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
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Sunday, January 08, 2006
Posted 8:04 PM by Luigi
Darwin's Harvest: New Approaches to the Origins, Evolution, and Conservation of Crops
Edited by Timothy J. Motley, Nyree Zerega, and Hugh Cross
Publisher's blurb: Darwin's Harvest addresses concerns that we are losing the diversity of crop plants that provide food for most of the world. With contributions from evolutionary biologists, geneticists, agronomists, molecular biologists, and anthropologists, this collection discusses how economic development, loss of heirloom varieties and wild ancestors, and modern agricultural techniques have endangered the genetic diversity needed to keep agricultural crops vital and capable of adaptation. Drawing on the most up-to-date data, the contributors review the utilization of molecular techniques to understand crop evolution. They explore current research on various crop plants of both temperate and tropical origin, including maize, sunflower, avocado, sugarcane, and wheat. The chapters in Darwin's Harvest also provide solid background for understanding many recent discoveries concerning the origins of crops and the influence of human migration and farming practices on the genetics of our modern foods.
The following chapters concern crops of interest to the Pacific:
Molecular evidence of sugarcane evolution and domestication.
Laurent Grivet, Jean-Christophe Glaszmann, and Angelique D'Hont. pp. 49-66.
Breadfruit origins, diversity and human-facilitated distribution.
Nyree Zerega, Diane Ragone, and Timothy J. Motley. pp 213-238.
Genetic Relationships Between Dioscorea alata L. and D. nummularia Lum. as revealed by AFLP markers.
Roger Malapa, Jean-Louis, Noyer, Jean-Leu Marchand, and Vincent Lebot. pp. 239-268.
Evolution, domestication, and agrobiodiversity in the tropical crop cassava.
Barbara A. Schaal, Kenneth M. Olsen, and Luiz J.C.B Carvalho. pp. 269-284.
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