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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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Posted 2:34 PM by Luigi
Diabetes and local foods
From Dr Lex Thomson, SPRIG Project Team Leader.
And of course reduce intake of saturated fats, alcohol and so on…
Dear Lex,Post a Comment
Thank you so much for your email on glycaemic index and introducing this to our email participants. This is so important, as you point out!
We have entered into discussion with Dr. Anne Perera from the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research Limited and we are hoping to carry out some research first on phytochemical and antioxidant content of some FSM foods, and hopefully we can also look into fiber and possibly glycaemic index at some time for local food crops.
Also I would like to mention that we have screened over 30 varieties of giant swamp taro for carotenoid and mineral content and 10 varieties of breadfruit for carotenoids.
The findings are exciting!
For example, there are yellow-fleshed varieties of giant swamp taro (Simihden, Mwahng Tekatek, Pwiliet in Pohnpei; Yubekmang, Bolabei in Palau, Adbuweg and Teggur in Yap and others). We are sharing about these in a visual way via photographs and cards.
Vili Iese has shared with us also about how he has been communicating this concept of carotenoid-rich giant swamp taro with farmers in Tuvalu!
A number of Micronesian giant swamp taro varieties are also rich in iron, zinc, and calcium.
Iron and zinc are essential for building strong blood. Anemia (weak blood) greatly affects productivity and cognitive development, among other health problems. so we very much want to share more about the giant swamp taro varieties rich in these essential minerals!!
Again Lex, thank you for sharing this message!!
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