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
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Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Monday, April 03, 2006
Posted 4:44 PM by Luigi
Pohnpei in Eden
The Eden Project is a famous project in England, which is described as a “green theme park” with living Biomes, confirmed by the 2004 Guinness Book of Records as the biggest conservatories in the world. See their website at http://www.edenproject.com. Their goals include helping connect plants, people and places, protecting the environment and biodiversity, and educational, environmental and scientific aims.
The Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) was invited in January 2006 to provide photographs and a voice recording for contributing to Eden Project’s permanent banana exhibit. Dr Andrew Ormerod, Eden Project’s Specialist in Economic Botany Research and Development, is excited about the Pohnpei Bananas poster, Karat postal stamps and the unique Pohnpei banana varieties. He has asked IFCP that the voice recording be about a minute in length. This should be part of the permanent exhibit so that so that when visitors walk by the exhibit, they would see the photos of Pohnpei bananas and also hear a person from Pohnpei talking about this crop.
Adelino Lorens agreed to talk about the importance of banana to Pohnpeians, how they are grown and consumed, the many non-food uses, and also about some of the unique Pohnpei varieties and why they are special. Erik Steffen of Micronesian Seminar recorded this last Wednesday 22 March 2006, and we are now in the process of sending this to the Eden Project.
We look forward to hearing about the next steps in Pohnpei’s involvement in Eden Project’s permanent banana exhibit. Thank you very much to Dr. Ormerod of Eden Project for involving us and also to Dr. Anne Vezina of the International Network for the Improvement in Banana and Plantain, who mentioned to Dr. Ormerod about the Pohnpei bananas and the possibility of our involvement!
Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
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