Genetic Resources

The GR thematic team contributes to the LRD objectives through facilitating access to both traditional and improved agrobiodiversity. The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) is the genebank for the Pacific region. It houses a globally unique collection of taro, conserving diversity for present and future generations. The CePaCT also plays a key role in ensuring that the countries of the Pacific have access not only to traditional diversity but also to improved crops, which can be crucial in the management of pests and diseases, and in securing food production within a changing climate. Crop diversity can also assist countries in taking advantage of market opportunities.

SPC assists flood relief efforts in Solomon Islands
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:51

Thousands of Solomon Islanders are still suffering the effects of the severe floods that struck in early April, resulting in loss of life and destro....

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Fiji’s new tissue culture facility commissioned
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:26

The commissioning of Fiji’s tissue culture facility last Thursday by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests, Rural and Maritime Developme....

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Cyclone-affected islands in Tonga receive assistance
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:21

Climate-resilient crops established by Tonga’s Ministry of Agriculture were recently shipped to islands in Ha’apai affected by tropical Cyclone Ian in....

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New taro varieties benefit Pacific countries
Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:41
The taro leaf blight (TLB) outbreak caused by oomycete that devastated Samoa's taro in 1993 was a wake-up call for Samoa and the region to realise the....
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