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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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Posted 2:30 PM by Tevita
Banana R&D updates
From : PROMUSA
GM banana trials in Uganda
With the field-testing of genetically modified (GM) bananas, Uganda takes another step towards developing its own transgenic crops.
Is the banana going extinct?
A new book explores the reasons why the days of the Cavendish banana as an export commodity may be counted.
Assessing the impact of improved varieties of banana in East Africa
A new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute highlights the findings from a set of studies to assess the economic impact of improved banana cultivars and management practices.
The causal agent of Black leaf streak sequenced
The sequencing of the Mycosphaerella fijiensis genome was announced at the first meeting of the ProMusa Crop Protection working group.
Newly elected Chairpersons of the ProMusa working groups
The members of each working group have participated in an electronic election to choose the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of their respective group.
Read more... http://www.promusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=23&Itemid
First ISHS/ProMusa symposium
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