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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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. ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

2014 UH Manoa Awards for student excellence in research

Chino Cabalteja

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony will be held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Chino Cabalteja (Master’s Level) Chino Cabalteja is a Master’s Level student researcher in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ... Read More »

CTAHR scientists create new app to track papaya virus and GE papaya

rainbow_papaya

Scot Nelson and Richard Manshardt, scientists with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, have created a new citizen science app for iOS and Android users that tracks what they believe to be the declining incidence of papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) in the Honolulu area—as well as a possible increase in the incidence of PRSV-resistant genetically engineered (GE) papayas. ... Read More »

Processing lab engineers better, safer food handling

ASoojin Jun and Kara Yamada

With Japanese visitors eager to buy Big Island Abalone products as omiyage, the Kona company turned to Associate Professor Soojin Jun. He had worked with NASA on flexible food packaging using retort pouches — vacuum-packed, steam-processed “canning” minus the heavy, landfill-clogging metal containers. It’s just one of the technologies Dr. Jun’s Food Processing Laboratory explores. Jun and master’s student Jin ... Read More »

Building biosensors to keep the food supply safe

Daniel Jenkins

Salmonella enterica accounts for nearly half the cases of food-borne illness worldwide. The bacterium causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and racks up billions in medical costs and lost wages each year. Even agricultural producers who aren’t responsible for the outbreaks take an economic hit when fearful consumers stop buying their goods. That’s why ... Read More »

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