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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Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Posted 4:48 PM by Luigi
New sweet potato project in PNG
From Dr Ian Godwin.
This project aims to understand the genetic basis of “yield stable” sweet potato genotypes, and to develop DNA marker tests to enable these stable varieties to be identified at the outset, rather than waiting for >5 years to enable their selection. This is a collaborative project involving experienced sweet potato breeders and geneticists, with plant molecular geneticists and biologists, and will be performed predominantly at the University of Queensland as a PhD project by Mr Tom Okpul, of the University of Technology, Lae.
The project will be based at the University of Queensland, under the supervision of A/Prof Ian Godwin and Dr Mark Dieters, A/Prof Rob Harding, Queensland University of Technology, and Dr Grahame Jackson, with his involvement in PestNet and the PARCIP Project.
The overall objective of the proposal is to identify diagnostics for the selection of “yield stable” sweet potato genotypes. We will determine the involvement of mutations and possible interaction with virus infection or other stresses on productivity of sweet potato in PNG.
The specific objectives are:
The outcomes will be:
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