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, July 13, 2006
Posted 5:19 PM by Luigi
The SPC-RGC in the news
Fiji Times, Friday, July 14, 2006
EFFORTS to establish a genetic resource centre to help crop production, particularly in times of natural disasters, received a financial boost of $85,600.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is trying to build a germplasm centre to support agricultural development for its 22-member countries.
On Wednesday the Korean Embassy donated $US50,000 toward the effort.
Germplasm is a term used to describe genetic resources or more precisely the DNA of an organism and collection of that material.
The practice worldwide is to collect plant, animal and bacterial germplasm for use in breeding new organisms and conservation of species.
Korean Ambassador Bong Joo Kim handed over the cheque to the SPC secretary general, Dr Jimmie Rodgers in Nabua on Wednesday.
The centre, which is expected to be relocated to the SPC's campus at Narere, is expected to touch the lives of people in the Pacific by providing a quick restoration of crops following any disaster such as a cyclone and disease epidemics.
The SPC thanked the Korean embassy for the much-needed donation.
The pledge to support the SPC was taken at the fourth conference of the Pacific communities in Palau last year.
"It will serve as a centre for training for Pacific island scientists in tissue culture, cryo-preservation and other methods of plant genetic conservation," said Mr Kim.
He said the contribution demonstrated the Korean government's intention to strengthen and expand ties between Korea and Pacific island countries.
Using techniques of tissue culture, the SPC offers Pacific island countries a chance to share crop varieties and access germplasm from anywhere in the world.
The emphasis is on vegetatively propagated crops for which virus and virus-ike diseases pose a hazard to crop transfer, where alternative methods of transfer are not available, seed is either produced or the crops do not breed true.
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