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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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Posted 2:02 PM by Luigi
Karat in Eden
From Dr Lois Englberger.
I would like to share with you about the new article out on Karat (banana) in the Eden Project’s Friends Magazine, pages 6-7 of the Summer 2006, Number 23 issue. This was written by Andrew Ormerod, of the Eden Project who has taken a special interest in Karat.
The article is near the front of the magazine, closely following Queen Elizabeth of England and her visit to the Eden project! What prestige this presents to Karat!
The article presents photos of the four FSM postal stamps of Karat and discusses Karat’s unique characteristics and rich nutrient content and health benefits, as well as about the Island Food Community of Pohnpei and its aims and projects. The article also presents a map of Pohnpei along with a world map, to help international readers learn about Pohnpei’s location.
For those of you who are interested, I am happy to send you an electronic copy of the magazine and article (3 MB).
You may recall an earlier message to you this year. 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.
So, for those readers who are on island, let us take care of Karat, planting and caring for it, if we have that option, and also taking the opportunity of purchasing it. There are now several beautiful bunches available for sale at and near Ellen’s Market!!
A special thank you again to Andrew for giving this international coverage to Pohnpei’s unique Karat banana!
Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Tel: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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