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.

Disease-resistant banana varieties for food security in the Pacific region
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:13

New technology for the commercial production of banana and variants using tissue culture and field methods were some key lessons learnt at the trainin....

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Countries encouraged to ratify two international instruments at SPC meeting
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:29

Countries were encouraged to ratify two international instruments at the regional meeting organised by SPC on the International Treaty on Plant Geneti....

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SPC regional taro breeding programme generates new hybrids
Thursday, 12 December 2013 12:52
An ongoing breeding programme of taro, targeting climate resilient traits such as drought tolerance, has made positive progress in four countries: F....
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No country is self sufficient in plant genetic resources
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:51

A special meeting was recently convened at SPC's Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees in Suva, Fiji on the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resourc....

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