Sustainable Giant Taro Production Under High Salinity in the Pacific
Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research
Project Number: 5320-21000-015-06
Start Date: Sep 17, 2010
End Date: Aug 30, 2013
This project is a part of the TSTAR-Pacific Program. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the existing germplasm and develop a transformation and selection protocol for salt tolerance swamp taro. The purpose of this project is to allow sustainability to the residents of atolls and low lying areas in Micronesia and American Samoa that are affected by salt water intrusion.
This a collaborative project with scientist from the American Samoa Community College, College of Micronesia and University of Hawaii to evaluate salt tolerant swamp taro germplasm from American Samoa and Micronesia. The germplasm will be analyzed by molecular techniques and evaluated under high salinity conditions. We will also develop a transformation system and selection procedure to improve salt tolerance of this crop.