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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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Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
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Dr Maurice Wong
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Sunday, October 15, 2006
Posted 2:13 PM by Luigi
Ethnobotany in Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
Dana Lee Ling, Professor at the College of Micronesia-FSM National Campus, has shared with us some wonderful photos and descriptions of local island food dishes as documented by the students of the COM-FSM SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany Class this last week (October 13, 2006).
Some of the photos include uht sukusuk (a pounded banana dish), uht piahia (whole banana cooked with coconut cream), and other banana, tapioca, and Cyrtosperma taro dishes. Two of the dishes are presented in beautifully woven baskets of different types.
In addition an interesting discussion is presented on spelling variants and the constructivist theory of education where knowledge is jointly built. In this course the students themselves provide the spellings of the dishes. It is clearly stated that these are not intended to be the official spellings.
See here below and thank you very much Dana and students!!!
The ethnobotany course food presentations: http://www.comfsm.fm/~dleeling/ethnobotany/63food_presentations.html
In ethnobotany I am experimenting with a course-level portfolio. This is a work in progress which can be seen at:
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
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