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 7:23 PM by Luigi
Yams in Micronesia
There are two papers posted here on yam diversity and conservation on the Micronesian island of Yap, by Dr Murukesan V. Krishnapillai, a researcher at the Agricultural Experiment Station,
College of Micronesia, Yap Campus. On eis on yam diversity, the other on the role of women in yam conservation.
These were part of a "virtual conference" organized by the International Research Foundation for Development (IRFD) as a contribution to the Barbados +10 - United Nations International Meeting on Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States last year. As part of this effort, IRFD launched the "World Forum on Small Island Developing States: Challenges, Prospects and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development." The objectives were "to continuously Mobilize the Scientific Community to engage in research, policy analysis, and design programs of action to solve major problems faced by small island developing states; and Raise Global Public Awareness on issues of small island developing states through research, education, and dissemination of new knowledge." Also included is a paper by Prof. Randy Thaman of USP I've circulated before, entitled "The Earth’s “Cool Spots” Under Threat: The Conservation Status and the Priority Need for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Atoll Biodiversity and Ethnobiodiversity in The Pacific Islands."
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