By R. Bourdeix, V. Saena Tuia and Alofa Leuluaialii

This website returns the information collected during two scientific visits conducted in 2001 and 2010, on behalf the Ministry of Agriculture of Samoa, the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network, the Secretatiat of the South Pacific Community, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International and the French Centre for Agricultural Research and Development. The objective of the second visit was to secure the conservation of the famous Niu Afa cultivar, the longest coconut in the world.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In Nuu Research Station, Samoa

The Niu Afa coconut seednuts harvested both in Olomanu seed garden and in farmer's fields were sent to the Nuu research station for characterization and extraction of the embryos. All the entire fruits (3 per parent palms) were pictured. See messsages related to Olomanu and farmer's field surveys for more details.