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Helping the community to grow

Papaya

At the heart of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) history is the College’s support of local agriculture, and this work continues to benefit the community of farmers, ranchers, and horticulturalists to this day. Here are three important ways CTAHR is making an impact: When the papaya ringspot virus appeared in Hawai‘i, it almost ... Read More »

Fighting snails with snails

Conus marmoreus

Hawaiian mollusks and CTAHR scientists are unlikely allies in the battle against an invader that threatens agriculture and human health worldwide. Prolific breeders and voracious eaters (known to feed on at least 500 types of plants), African land snails are listed among the Global Invasive Species Database’s top 100 invasive species and ranked 10th on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ... Read More »

Research excellence award winners chase exoplanets

Planets under a red sun

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 University Research Council student awards for research excellence. Both winners are doctoral students at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and each has beon awarded a $1,000 prize from the University Research Council and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH). Both student researchers ... Read More »

Plastic for dinner? Big fish eat more than you expect

Examples of marine debris found in fish stomachs.  Image courtesy C. Anela Choy.

Large, predatory fishes from the offshore waters around Hawai‘i have been ingesting a surprisingly large amount of plastic and other marine debris, according to new research by scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. These observations are the first of their kind in scope and in number, and they suggest that more attention should be given to marine debris ... Read More »

Laser scanning confocal microscope generates artful images of science

Confocal Image of Coral

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, seeing corals in this manner is simply not enough. As part of a new PBS digital video series called UnderH20, viewers see live corals–and their associated microorganisms–from a whole new perspective. Using a revolutionary new tool, a laser scanning ... Read More »

NSF awards bring new dark matter, meteorology research and opportunities

Jennifer Small

Three UH Mānoa professors have won National Science Foundation (NSF) awards to support fundamental research that also brings opportunities for hands-on discovery to undergraduates and Hawai‘i high school students. The prestigious NSF CAREER grants were awarded to Jason Kumar in Physics, Jennifer Small in Meteorology and Yi Zuo in Mechanical Engineering. These UH Mānoa assistant professors are considered early-career faculty ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Taro Day brings together diverse points of view

man in taro field

Taro, or kalo, is sacred to many Native Hawaiians, some of whom revere it as an ancestor. Made into poi, taro was a critical part of the diet of early Hawaiians and is still popular today. Thousands of varieties of taro grow around the world, but only select plants were brought to Hawaiʻi by Polynesian settlers. “If you’re carrying taro ... Read More »

Graduate student wins fellowship to research endemic plant on Kaua’i

Cabbage on a stick plant

UH Mānoa graduate student Seana Walsh, a candidate for a Master’s degree in the Department of Botany, has been awarded the Eloise Gerry Fellowship from the Sigma Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program to continue her research on a critically endangered Hawaiian plant endemic to Kaua‘i and historically to Ni‘ihau—the ‘ōlulu, or “cabbage on a stick” plant, Brighamia insignis. ... Read More »

Hawaii may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination

River

A recent audit of Hawai‘i’s Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) drinking water source susceptibility analysis shows that the state’s current approach may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination at local drinking water sources. The research was performed by Alan Mair, a former postdoctoral fellow at UH Mānoa’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), and Aly ... Read More »

Natural dietary supplement demonstrates positive results in the fight against diabetes

Group photograph of alternative medicine dept.

By Kathleen Kihmm Connolly Research conducted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) department has demonstrated that a dietary supplement containing 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has the potential to prevent or delay the progression of diabetes in pre-diabetic populations (Rodriguez et al. 2012). In their study researchers demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in two hours ... Read More »

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