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

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

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
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    Monday, March 24, 2008

    We organize the Vth "CIPAM" : "Colloque International sur les Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales" from 3 to 6 november 2008 at Nouméa

    From : APPAM

    The International Symposium on Aromatic and Medicinal plants (CIPAM) brings together participants from french overseas regions and other communities. It was first staged in Reunion Island in 2000 then took place in Guadeloupe (2001), French Guiana (2004) and French Polynesia in 2006. It will next be hosted by New Caledonia in 2008 (5th CIPAM) before a possible date in Paris in 2010.


    CIPAM 5 aims to promote the understanding and beneficial use of the aromatic and medicinal plants of New Caledonia and its geographical area, but also of all overseas territories and regions. To include a topic specific to New Caledonia, a theme relating to indigenous (native or endemic) plants offering ornamental and horticultural development potential is included. The goal is to give impetus to research and facilitate cooperation between stakeholders and scientific community specialists, industrial and economic stakeholders, traditional practitioners and members of the Melanesian community in the areas concerned.

    After the symposium, the information and papers presented will be published; a list of resource persons will be circulated; possible projects or production agreements could be considered or facilitated; scientific and technological cooperation arrangements will probably emerge. Lastly, the most up-to-date information on regulations and legislation on these plants in the Pacific, France, Europe and the United States will have been offered to all.

    The symposium will take place over 3 ½ days, with the opening at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre and 3 days of discussion at the IRD Noumea Centre. Attending will be specialist scientists but also industry professionals and traditional knowledge holders.

    Natural substances of terrestrial origin and their bioactivity
    Fragrances and cosmetics
    Tinctorial substances
    Legislation on aromatic and medicinal plants and their economic use.
    Research on traditional pharmacopoeias, medicinal plants, ethno-pharmacological approach, laboratory assessments.

    It is relevant to state that the Pacific contains a major part of the world’s linguistic diversity and that investigation proceeds by cultural regions as defined by language.

    Guest of Honour: Dr. Jacques Fleuventin, President of the French Society of Ethnopharmacology.

    Plants containing essential oils, fragrant substances or terpenoids.

    The perfume and cosmetic industries are always seeking new fragrances, with research focussing on terpenoids and essential oils.

    Guest of Honour: Prof. Chantal Menut, ENSC, Montpellier

    Chemistry of Natural Substances.

    This cross-cutting topic is related to natural substances and their activity. Chemistry and biology are therefore essential tools for identifying the structure-activity relationship of bioactive molecules, especially those of therapeutic value.

    Guest of Honour: Prof. Yoshi Asakawa, University of Tokushima Burni, Japan.

    Tinctorial Natural Substances.

    Research on tinctorial plants is frequently based on an ethno-botanical approach and the investigation of natural substances, many of which have cyclic structures or conjugated double bonds. This research is at an early stage in the Pacific.

    Guest of Honour: Dr. Dominique Cardon, CNRS.

    Native Ornamental Plants.

    Plant genetic resources for the development of potential ornamental plants will be the main topic of this session. Relatively recent in New Caledonia, this theme is following the world trend of new ornamentals adapted to each region. It is also a way to fill the global market’s demand for innovative products.

    Guest of Honour: Dr. Margaret Johnston, Floriculture Programme, University of Queensland.

    Cultural, Heritage and Legal Aspects.

    The legal aspects of the ethno-pharmacological approach, the legal protection of traditional knowledge, intellectual property and the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in New Caledonia and in the Pacific will be addressed.

    Guest of Honour: Dr. Clark Peteru, Samoan lawyer and founder member of the Call of the Earth Programme, Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

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