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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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Posted 7:23 PM by Tevita
SPC’s Land Resources Division creates helpdesk to assist Pacific Island Countries & Territories
24 FEBRUARY 2009 SUVA (Pacnews) --- The Secretariat of the Pacific Community Land Resources Division (LRD) has established an email based Helpdesk system to provide technical advisory support to Pacific Island Countries & Territories (PICTs).
Technical advisory will be provided in the areas of Animal Health & Production, Biosecurity & Trade Facilitation, Crop Production, Genetic Resources, Forests and Trees, Forestry & Agriculture Diversification, Information & Communication and Extension, Plant Health, and Agriculture & Forestry Policy Advice.
This email based facility receives processes and responds to queries from clients and stakeholders. It operates on a ticketing platform where incoming queries are tagged with a ticket number, and an auto-response message is sent to the requestor to confirm that the message has been received and opened.
Last year (2008) the LRD management decided to merge the SPC Biosecurity Helpdesk with the LRD helpdesk to centralize all incoming LRD queries. Messages sent to the Biosecurity Helpdesk will now be delivered at the LRD Helpdesk.
Query response turnaround is 24 hours and 2 weeks for those requiring research and technical staff input.
The LRD helpdesk can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPC’s 26 member countries and territories include American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna……PNS (ENDS)
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