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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Monday, January 09, 2006
Posted 1:21 PM by Luigi
The latest issue of the DIDINET Newsletter from NARI has a number of interesting articles on PGR, including the following:
Manual for growing and marketing breadfruit for export
A booklet has recently been produced on breadfruit. It is titled “A Manual for the Growing and Marketing of Breadfruit for Export”. It was produced by Nature’s Way Cooperative (Fiji) Ltd. The booklet covers the export market for breadfruit; practices to achieve export quality production; and growing breadfruit in orchards (including air layering, planting, spacing, pests and diseases and harvesting); post-harvest handling; quarantine treatment; financial returns from commercial breadfruit production and marketing.
The booklet can be obtained from Dr Mike Bourke (Mike.Bourke@anu.edu.au) at the Australian National University, Canberra.
Publications on fruit in Samoa
A Fruit Tree Development Program operated in Samoa from 1984 to 2001. It was funded by the UN Development Program for the Ministry of Agriculture in Samoa. A number of publications are available in electronic form from this project, being:
New Fruit for Samoa
For a Fruitful Samoa
Fruit Tree Project - Avocado, mango and citrus management.
The first named document contains notes on 18 fruit species. All of these grow in PNG.
Electronic copies of these files, and the new publication on growing and marketing breadfruit, can be obtained from Mike Bourke (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Australian National University, Canberra.
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