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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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UH partners with FDA on food, drug, cosmetic and medical device safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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