United Kingdom (RBG Kew)
Dr. David Frodin
Universitas Papua Manokwari:
Local government of West Papua
Prof. Charlie Heatubun
Human-Plant Interactions in New Guinea
New Guinea supports the greatest biocultural diversity on Earth and is one of the world's centres of origin and diversity of crop wild relatives (e.g., banana, taro, breadfruit). However, the services provided by the region's ecosystems or the ex situ and in situ conservation strategies needed to maintain crop wild rleatives for food and agriculture have received little attention. In this project we aim to establish a multidisciplinary research hub to generate insights on the functions of biodiversity, including economically-important plants and crop wild relatives. Our programme will mainstream New Guinea's unique biocultural diversity, and increase links between scientists, local government, NGOs and indigenous communities.
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