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, October 23, 2006
Posted 6:15 PM by Luigi
Breadfruit Promoted at Maui Farm Fair
From Dr Diane Ragone of The Breadfruit Institute.
The Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden, took breadfruit on the road by participating in the 84th Maui County Fair held September 28-30 and October 1. The fair is one of the most popular events on Maui and organizers expected more than 92,000 people to attend. The Maui County Farm Bureau helped coordinate the extensive horticultural (orchids, tropical fruits and vegetables, flower arrangements, and more) displays and related exhibits. The Institute's booth included several varieties of live trees and samples of fruits and leaves from the extensive breadfruit field genebank at Kahanu Garden in Hana. Printed information, displays and cooking demonstrations were held daily. Seeing and tasting breadfruit was a first-time experience for many of the hundreds of visitors to the booth, including those from the U.S. mainland. Some island residents were unfamiliar with how to grow and use this versatile fruit and indicated they would like to eat more breadfruit and were interested in recipes and how to grow the trees. The Breadfruit Institute plans to continue participating in local fairs and other events to improve local understanding and appreciation of breadfruit.
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