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).
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Monday, April 07, 2008
Posted 4:51 PM by Tevita
Bills on GMO taro, await votes
From : Honolulu Advertiser.com
The House will also vote this week on the controversial bill that would put a five-year moratorium on genetically modifying any Hawaiian taro in the state.
However, since the bill does not include non-Hawaiian varieties of taro, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Clift Tsuji said it would not prohibit or discourage research, testing and planting of genetically modified non-Hawaiian taro.
The draft — a compromise between researchers and farmers who consider taro a sacred plant — is unacceptable to many opponents of genetic modification and those worried about cross-pollination between GMO taro and Hawaiian taro, so if Senate Bill 958 SD1 HD2 makes it back to the Senate, it could end up in conference committee.
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