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Summer AgDiscovery program for teens accepting applications

AgDiscovery students in greenhouse with orchid specialist Teresita Amore.

The Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program, July 10–23, 2016, is now open for applications from students 14 to 17 years old. This unique, free summer program, hosted for the sixth year by UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, gives its teenage participants a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, ...

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Hawaiʻi wildfires strongly linked to human activity

Flames move uphill in Oʻahu wildfire

A new research paper co-authored by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers outlines the surprising frequency of wildfire in the Hawaiian Islands. Clay Trauernicht and Creighton Litton of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources drew on multiple sources to construct a 108-year fire history that demonstrates a more-than-fourfold increase ...

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What children eat when they’re on their own

Fresh foods_CTAHR

In collaboration with a multi-state team of researchers, Jinan Banna, assistant professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has published a paper in the journal Nutrients assessing the influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions and the implications for obesity prevention. Early adolescents consume foods and beverages during eating occasions that occur ...

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Food security focus of presentation series


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) presents 12 at 12, a spring 2016 series of presentations that will bring together UH Mānoa faculty from various departments to discuss the divergent aspects and various themes related to food security. 12 at 12 presentations will be hosted by a different department each month in order to ...

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CTAHR scientist selected as policy fellow for national entomological society

Helen Spafford

Helen Spafford, an associate professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has been named a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America. She is one of only five scientists across the country to be designated in 2015. The competitive fellowship program was created in 2014 to support scientists for ...

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Hawaiian peaches could have a bright future


Peaches aren’t a new crop in Hawai‘i — but good peaches just might be. The tasty and popular fruit hasn’t previously done well in the Islands. A College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) publication from 1973 discourages growing peaches in the Islands, explaining that fruit flies would damage the crop too severely and there were few varieties not ...

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UHM researchers help unlock pineapple genome


University of Hawaiʻi researchers have taken an important step towards understanding what makes pineapple able to thrive in arid conditions, where few other crops can survive and how this knowledge can be used for other crops in drought-stricken areas. Nancy Jung Chen and Robert Paull, researchers in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS) in the College of Tropical ...

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Eat your ‘weeds: new study finds seaweed a good source of iron


In a forthcoming publication, researchers Joannie Dobbs and Michael Dunn and graduate student Shireen Flores in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) assessed the nutrient content and iron bioavailability in common and Hawaiian seaweeds. Bioavailability refers to the portion of iron in a food which can be absorbed by the body. As Dobbs points out, iron deficiency is a significant public ...

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UH researchers identify new butterfly species to Hawaiian Islands

Sleepy Orange butterfly (Abaeis nicippe)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Daniel Rubinoff and researcher William Haines of the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, have conclusively identified a newcomer to the Hawaiian Islands: the Sleepy Orange butterfly (Abaeis nicippe). The last time a new butterfly was identified in Hawaiʻi was in 2008, when the ...

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Protecting Hawai‘i’s key pollinators


Honeybees pollinate many tropical fruits and nuts and are key pollinators for crops such as melons, squash, and cucumbers—$200 million worth of crops statewide. However, the large colony losses experienced recently on O‘ahu and the Big Island have awakened concern for the preservation of honeybee populations and the sustainability of bee-dependent fruit, nut, and vegetable production in Hawai‘i. UHM’s College ...

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