By Roland Bourdeix, Malua Solinuu. Valerie Saena Tuia and Alofa Leuluaialii

This website returns the information collected during four scientific visits conducted in 2001, 2010, 2012 and 2017 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, CIRAD (French Centre for Agricultural Research and Development), the Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP project) and the Darwin Initiative "Saving Pacific Coconuts".

How to harvest leaflets samples for molecular analysis

French old version is available at the URL:

This technique have evolved with time, and now it is possible to send leaflets samples from any green leaf providing that 1) the leave is already full green and not very young with remaining yellow color (too much polyphenols) and 2) the samples are free of any damage, disease, fungus, bacteria or insect attacks attacks.

Easy SMTA is to be signed before the samples to be sent Abroad

There are several ways to dry the leaflets. They can be immedialetly cut as two 20 cm long and dry on a table in a air conditionned room and out of direct sunligth.
They can also be kept  some days in a plastic bag in the fridge before being kept (number of maximim days to be precised). 
In the toughest and most difficult conditions, when the team travels for a long time to collect varieties or samples, another  drying method is possible. This method is to tie two folilioles together and to dry them away from the sun hanging on a rope, either in a hotel room, or outside, in a place out of the rain where the wind blows.