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State holds first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit

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Lead scientists joined Governor David Ige and other top policy makers for the first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit on November 30. State and federal experts, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Gordon Bennett, provided situation reports on the disease and presented the recently completed strategic response plan which will guide the statewide response to this dire threat to Hawaiʻi’s …

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XLR8UH announces eight teams for fifth cohort

XLR8UH cohort five

The University of Hawaiʻi announced the selection of eight teams for the fifth cohort of its accelerator startup investment program—XLR8UH. The startups in this round include digital technology providing athletes and physicians ways to identify, measure and monitor sports concussions; a lifesaving blood analysis smartphone platform; and a data collection and project management platform for conservation and agriculture customers. The eight teams …

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[VIDEO] UH researchers making advances in battle against rapid ʻōhiʻa death

Ambrosia beetles

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers are playing an important role in the fight against rapid ʻōhiʻa death. Since 2013, this fungal disease has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees and affected almost 50,000 acres of ʻōhiʻa forests on Hawaiʻi Island. ʻŌhiʻa are the foundation of the state’s watershed and a cultural treasure. UH researchers say the ambrosia beetle, which are …

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International study finds areas protecting wildlife are doing good job but need support

Zebras in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Photo: Alison Woodley

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications, the largest investigation of wildlife trends in protected areas to date, found that most protected areas around the world are successfully safeguarding wildlife. This is especially true in wealthier, more developed countries, which suggests the continued need for adequate support of these parks. “National Parks are the cornerstone of most country’s …

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UH partners with FDA on food, drug, cosmetic and medical device safety

University of Hawaiʻi, state and FDA officials at the partnership signing.

To enhance the response and resolution of public health concerns like the recent Hepatitis A outbreak, the University of Hawaiʻi has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the State of Hawaiʻi’s departments of agriculture and health to help foster closer collaboration. The agreement signed by UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. …

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UH highlights sustainability and research at World Conservation Congress

Lyon Arboretum Micropropagation Laboratory

University of Hawaiʻi researchers, faculty and students will participate in a broad range of initiatives related to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), September 1–10. More than 8,700 officials and experts are expected to attend from around the world. Two UH programs are full voting members of the IUCN: the William S. Richardson School of …

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Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit honors UH ʻulu pioneer

Diane Ragone (left) distributing ʻulu in Hauʻula

Experts and practitioners will share development breakthroughs and practical applications in energy, food security, health and disaster preparedness using the humble breadfruit (ʻulu in Hawaiian) at the inaugural Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit August 27–31, 2016 at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The theme of the Breadfruit Summit is Honoring and Sharing. The mission focus is weaving traditional wisdom and cultural knowledge with modern …

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Undergraduate investigates how to grow plants in space

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Aleca Borsuk, a senior Mechanical Engineering student in the College of Engineering, worked with mentor, Kent Kobayashi, associate horticulturist in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the College of Tropcial Agriculture and Human Resources, on a project which used artificial lighting to simulate amaranth grown in space. She presented this work at the Spring 2016 Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium Fellowship & Traineeship …

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

President Barack Obama at the National Institute of Health. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more …

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A helicopter and paintball gun: new tools in the battle to remove invasive species

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James Leary, associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), is battling invasive species with his innovative Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT™). Leary has invented a way to adapt readily available pneumatic paintball guns to shoot small gelatin capsules filled with herbicide to control invasive plants and trees. In Maui, Leary’s main focus is miconia, an invasive weed …

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