Pacific Seeds for Life (PS4L): New Zealand partner trains scientists at CePaCT’s plant molecular lab to speed up diagnostics & genotyping processes

Leaders endorse region’s first Pacific-led agriculture and forestry strategy

Pacific agriculture and forestry leaders convened for the Ninth Regional Meeting of Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (PHOAFS) from 15-17 May 2024 for vigorous discussions and

First Circle of Farmers Training – Pacific Organic Learning Farms Network Project (2024)

The Pacific Organic Learning Farms Network (POLFN), a project at the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom), is overseeing the first session of its farmer training series at the Mudrenicagi Organic Learning Farm Centre located in Fiji’s…

‘Water-smart’ taro varieties as the future of sustainable agriculture in the Pacific: Insights from CePaCT research

In pursuing sustainable agriculture amidst changing climate patterns, recent advancements in crop research have shed light on potential solutions. Through the project, "Identification of Drought-Tolerant Taro Varieties for the Pacific”, supported by the…

Research in Focus: Sprouting personalities: Semi, an advocate for crop genetic diversity

Deep in this forest that houses 2,400 plant and tree accessions and over 1,500 varieties of taro (edible aroids) is Semi Cakaunitavuki, a Senior Laboratory Technician in Germplasm Health at the Centre for Pacific Crops and Plants (CePaCT). Every day he…

Pasifika NiuNet: a new collaborative platform for an integrated approach to coconut research and development in the Pacific

First face-to-face Coconut Board Governance meeting, with participants from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia, Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand - SPC…

Pacific Agricultural Plant Genetic Resources Network charts crucial roadmap for food security in the region

Land Resources Division Research in Focus: Meet Ulamila Lutu, CePaCT Research Technician focusing on the Pacific “Tree of Life”, the coconut

1- Could you briefly describe your academic or professional background and how it has led you to pursue research within SPC?

The future of Crop Mutation Breeding in the Pacific

SPC’s 75th anniversary: Pacific agriculture gets a major boost in 1998 with the establishment of the region’s first plant and tree genebank at SPC

Photo: A CePaCT laboratory technician in 2011   The Pacific Community turned 75 on the 6th of February 2022. As we mark 75 years of the Pacific Community’s Service to the region, on the 6th of each month we will feature a key moment in history for…
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