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Reef to table: Researchers discover the true value of small-scale reef fisheries

Researchers and community partners at a Kīholo Bay community consultation: Jack Kittinger, Daniela Kittinger, Hal Koike, Bart Wilcox, Uʻilani Macabio, Jenny Mitchell and Mahana Gomes.

Small-scale reef fisheries—those used by local communities, rather than large commercial fishing operations—have important value that goes beyond the purely monetary, according to a study published by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers and co-authors. The study, published in PLOS ONE, focused on a single artisanal coral reef fishery in Kīholo Bay, showing that it produces over 30,000 meals per ...

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Two UH-developed technologies presented at prestigious showcase

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KinetiCor and Jun Innovations were the first University of Hawaiʻi spinouts (inventions developed from university research) to be invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 24, 2015 at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. KinetiCor was represented by CEO Jeffrey Yu and Jun Innovations was represented by Luke Tucker of XLR8UH (UH’s proof of concept center/accelerator ...

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Study finds 24/7 Dad curriculum helps fathers gain skills and happiness

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Just in time for Father’s Day, family researcher Selva Lewin-Bizan has released the preliminary results of an evaluation of a fatherhood program conducted in Hawaiʻi, showing that men who attend the program are likely to improve their parenting skills, knowledge, attitudes and family relationships. Lewin-Bizan is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center on the Family in the UH Mānoa College of ...

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Wang has soil covered

Koon-hui-Wang

Cover cropping is making a comeback. Farmers of yore recognized the benefits of cover crops worked into the soil as green manure or left on the surface as mulch. Then fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yielding crop varieties reduced the need to take fields out of cash-crop production in order to plant cover crops. Now, renewed focus on sustainability has revived interest, and USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service ...

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[TALK] Global Food Security by 2050: Challenges and Opportunities

Thomas Lumpkin

With the global population expected to approach 9 billion by 2050 and climate change altering agricultural conditions, the world is “entering a perfect storm of challenges to global food security,” according to Thomas Lumpkin, an international expert in sustainable agricultural development who will speak in Honolulu on Monday, November 10. Lumpkin, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s 2014 College of ...

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Partnership will tackle innovative methods of converting food wastes

Black Soldier Fly

The non-profit group Energy Excelerator has announced its selection of 17 grantee companies for 2015, its largest cohort to date. Among its grantees is the partnership between the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)’s Bioenergy and Environment Research Group and the bioconversion company, ProtaCulture LLC, which was selected from a pool of over 250 applicants. CTAHR ...

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The wekiu bug, a Maunakea endemic species

Male Wekiu Bug

Entomologists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hilo published the article, “Application of Agriculture-Developed Demographic Analysis for the Conservation of the Hawaiian Alpine Wēkiu Bug,” in the prestigious scientific journal Conservation Biology(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/cobi.12315). Daniel Rubinoff of UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and Jesse Eiben of UH Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, describe how ...

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CTAHR showcases 20 years of sustainable and organic research and practice at Waimanalo Research Station

Opening pule at Waimanalo Research Station Open House

The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) at the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resouces (CTAHR) held an Organic Field Day at the college’s Waimanalo Research Station on Saturday, July 26. This event and a Legislators’ Open House the day before drew more than 100 visitors, with presentations and demonstrations by around 30 members of the CTAHR ‘ohana. ...

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Fired up about data mapping

Fire in Hawaii

Listen to Clay Trauernicht discuss his passion, and you’ll realize you haven’t been paying enough attention to wildfires in Hawai‘i. Fortunately, with the help of Tomoaki Miura’s GIS data-mapping project, he’s created a website and interactive map to help address this issue. Many may not realize wildland fires are a serious and growing problem in the Islands. But data compiled ...

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Researchers find corn yields more sensitive to drought, climate change

Corn in Hawaii

A new analysis of corn production in the American Midwest has determined that today’s crop yields are more sensitive than ever to bad weather, and especially to drought conditions anticipated under likely climate change scenarios. The study published in May in the journal Science was led by a Stanford University earth scientist and co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Michael J. Roberts in the ...

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