Plant Health

The Pacific’s fragile ecosystem is constantly at risk from invasive species, pests and diseases. It is therefore vital that sustainable and appropriate management practices are developed and utilized to ensure   sustained productive use of the land. Plant Health aims to promote these practices by utilizing its three main units, entomology, pathology and weeds in undertaking regular surveys of pests and diseases, providing information, creating awareness among farmers,  updating information databases and assisting in eradication activities. 

Fiji project scientist gets John Allwright Fellowship for PhD studies
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 17:16
Apaitia Macanawai, a collaborating scientist on the Mikania Biocontrol project in Fiji, will leave for Australia in June to commence PhD studies on the socioeconomic effects of invasive weeds species in Fiji.

Funding for his studies was made available through the John Allwright Fellowship, an ACIAR scholarship system that aims to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions.

Apaitia will be focusing on three of Fiji's most invasive plant species; Mikania micrantha, Spathodea campanulata (African tulip tree) and Wedelia trilobata (Singapore daisy).

Apaitia is currently the Senior Research Officer (Weeds) at the Koronivia Research Station, Fiji.

Effective management can help maintain productivity of land resources,stregthen food security, safeguard the environment and increase revenue. Plant Health strives to improve awareness on environmental implications of agricultural practices and offering safer environmentally friendly options.