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    Taro Varieties in the CNMI
    (Northern Marianas College, 2010) Nandwani, Dilip ; Tudela, Anthony
    Taro has been a staple food for Pacific islanders for centuries, and is the second most produced crop in the CNMI. To meet the challenges in taro cultivation, Northern Marianas College's Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service (NMC-CREES) initiated a tissue culture program on taro for the production of disease free and quality propagating materials. After screening accessions on the Agriculture Experiment Station and on-farm trials, selected lines were propagated through tissue culture and distributed to the local farming community. This booklet reports the results of the field evaluations of tissue cultured taro accessions in the local soil and climatic conditions of the CNMI.
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    Sweet Potato in the CNMI
    (Northern Marianas College, 2010) Nandwani, Dilip ; Tudela, Anthony
    The sweet potato has been a staple food for Pacific islanders for centuries, and is the most widely produced crop in the CNMI. To meet the challenges in sweet potato cultivation, Northem Marianas College's Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service (NMC-CREES) initiated a tissue culture program on sweet potato in 2006 for the production of disease-free and quality propagat ing materials. After screening new varieties of the materials obtained from CePCT (SPC, Fiji) on the Agriculture Experiment Station and on-farm trials, selected varieties propagated through tissue culture were distributed to the local farming community. This publication reports the results of field evaluations of introduced sweet potato varieties (tissue cultured) in the local soil and climatic conditions of the CNMI.
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    Crop Protection for Pacific Islands: Instructor Manual
    (Agricultural Development in the American Pacific Project, 1995-12) Harrington, Michael T.
    A survey course which covers the pests and diseases of crop plants with specific reference to Pacific Island conditions. The fields of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science are each presented within the context of an integrated pest management system. Each topic includes objectives, vocabulary, lecture outlines, and review questions. Regionally important pests and disease cycles are thoroughly illustrated.
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    Plant Science for Pacific Islands
    (Agricultural Development in the American Pacific Project, 1991-12) Harrington, Michael T.
    The following set of twenty two lecture notes are intended for use by Pacific Islands students wanting to learn the basic information about how plants grow. Understanding these basics is necessary to make the best use of practices which can increase plant production, give protection from pests, and make wise use of natural resources. A strong emphasis is placed on definitions and identification. This knowledge is critical to students who will soon learn that the fields of science have a language, and languages, all their own. Learning the new vocabulary as well as the structure and function of plant parts are the prerequisite steps toward understanding complex botanical processes, scientific theories and laws.
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    Crop Production for Pacific Islands: Instructor Manual
    (Agricultural Development in the American Pacific Project, 1994-12) Harrington, Michael T. ; Bartholomew, Duane P. ; Miles, Joel ; Suhm, Grant
    An entry level university course with specific reference to Pacific Island conditions. Instructor's can either use the materials directly from the manual or adapt them to suit their needs. Chapters include: agroecology; climate; world food crops; and crop production. Each chapter contains objectives, vocabulary, lecture outlines, suggested activities, and transparency masters.