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
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Posted 7:20 PM by Luigi
From Viliamu Iese, who's just completed an MSc at USP on Giant Swamp Taro, looking at ethnobotany and morphological and molecular diversity.
I am attending a three months training in Thailand sponsored by the UNESCO and National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) Thailand. I am based in the Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory in the BIOTEC, Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani, Thailand. This is the first time Pacific Islanders join this research-training program in BIOTEC. Other participants come from Vietnam and Myanmar. There are two of us representing the Pacific Islands, myself and Mr Ritesh Raju from Institute of Applied Sciences, USP. He is working on hot springs bacteria enzyme extraction and characterization.
I am screening the rice population here in Thailand for salt tolerant genes. The population includes parents, salt tolerant rice var. Hom Chan (HJ) and the high yield salt sensitive Pathum Thani rice (PT1), the selected F2 salt tolerant and salt sensitive rice offspring. Overall there will be 90 plants. There will be 52 SSR primers (from 12 chromosomes) to screen rice population for the Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for salt tolerance. The outcome of this research will provide baseline information to map the salt tolerant QTL in Thai rice and also useful to select parents for next cycle of breeding. For the long run, this will produce new salt tolerant high yield rice varieties that can grow in saline areas.
I think the Pacific will benefit from the technology I am learning here, especially using molecular markers to find important genes in plants and also to select parents for breeding programs. Hopefully we can implement molecular markers based selection in our plant improvement programs.
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