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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 »

Fighting snails with snails

Conus marmoreus

Hawaiian mollusks and CTAHR scientists are unlikely allies in the battle against an invader that threatens agriculture and human health worldwide. Prolific breeders and voracious eaters (known to feed on at least 500 types of plants), African land snails are listed among the Global Invasive Species Database’s top 100 invasive species and ranked 10th on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Taro Day brings together diverse points of view

man in taro field

Taro, or kalo, is sacred to many Native Hawaiians, some of whom revere it as an ancestor. Made into poi, taro was a critical part of the diet of early Hawaiians and is still popular today. Thousands of varieties of taro grow around the world, but only select plants were brought to Hawaiʻi by Polynesian settlers. “If you’re carrying taro ... Read More »

Genome sequence for sacred lotus reported

Sacred Lotus.  Image courtesy Flickr user WEAZ 73.

Sacred lotus has cultural and religious importance as a symbol of purity, and it is also used as a food and in traditional medicines. It was domesticated in Asia about 7,000 years ago and has since been cultivated for its rhizomes and seeds. It is particularly noted for its 1,300-year seed longevity and for its leaves’ exceptional water repellence, known ... Read More »

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