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
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Posted 5:42 PM by Tevita
Nutrition information offered in bytes
From : Star Bulletin
By Betty Shimabukurobetty@starbulletin.com
Perhaps it never occurred to you to wonder about this, but a typical Spam musubi has 253 calories and 6 grams of fat. On the plus side, it has 19 milligrams of calcium.
A handful of arare? No fat, and 55 calories.
All this and more can be learned by poking around the new Hawaii Foods Web site, a project of the University of Hawaii-Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.
Try it out at http://www.hawaiifoods.hawaii.edu/.
Don't make the mistake of going to hawaiifoods.com, which takes you to a site for buying food. Hawaii Foods is all about education -- knowing what you're eating. (If you don't want to be frightened, don't look up chicken katsu.)
Beyond explaining the relative evils of your vices, the site offers a comprehensive data base of Asian and Pacific Island foods that can be overlooked in Western references.
A few clicks, for example, takes you to a page about choi sum, or Chinese flowering cabbage, a cooked cup of which -- you can see at a glance -- is high in calcium, potassium and vitamin A. There's even a picture, so you can recognize it at the grocery store.
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