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 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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Samoan agricultural staff trained at SPC
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:28

Two members of staff from the tissue culture unit of the Crops Division of Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) had a one-week attachme....

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SPC cryo-expert attended plant symposium on cryopreservation
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:25

The second international symposium on plant cryopreservation held at Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in August this year was attended by Ms Ulamia Lutu, c....

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