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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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Posted 3:35 PM by Luigi
Unique foods of the Pacific
Here are some exciting news!! The high nutrient values of unique foods from Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap of the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Kiribati are being highlighted this week in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 19 and 20, 2006, as part of the 30th National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC). This was planned to coincide partly with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition, see the details on the NNDC at the ADA website:
Dr. Suzanne Murphy, co-chair of the session titled “Unique Foods of the Pacific”, has invited me to participate and give an oral presentation. The title is “Provitamin A carotenoids in bananas? The surprisingly high level of micronutrients in several staple foods from Micronesia.”
To summarize, I will present about the rich micronutrient content in bananas (uht), giant swamp taro (mwahng), and pandanus (kipar or deipw). All three are rich in provitamin A carotenoids. Giant swamp taro is also particularly rich in minerals, and Karat (banana) is rich in riboflavin or vitamin B2.
There are a number of co-authors including Adelino Lorens from Pohnpei, Julia Alfred from the Marshall Islands, Tinai Iuta from Kiribati, and researchers from the laboratories, including Dr. Bill Aalbersberg from the University of the South Pacific, Dr. Joseph Schierle and Dr. Peter Hofmann from DSM Nutritional Products, Dr. Julia Humphries from the University of Adelaide, and Dr. Alvin Huang from the University of Hawaii.
Thank you Suzanne for inviting me and allowing us to share about the exciting news of the rich nutrient content of local island foods. Thank you also to all those people assisting in the sample collection and description and to the funding agencies making this work possible including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention/UNICEF, Sight and Life, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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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