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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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Hawai‘iʻs child well-being 17th in latest national rankings

Economic conditions may finally be improving, and families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book, which examines trends in child well-being during the post-recession years, found that Hawaiʻi now ranks 23 in child economic well-being, and 17 for child well-being …

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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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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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Importance of coastal water quality to recreational beach users

Coasts around the world are threatened by land-based pollutants, including sewage, which affect water quality, coastal habitats and human experiences. To capture the value people place on the coastal environment, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ecological economist Kirsten L.L. Oleson and student Marcus Peng recently published a study in the journal Ecological Economics. The study, “Beach Recreationalists’ Willingness to Pay …

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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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Data on children and youth spotlighted at Center on the Family symposium

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family, a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, will sponsor the symposium, Data Matters: New Insights on our Children and Youth, on March 31, 8–11:45 a.m. at the Waiʻalae Country Club. The syposium will showcase and discuss new studies and data on children and youth in Hawaiʻi. …

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