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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Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
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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, June 17, 2008
Posted 9:45 AM by Tevita
FRAZER BULE LEHI
From : PAPGREN Officer
One of the Pacific's Senior Plant Genetic Resources Specialist and also Head of the Agricultural Research Division in Vanuatu passed away last Saturday. Frazer was also a pioneering and current member of the Plant Genetic Resource Officer Steering committee and also a representative of the Vanuatu Government, to the Network until his death.
The last phone conversation I had with him was on the 10th of June 2008 where he related to me that he has been sick for the last 2 months. He sadly passed away of Cancer few days later on the 14th of June, 2008.
News of his death was received with shock and disbelief from around the region and from International Scientists who have worked with him.
The Senior Scientist at the Global Crop Diversity Trust ( former PAPGREN Adviser), Dr Luigi Guarino in his blog wrote that "My friend Frazer Bule passed away last Saturday. He was head of agricultural research in Vanuatu and one of the most knowledgeable and experienced genetic resources scientists in the Pacific. I first met him in 1985 when we spent some hours in a forest clearing on Espiritu Santo characterizing taro with Grahame Jackson. He was a great person". He’ll be much missed, not least by me.
Dr Mary Taylor, the Head of the Genetic Resources Group in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community wrote these words, "Frazer was unique and as such is a huge loss to Vanuatu, to the Pacific and to the world. I met him in the early 90s when I first came to the Pacific and he was so open and friendly and always willing to try and help where he could in any project. He was currently sourcing some unique yams for us for our climate ready collection - his genetic resources knowledge was amazing. He was a truly great person and if we had more people like Frazer in the world it would be a far better place. He will never be forgotten in the Pacific.
Will miss you heaps Frazer"
Mr Choo Kwong Yan of Bioversity International Malaysia also wrote these tribute "I lost a very good and true friend too. The Pacific islands and PAPGREN as a whole have lost a great scientist.
Fraser would be dearly missed by all of us, his friends at PAPGREN.
By : Tevita Kete
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