anyone in the Pacific seen this variegated banana?
The following is a call for information from Angela Kay Kepler & Frank Rust, who are writing a book on Hawaii's rare traditional bananas, with comparisons to Pacific varieties (either native or aboriginally introduced).
In Hawaii, where we live, the beautiful variegated banana illustrated below are considered "truly Hawaiian", but we would like to know with more certainty whether they evolved here or were brought by travelling Polynesians from the Central or Western Pacific. (We have found an historical reference to a banana variety having "light green leaves striped with white", occurring on "islands south of Tahiti").
Has anybody, anywhere in the Pacific - except Hawaii - seen this banana variety? It has striking variegated leaves (variably so, with up to 7 colors of cream, light & medium & dark greens), fruits, and even young fruits/female flower ovaries when they first appear.
We know that it was introduced about 30 years ago from Hawaii to the mainland US, where it rarely fruits, and are not interested in photos from California, Florida, etc. We are trying to locate its ancestral form somewhere in Oceania.
We would very much appreciate any comments. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . If you can include photos, that would be even better. Even a sentence to the effect that you remember seeing one on a particular island or a particular country would help. Of course, specific geographical information would be perfect, or people who we could contact for more information.
With grateful thanks!
Angela Kay Kepler & Frank Rust
Dr. Angela Kay Kepler
PO Box 1298
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