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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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UH Mānoa receives top international ranking for earth and environmental sciences

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 12th among universities internationally for earth and environmental sciences according to Nature Index. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals (68 in total), each of which includes peer-review by active researchers. The chosen journals are sufficiently …

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AgDiscovery introduces teens to wildlife and agribusiness

For the seventh year, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will be hosting the Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program, July 9–22, for students ages 14–17. This unique, free summer program gives teen participants a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, including plant and animal …

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Fruits, bees, pigs and more at Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day

Approximately 500 elementary students and their teachers and chaperones will meet at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s 30-acre Oʻahu Urban Garden Center in Pearl City on February 10 for the 2017 Oʻahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day. The Center will be open to the public for its own Second Saturday event featuring many of the same exhibits and activities …

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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil

Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel …

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State holds first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit

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

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

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

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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