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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Monday, July 31, 2006
Posted 9:03 PM by Luigi
Palau President Elated That UH Has Released Taro Patents
Pacific Magazine, August 1, 2006
(Palau Govt PR) - The University of Hawaii (UH) has filed terminal disclaimers with the US Patent Office dissolving all of its proprietary interests in three genetically-enhanced crossbred taro plant varieties.
After a UH researcher successfully crossbred taro crops from Hawaii and Palau, three strains confirmed resistance to a plant disease called the Taro Leaf Blight (TLB). After patents were granted in 2002, farmers who used the patented taro varieties had to pay fees to the University.
President Remengesau sent a letter to UH President David McClain expressing relief and appreciation for lifting the taro patents. Now anyone can plant, harvest, trade, and use the three taro varieties without having to pay royalties to UH.
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