pheromones for rhinoceros beetles and other pests 10 intensification of the

Pheromones for rhinoceros beetles and other pests 10

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pheromones for rhinoceros beetles and other pests 10. intensification of the search for biocontrol agents for Brontispa spp. 11. training to increase researcher capacity 12. VCO quality control—detecting adulteration 13. somatic embryogenesis—seeking a breakthrough for clonal propagation 14. organic farming technology 15. refinement of biofuel technology 16. emerging coconut pests. For further information please contact: Dr Yohannes Samosir, Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit (Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute), PO Box 1103, Medan 2001, Indonesia; email: [email protected] Mr Mike Foale, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems – QBP, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia. Phone: +61 7 32142319, Fax: +61 7 32142308; email: [email protected] Dr Steve Adkins, School of Land and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia. Phone +61 7 33652072, Fax +61 7 33651177; email: [email protected]
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10 From: Adkins, S.W., Foale, M. and Samosir, Y.M.S. (eds) 2006. Coconut revival—new possibilities for the ‘tree of life’. Proceedings of the International Coconut Forum held in Cairns, Australia, 22–24 November 2005. ACIAR Proceedings No. 125. The International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT): its history, achievements and future plans P. Batugal Abstract The Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) was established in 1992 by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). To date it has made some modest achievements. It has successfully developed and disseminated worldwide the International Coconut Genetic Resources Database (CGRD) containing passport and characterisation data and images of 1,416 accessions which are conserved by national programs in 28 sites in 23 countries. To provide double security for the conserved germplasm and a more effective mechanism for access and safe germplasm movement, it established the COGENT multisite International Coconut Genebank (ICG), which conserves, evaluates and shares about 200 important accessions in each of five geographic regions. Coconut varieties with multipurpose uses are being identified, documented, conserved and promoted in 15 countries. The performance of high-yielding hybrids and farmers’ varietal preferences in nine countries are being evaluated. To strengthen the coconut research capability of member countries of COGENT, 39 country needs assessment missions were conducted. Also, 41 workshops and meetings involving 994 coconut researchers, 40 training courses involving 765 participants from 41 countries, and 274 research and training and capacity-building activities in 30 countries were supported. To enhance the efficiency of global research, COGENT helped establish and is currently coordinating the Global Coconut Research for Development Programme (PROCORD), a global coconut research alliance with the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) and Bureau for the Development of Research on Tropical Perennial Oil Crops (BUROTROP), Centre de Coopéracion Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD).
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