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.

Keeping Pacific food crops secure
Monday, 01 October 2012 08:51

It may come as a surprise to learn that the largest collection of taro in the world sits in the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) at the Sec....

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Ensuring the safe movement of plant material
Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:39

Apart from its core function of sustainable conservation of plant genetic resources, the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of SPC’s Land Res....

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Breadfruit could be an export earner
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:09

A four-year pilot project called ‘Developing commercial breadfruit production systems for the Pacific Islands’ is testing the viability of growing b....

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Vulnerability of Pacific crops addressed by Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT)
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:41
CePaCT Staff checking the collection at Nabua

‘Nothing has demonstrated the vulnerability of traditional Pacific Island food crops more than the impact of the taro leaf blight that decimated Samoa....

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