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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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
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Sunday, October 02, 2005
Posted 2:58 PM by Luigi
Training at the SPC Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC)
From Valerie Tuia, Curator of the RGC.
Ms Emily Ilaoa a Tissue Culture Manager from the Land Grant Program under the American Samoa Community College is with RGC for 3 days' training. Emily carries out the mass production of improved varieties of taro and bananas from the RGC for evaluation by farmers. This is one of the programs by Land Grant to revive the American Samoa taro industry devastated by the taro leaf blight disease and to provide other alternative potential crops.
Two trainees from Kiribati, Ms Takena Redfern (Agricultural Officer) and Ms Tekataake Oromita (Agricultural Assistant), are also on attachment at RGC for one week, Sept 19 until Sept 23. This is part of the FAO banana project for Kiribati in which RGC supplies improved banana varieties plus training on transferring plants from tissue culture to the soil and other management aspects while in the screenhouse prior to field planting.
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