The Genetic Diversity of Aibika in Papua New Guinea

Aibika Genetic Diversity of Papua New Guinea

Aibika National Germplasm Collection and Conservation (Field Gene - bank). The National Aibika Collection held by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) currently contains 113 accessions or land races. Most accessions have been collected in farmers’ fields throughout the country. Twenty six (26) accessions are from the seedling collection which contains plants derived from parent plants that produced flowers and seeds. One parent plant produces many seeds which can be germinated and planted out in the field as aibika seedlings.Seeds obtained from one parent plant produce plants with different morphological characteristics.Some of these plants do not have good eating quality, the leaves being unpalatable and full of hairs.

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