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Fired up about data mapping

Fire in Hawaii

Listen to Clay Trauernicht discuss his passion, and you’ll realize you haven’t been paying enough attention to wildfires in Hawai‘i. Fortunately, with the help of Tomoaki Miura’s GIS data-mapping project, he’s created a website and interactive map to help address this issue. Many may not realize wildland fires are a serious and growing problem in the Islands. But data compiled ... Read More »

2014 UH Manoa Awards for student excellence in research

Chino Cabalteja

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony will be held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Chino Cabalteja (Master’s Level) Chino Cabalteja is a Master’s Level student researcher in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ... Read More »

Moth lineage provides a key to species diversification

Hyposmocoma caterpillar casings

To many, moths are just the dull relatives of butterflies that often startle us in the dark. But for UH Mānoa junior researcher William Haines, former junior researcher Patrick Schmitz and professor Daniel Rubinoff, these fascinating creatures provide insights into Hawai‘i’s ancient, vanished ecosystems. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources entomologists published their findings in an article, “Ancient diversification ... Read More »

Processing lab engineers better, safer food handling

ASoojin Jun and Kara Yamada

With Japanese visitors eager to buy Big Island Abalone products as omiyage, the Kona company turned to Associate Professor Soojin Jun. He had worked with NASA on flexible food packaging using retort pouches — vacuum-packed, steam-processed “canning” minus the heavy, landfill-clogging metal containers. It’s just one of the technologies Dr. Jun’s Food Processing Laboratory explores. Jun and master’s student Jin ... Read More »

Building biosensors to keep the food supply safe

Daniel Jenkins

Salmonella enterica accounts for nearly half the cases of food-borne illness worldwide. The bacterium causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and racks up billions in medical costs and lost wages each year. Even agricultural producers who aren’t responsible for the outbreaks take an economic hit when fearful consumers stop buying their goods. That’s why ... 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 »

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