This Archive contains two separate types of information.
First is the summary of discussions on PestNet that we think are worth keeping. It is an edited record of messages that were submitted to PestNet over the 20 years since PestNet began in 1999. During that time a large database was created which has been summarised in its current form. Links to the original messages from members on which this database is based no longer function as Yahoo Groups was closed in December 2020.
Second, we thought to record stories that are uniquely about pests and diseases of crops important to Pacific island countries. We start with two stories: a personal journey over more than 50 years involving Taro Leaf Blight after it entered the South Pacific during or just after WWII, and an equally long saga of the research into the cause of Alomae the lethal disease of taro in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands – still to be concluded. In their separate ways, these two stories ask questions about how the region is coping with pests and disease. Is progress being made, or not?
You are very welcome to add your own stories.