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 Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted 4:33 PM by Tevita
Poor farmers write own crop wishlist
From: ABC News and Science
Plant breeding that combines scientific breeding methods with the local knowledge of poor farmers is being used to improve nutrition among the world's most disadvantaged.
Dr Jacqueline Ashby of the newly launched Rural Innovation Institute in Cali, Colombia, says such "participatory plant breeding" (PPB) involves farmers telling breeders the range of traits they want in a plant, or evaluating varieties before they are officially released.
"Farmers will evaluate varieties right through to the cooking pot," says Ashby, whose institute falls under the auspices of the World Bank-sponsored International Center for Tropical Agriculture
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