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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Sunday, January 08, 2006
Posted 12:30 PM by Luigi
Philippines bans Pacific coconuts
From Saturday's Fiji Times.
Coconut palm seedlings, plants and germinated seed nuts from Solomon Islands and nine other Pacific Island Countries are prohibited from entering the Philippines.
The Philippines Government made the move in a bid to prevent the spread of coconut leaf beetle (Brostista longissima) in its coconut-growing areas.
The importation of palm seedlings, plants and germinated seed nuts from countries with known and reported infestation of the fest is strictly prohibited until such time that ecological balance between the pest and its natural enemies has been established, the Manila Bulletin reported early this week.
It reported that the Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) has ordered a quarantine of areas planted to coconuts that are infested by the coconut leaf beetle, Brontista longissima, and prevent its spread to coconut-growing areas in Mindanao.
The Department of Agriculture has Brontista longissima (Gestro) as an invasive quarantine pest of coconut, Cocos mucifera.
This was announced recently by BPI officer-in-charge (OIC) Lealyn A. Ramos even as her office has already moved its crop personnel and quarantine officers in containing the pests with biocontrol agent it has been multiplying and using.
The quarantine order provides measures to regulate and prevent the spread of brontista. The other Pacific Island Countries on the list of banned countries are: American Samoa, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
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