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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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Student projects shine at UH Mānoa Undergraduate Showcase

UH Mānoa Undergraduate Showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on Friday, May 6. This free and open-to-the-public event will feature 130 presentations and posters by 150 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. ...

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[VIDEO] Campaign to conserve ʻōhiʻa trees finds roots in community

Ohia on lava

A coalition of concerned individuals including scientists, craftspeople, environmentalists and Native Hawaiian practitioners like Kalena Silva (pictured) has helped the #ohialove campaign to flourish. See Hawaiian chant translation. A strong show of public support for the #ohialove crowdfunding campaign to bank ʻōhiʻa tree seeds in the face of the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) epidemic has encouraged organizers to increase their ...

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CTAHR honors alumnus William Aila and poi producer Ernest Tottori

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate and Hawaiian cultural practitioner William J. Aila Jr. has been named the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ 2016 Outstanding Alumnus for his environmental and cultural leadership at two state agencies. He will be honored at CTAHR’s 28th Annual Awards Banquet along with Ernest Tottori, the visionary chairman of HPC Foods Inc. and its iconic Taro Brand ...

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