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UH Honeybee Project keeps Hawaiʻi beekeeping buzzing

Hawaiʻi’s honey market is skyrocketing. The state’s bee farms have the highest honey yield in the nation, generating more than 100 pounds per colony per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thousands of Hawaiʻi-grown queen bees are also exported every week. Beyond the liquid gold, bees and other pollinators are critical to the health of our food supply …

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Lyon Arboretum researcher honored as Endangered Species Recovery Champion

Nellie Sugii, manager of the University of Hawaiʻi Harold L. Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) was honored with a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion award. This highly prestigious award is given to select U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners whose leadership efforts are integral to the recovery of endangered and threatened species of …

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UH scientists researching pueo in citizen science project

Two scientists in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have launched a new citizen science initiative, the Pueo Project. With the help of interested members of the community, post-doctoral researcher Javier Cotin and assistant professor Melissa Price are investigating the population size, distribution and habitat use of the pueo, also known …

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Lack of resources prevents marine protected areas from realizing full potential

Megan Barnes, researcher in the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, co-authored a paper assessing the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) and offering strategies to increase their ability to protect and increase the abundance of sea life. The findings were published in the journal Nature. MPAs are a very popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but the new …

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UH students help to solve real-world health, energy and agriculture problems

The 29th Annual CTAHR/COE Student Research Symposium, held April 7–8, showcased student work in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and the College of Engineering (COE) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Students presented papers and posters on numerous aspects of natural resource management, agriculture and horticulture, biofuels and bioengineering, consumer sciences, entomology and virology. Highlights included nutrient management in traditional loʻi …

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Importance of coastal water quality to recreational beach users

Coasts around the world are threatened by land-based pollutants, including sewage, which affect water quality, coastal habitats and human experiences. To capture the value people place on the coastal environment, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ecological economist Kirsten L.L. Oleson and student Marcus Peng recently published a study in the journal Ecological Economics. The study, “Beach Recreationalists’ Willingness to Pay …

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Future farmers formed through MAʻO Organic Farms-UH partnership

MAʻO Organic Farms in Waiʻanae helps feed UH’s sustainability efforts, the community and some of Hawaiʻi’s best restaurants. What’s not as widely known is how a unique partnership between the farm and the University of Hawaiʻi is growing future farmers. MAʻO has been providing scholarships and stipends for post-secondary expenses for qualified UH students through its Youth Leadership Training program since 2001. For more …

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Sustainability advocates gather for higher education summit

The University of Hawaiʻi will hold the 5th Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit at UH West Oʻahu, March 16–18. This yearʻs summit will explore sustainability through indigenous perspectives and the global dialogue on sustainability. The summit will also focus on the sustainability courses that are taught across all UH campuses—how can UH better coordinate and support student interest in exploring sustainability topics and create curricular …

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Cooperation is key to reduce sediment runoff into West Maui reefs

Coral reefs around the world are threatened by increased runoff of sediment and other land-based pollutants. To address the challenge of managing these pollutants with limited resources, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist Kirsten Oleson and her former graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Kim Falinski and Joey Lecky, recently published …

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How bright is the future of space food?

Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa could play a major role in NASA’s goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and …

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