pheromones for rhinoceros beetles and other pests10.intensification of the search for biocontrol agents forBrontispaspp.11. training to increase researcher capacity12. VCO quality control—detecting adulteration13. somatic embryogenesis—seeking a breakthrough for clonal propagation14. organic farming technology15. refinement of biofuel technology16. emerging coconut pests.For further information please contact:Dr Yohannes Samosir, Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit(Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute), PO Box1103, Medan 2001, Indonesia; email: [email protected]Mr Mike Foale, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems –QBP, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia, Queensland4067, 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, Queensland4072, Australia. Phone +61 7 33652072, Fax+61 7 33651177; email: [email protected]
10From: 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 plansP. BatugalAbstractThe Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) was established in 1992 by the International PlantGenetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International AgriculturalResearch (CGIAR). To date it has made some modest achievements. It has successfully developed anddisseminated worldwide the International Coconut Genetic Resources Database (CGRD) containing passportand characterisation data and images of 1,416 accessions which are conserved by national programs in 28 sitesin 23 countries. To provide double security for the conserved germplasm and a more effective mechanism foraccess 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 geographicregions. Coconut varieties with multipurpose uses are being identified, documented, conserved and promotedin 15 countries. The performance of high-yielding hybrids and farmers’ varietal preferences in nine countriesare being evaluated. To strengthen the coconut research capability of member countries of COGENT, 39country needs assessment missions were conducted. Also, 41 workshops and meetings involving 994 coconutresearchers, 40 training courses involving 765 participants from 41 countries, and 274 research and trainingand 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 DevelopmentProgramme (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), Centrede Coopéracion Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD).