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UH agro-ecologists published in sustainable food systems journal

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Assistant Professor Albie Miles and UH Mānoa Assistant Professor Rebecca Ryals have contributed key articles to a special issue of the Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Entitled Agroecology: Building an ecological knowledge-base for food system sustainability, the special edition presents recent progress in the fields of ecology and environmental science relevant to tackling national and global food system challenges. Topics include the role of ecological theory …

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Hawaiʻi nearshore fishery provides big benefits

The monetary, social and cultural importance of Hawaiʻi nearshore fisheries has been examined by researchers in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM). The study argues that fully appreciating the multitude of benefits the nearshore fishery provides to society is a crucial step towards sustainable management. The multi-year study tracked commercial and noncommercial reef-fish value chains, which was conducted as a collaboration …

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Nicholas Comerford to serve as CTAHR dean

Nicholas Comerford will start his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and director for Research and Cooperative Extension effective September 1, 2017. Comerford is currently director of North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, where he also is a professor in the soil and water science department. He oversees 2,300 acres of …

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CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service convenes the Hawai‘i Extension Climate Forum

Pacific islands contribute less that 0.03 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, yet they suffer some of the greatest threats of climate change. This was a central point made at the Hawaiʻi Extension Climate Forum, an event organized last month by faculty and staff of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). The forum brought together other university and community partners addressing …

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New genome sequence highlights corn’s adaptability

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers contributed to an historic release of a new, high-quality corn reference genome sequence that shows reasons why corn can be adapted to such a wide variety of growing conditions. Professor Gernot Presting and two postdoctoral scholars in his lab, Kevin Schneider and Thomas Wolfgruberare, are members of Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering in …

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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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