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, March 05, 2006
Posted 1:49 PM by Luigi
Protesters want university to give up taro patents
By Associated Press.
HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaiian activists, farmers, students and others staged a protest today to demand the University of Hawaii give up patents on several lines of Hawaiian taro plants genetically enhanced by crossbreeding. The patents require farmers who use the three varieties of taro to pay licensing fees to the university and to let officials onto their property to study the plants. Farmers may not sell the seeds. Ania Wieczorek is a spokeswoman for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. She's said it would be up to the scientists who own the patents to revoke them. Taro is used to make poi. Some Native Hawaiians consider the taro a sacred ancestor, linking them to the soil.
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