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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Thursday, December 08, 2005
Posted 11:12 PM by Luigi
Nauru Keen To Relearn Food Gardening
Pacific Magazine, Tuesday: December 6, 2005
The Food and Agriculture Organisation says it is getting a very good response as it encourages Nauruans to start growing their own food.
Agriculture on the island has been largely ignored over the past two generations with the people relying on imported food.
With the collapse of the economy that is no longer possible, and food security, through the fostering of local agriculture, was part of a sustainable development strategy presented to aid donors last week.
Manase Felemi, of the FAO, says the organisation’s been developing gardening skills with an emphasis on community plots, and this has been widely appreciated on the island.
“What we have found is that a lot of the people who come to the group training at the community level - not only have they participated in the preparation of the community plot, but they have gone back home and started preparing their own plots - making preparations to plant their own small gardens in the backyard, which is a very positive development in this project and it’s a very encouraging sign.”
Reported By RNZI
I was just in Nauru - and was rather disappointed to find out that many of the people who have expressed interest in growing foods have picked non-indigenous and quite high-maintenance crops such as lettuce and cucumber - and also fairly low nutrient density.
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This from Nutra USA
Mangosteen making an impact in US
12/21/2005 - Mangosteen, a little-known fruit from southeast Asia, ranks amongst the antioxidant-rich ‘superfruits’ that have attracted increasing interest from industry and consumers this year, and awareness looks set to grow in the coming year.
The fruit, which originates from southeast Asia, is still relatively unknown in the United States.
Some studies have investigated the role of mangostin, one of a family of active compounds known as xanthones, in inhibiting the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol and the activity of PGE2, COX-1, and COX-2 (prostaglandin E2 and cyclooxygenases-1 and -2) – key factors involved in inflammatory conditions.
Datamonitor's ProductScan Online identified mangosteen as one of several antioxidant-rich fruits that, together, make up one of its top ten trends to watch in 2006.
Director Tom Vierhile told NutraIngredients-USA.com that three food and beverage products were identified by the market researcher in 2005, compared to two in 2004 and one in 2003.
Whilst this indicates a trickle rather than a flood, he said that there is “some interest in the benefits of superfruits like mangosteen and pomegranate, so we are seeing companies turn these into headline products”.
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