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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Thursday, November 03, 2005
Posted 4:28 PM by Luigi
Center for Conservation of Vegetatively Propagated Plants in Belgium
From CropBiotech Update.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium has been established as the Global Centre of Excellence on Plant Cryobiology. It will be involved in the long-term conservation of vegetatively propagated plants. This was agreed upon by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and K.U. Leuven on 18 October 2005 to commemorate World Food Day. Conservation efforts will include tropical staples such as banana, taro and cassava.
“This is a significant step forward in our efforts to conserve agricultural diversity,” said Emile Frison, Director General of IPGRI. “The point, however, is not simply conservation. Breeders and farmers need the conserved material to adapt crops to meet challenges such as new pests and diseases.”
Read more on K.U.Leuven at http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/english. IPGRI's release on the global center of excellence is at http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/system/page.asp?frame=institute/&pawareness.htm.
These links do not lead to further information about this particular project. I couldnt find any more info on IPGRI's site/Post a Comment
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