Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 10:31
Imagine a coconut tree surviving in a bottle small enough to hide in the palm of your hand. Amazing, isn’t it? Yet this is not magic but an advancement of science that has made possible the preservation and maintenance of clean, pure varieties of our traditional staple food crops. The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees aims to assist Pacific Island countries and territories to conserve the region’s genetic resources by keeping collections of many plants with priority given to the region’s staple crops: varieties of taro, yam, sweet potato, banana, cassava and breadfruit. - Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).