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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    Underutilized Species News Update

    From : GFU

    Dear GFU news readers,

    Welcome to our monthly news update.
    All items below are also posted on our home page (http://www.underutilized-species.org/)

    We are delighted to let you know about a static version of GFU web site that will allow browsing off line. This should help in creating connections and spreading information about underutilized species amongst the less or non connected stakeholders.

    "Greater appreciation of local crops" - On the occasion of the 11th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on GRFA, the GFU will organize a side event to draw the attention of the Commission delegates to underutilized crops and their importance for the livelihoods of the rural and urban poor. The final objective is to eventually contribute to a change in national and international policies in such a way that they stimulate and enable the enhanced use of these important resources.

    We shall also be in Johannesburg during the same days at the FARA AGM and we will be there with a booth with information material and displays.
    Our interest is to raise attention amongst the attending stakeholders and delegations about the importance underutilized species carry.

    The database "Underutilized Species" is growing and if anyone would like to take ownership on a particular plant species you are more than welcome, let us know about experts, expertise and suggestions of any kind that will help us improve our service.

    We look forward to hearing from you about anything you would like to share and see included on this platform.

    Please let us know if you would like to be removed from this distribution list

    Thank you,
    Your GFU team.


    Experts added to the list this month
    Damiana Astudillo
    Emmanuel Kwon-Ndung
    and two projects
    Understanding and managing the genetic diversity of Noug (Guizotia abyssinica) for its improvement
    Enhancing the contribution of Nutritious but Neglected crops to Food Security and to Incomes of Rural Poor: Bolivia Component Quinoa
    To learn about and contribute to this database follow the link Who is doing What
    Here the links to search for Experts, Projects and Institutions

    The potential of small holder technology in quinoa producing communities of the Southern Bolivian Altiplano

    2nd National Jatropha curcas L. conference
    International Conference „Value chains for broad-based development“ 30 – 31 May 2007, Berlin, Germany
    Global Scientific Challenges: Perspectives from Young Scientists -An international conference celebrating 75 years of ICSU
    The Role of Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Conservation
    5th International Symposium on New Crops and Uses: their role in a rapidly changing world
    5th European Association for South-East Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Conference, Naples 2007
    XII OPTIMA Meeting Org. for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area
    Orphan crops conference - New approaches to plant breeding of orphan crops in Africa
    Second PROTA International Workshop and Investors' Forum
    Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity (COHAB 2007) Galway, Ireland
    European AgroBiodiversity Day (EAD)
    Tropentag 2007 - 'Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs'
    8th African Crop Science Society Conference to be held in El-Minia, Egypt, 27- 31 October 2007.
    Tenth International Congress of Ethnobiology in Cusco Peru (ICE 2007)
    Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity 2007
    Conference on Native Breeds and Varieties as part of natural and cultural heritage with international participation
    International Symposium “Underutilized Plants for food, nutrition, income and sustainable development”
    Online Academic Course on NTFP Culture & Management
    WI - Market access and sustainable development - 2007
    WI - Training programme for the Food industry and agribusiness - 2007
    Plant genetic resources and seeds Policies, conservation and use - Ethiopia, September 17 – October 12, 2007
    Conservation & sustainable use of plant genetic resources in agriculture - The Netherlands, May 21 – June 29, 2007
    Enhancing agrobiodiversity use: markets and chains - The Netherlands, 21 May – 1 June 2007
    Call for Concept Notes: Action Research on "Value Chains and the Rural Poor in Disadvantaged Regions"
    "The Wholeness of Creation"
    Organic Link
    FANRPAN - Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
    AGROMISA - Knowledge Centre for Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture
    FRAMEweb - Knowledge sharing for the natural resources management community
    Quantitative risk assessment strategies for novel foods – NOFORISK
    Marula Natural Products company
    Useful Plants Garden at Kirstenbosch
    Different species of native plants can help communities tackle issues with too much or too little water
    Marango - Cultivo y utilización en la alimentación animal
    West meets East for diverse recipes
    Bamboo, an alternative crop
    Indigenous plant benefits San
    Institute for traditional medicines
    Jatropha: creating desert solutions
    Marula breaks into beauty market
    Going native with plants: A new-old direction for water conservation
    Suggested Cultural Practices for Moringa UPDATED!
    Hidden in the Herbs
    Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity
    Pachamama, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s newsletter on traditional knowledge issues
    Plant story - Oxytenanthera abyssinica
    Provision of Vitamin A Through Utilization of Local Food Materials in Rural Parts of Western Kenya
    Moringa leaves: strategies, standards and markets for a better impact on nutrition in Africa
    Improved health and livelihoods with African indigenous vegetables

    ------------------------------Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized SpeciesVia dei Tre Denari 472/a00057 MACCARESE (Fiumicino)Rome, Italye-mail: mailto:punderutilized-species@cgiar.orgtel: +39 06 6118-302fax: +39 06 61979661http://www.underutilized-species.org/------------------------------

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