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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 »

The Kamehameha butterfly is declining and needs the public’s help

Kamehameha butterfly

The population of the Kamehameha butterfly—Hawai‘i’s state insect, which can be found nowhere else in the world—is on the decline, and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers are asking the public’s help to find out why. A team from UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is launching the Pulelehua Project, which, with the public’s assistance, will ... Read More »

Predicting crop outcomes in a changing climate

Field of Corn

Environmental economics may sound like an oxymoron. Most people associate economics with business interests that are largely unconcerned with the environment. Some may feel that economics is the source of environmental problems. However, economics concerns more than business activity. At its core, economics studies how people allocate scarce resources, including environmental resources. The environment connects to economics in that people ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Plant breeder known for corn leaves lasting legacy

James Brewbaker at UH’s Waimānalo Research Station.

Corn developed over the last five decades by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa plant breeder James Brewbaker is feeding millions of people around the world. “Plant breeding is a wonderfully optimistic science because you do sometimes make these contributions,” said Brewbaker. Brewbaker was hired by UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in 1961 and has spent much of ... Read More »

‘Super cool’ food storage options

Fruit with a thermometer

Dr. Soojin Jun of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) recently received a grant to study a high-tech new way to preserve food for storage and shipping.  Jun, an associate professor in CTAHR’s Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences (HNFAS), proposed a research project to address the loss of quality in ... Read More »

James Brewbaker to receive crop science society award

James Brewbaker

Veteran University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa plant breeder and corn expert James Brewbaker has been selected to receive the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Presidential Award. Brewbaker is a member of the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). The CSSA Presidential Award recognizes outstanding contributions to crop science ... Read More »

Dean Maria Gallo named one of 11 national crop science fellows

Maria Gallo

Maria Gallo, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and director of research and cooperative extension, has been named a Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellow for 2013. The international science organization will present its highest honor to Gallo and 10 others from across North America on November 6, 2013, during its annual meeting in Tampa, ... Read More »

USDA grants distributed for aquaponic, anaerobic digestion research

CTAHR - aquaponics lo-res

Dr. Samir Khanal of the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) recently received two highly competitive USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundation program. Khanal, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE), had submitted two proposals to the program during ... Read More »

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 »

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