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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Thursday, June 29, 2006
Posted 2:14 PM by Luigi
WHO warns betel nut chewers of cancer risk
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 28) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday warned Pacific islanders, including Papua New Guineans, that chewing betel nut with tobacco is a deadly habit. While scientific evidence has classified betel nut to be a human carcinogen - an agent that promotes cancer and is linked to mouth cancer - the United Nations agency and the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) said mixing betel nut and tobacco heightens carcinogens and increased the chewer’s mortality rate. WHO resident representative Dr. Eigil Sorensen was blunt about the dangers of the mix: "We know from studies in India, Pakistan and Taiwan that chewing of betel nut alone is carcinogenic, but with tobacco in the mix, it becomes absolutely deadly." Mixing betel nut and tobacco is popular in Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and on a small scale in PNG though mixing betel nut and locally grown tobacco leaf "brus" is common in some regions.
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