Polymotu: a new concept of island-based germplasm bank based on an old Polynesian practice

The Polymotu concept (poly=many, motu=island) employs geographical isolation for conservation and reproduction of individual varieties of species. It is derived from coconut conservation initiatives by Polynesians and Thais. If an island is planted with a single coconut variety, breeding occurs only within this variety and certified seednuts are naturally produced. Conservation is secured by geographic isolation and availability of certified seednuts. This paper discusses the origins of the Polymotu concept; presents the first research initiatives linked to it, and highlights the need for further research to fully implement it. The main author will develop Polymotu in various regions. Factors influencing acceptance of Polymotu by stakeholders are discussed.

Authors:
Bourdeix, R.; Johnson, V.; Baudouin, L.; Saena Tuia, V.; Kete, T.; Planes, S.; Lusty, C.; Weise, S.
Journal/Series:
Ogasawara Research, Vol.37
Pages:
p. 33-51
Publication Year:
2011
Publication Format:
PDF
Language:
EN
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