The international collection of the South Pacific's coconut palms is under threat from a disease outbreak close to the gene bank in Papua New Guinea. Bogia Coconut Syndrome is threatening the survival of a gene bank of region's most important tree. The gene bank holds 32,000 trees representing almost 60 varieties of coconut. Dr Richard Markham is a research programme manager for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. He is one of the people working to save the gene bank, and says the current threat to it is serious.
Via Luigi Guarino