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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    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Bioversity International
    Vavilov–Frankel Fellowships 2008

    Bioversity International established the Fellowship Fund in 1989, to commemorate the unique
    contributions to plant science of Academician Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov and Sir Otto Frankel. To
    date, 31 scientists from 21 developing countries have received awards to carry out innovative
    research related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources, outside of their home
    countries for a period of three months to one year. Two Fellowship opportunities will be available for 2008 to carry out research on topics such as new conservation technologies and strategies, socioeconomic and human aspects of conservation and use including community
    based conservation, the role of traditional knowledge in management and conservation of PGR and contribution of plant genetic resources to improved nutrition, the role of intra and inter-specific diversity in production systems, germplasm management, forest genetic resources, policy development, genetic erosion assessment and mitigation, pre-breeding and base broadening, development of trait based collections and conservation and utilization of specific
    crops, particularly those that are neglected and under-utilized. Work solely on plant breeding or molecular characterization will not be selected. Applicants must show in the proposal how the knowledge and expertise gained will be applied after the Fellowship in the framework of a national or regional programme or in a developing country. The maximum award per Fellow will be US$20 000 which is intended to cover travel, stipend, bench fees, equipment, conference participation, publications and so on. One of the Fellowships will be supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., United States. The second Fellowship is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Proposals for the second Fellowship should address any of the above topics, should be carried out at an Australian research institute and meet at least one of the following four additional criteria:

    􀂃 Target a species that is a priority for both Australia and the home country
    􀂃 Target an alternative, neglected or underutilized species with either environmental or economic potential for Australia
    􀂃 Work on any of the following specific crops: wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, cereal rye, triticale, maize, canary
    seed, millets/panicum, canola, linseed, safflower, soybeans, sunflowers, chickpeas, cowpeas, fababeans,
    field peas, lentils, lupins, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts, pigeon peas and vetch
    􀂃 Use biotechnology in support of efficient use of plant genetic resources
    Applications are invited from nationals of developing countries, aged 35 or under, holding a masters degree (or equivalent) and/or doctorate in a relevant subject area. The list of eligible countries is available on the World Bank web site http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DATASTATISTICS/Resources/CLASS.XLS (“Income group”: “lowincome” and “lower-middle income” only). Application forms and guidelines for preparation of research proposals (in English, French and Spanish) can be downloaded from Bioversity International web site http://www.bioversityinternational.org/About_Us/Fellowships/Vavilov-

    Frankel_Fellowship/index.asp#2008_Call_for_Application or send a request to: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships, Bioversity International, Via dei Tre Denari 472/a, 00057 Maccarese, Rome, Italy; Fax:(39)0661979661; Email e.rossetti@cgiar.org. Applications must be in English, French or Spanish and should include a covering letter, completed application form, full curriculum vitae, research proposal (which should follow the guidelines provided), a letter of acceptance from the proposed host institute indicating agreement with the content of the research proposal and other agreements as specified in the “Guidelines for preparation of research proposal” and a letter of support from an institute in a developing country (preferably the home institute) which should specify why the research is important to the institute, how the research will be applied to the benefit of the institute and/or country and should also identify the support that will be provided to the applicant upon return. Applications should be sent by mail, fax or email to the above address. Applications must be received at Bioversity International by 5 November 2007 and the selections will be finalized by 31 March 2008. The successful applicants will be informed by 30 April 2008 and are required to take up their Fellowships before 31 December 2008. Awards can be held concurrently with other sources of support. IPGRI and INIBAP operate under the name of Bioversity International is a Future Harvest Centre supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

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