Aroids: The Crop Trust supported the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in its work with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium to develop a protocol for the cryopreservation of edible aroids. The protocol will allow the routine, large-scale application of cryopreservation for long-term conservation of any taro collection.
Aroids and Yam: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community receives an in-perpetuity grant from the Crop Trust for the long-term conservation of the global collections of yam and edible aroids it holds on behalf of the international community.
Aroids: The Crop Trust supported the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to evaluate 30 accessions of taro for drought and salinity tolerance, with the aim of identifying new sources of tolerance and making the material available to breeders for variety development in the Pacific region.
Yam: The Crop Trust provided support to the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate 45 yam accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.