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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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Posted 1:22 PM by Luigi
Australasian Plant Breeding Conference
The 13th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 18-21 April 2006. The following is from the conference website.
"The main theme for the 13th APBC is “Breeding for Success: Diversity in Action”. Our aim is to highlight the economic, sociological and environmental benefits of plant breeding and plant biology in Australia, New Zealand and South-east Asia, and to look at progress in addressing a range of challenges that face our primary industries. New Zealand’s economy in particular is dependent on its plant-based industries and the 2006 conference will highlight the essential role that plant breeding and the wider plant sciences have played in its development and will play in its future. The diversity of crops that are in commercial use in Australasia is broad and our six core themes should allow the full breadth of research activity within these crops to be presented. The involvement of researchers working with minor crops in particular provides opportunity for more robust discussion of key issues and a greater exchange of ideas."
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