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Lyon Arboretum leads Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Seed Banking Initiative

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Lyon Arboretum will be leading efforts to expand capacity for collection and banking of ʻōhiʻa seeds across all islands in response to the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) crisis. With funding from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), Lyon Arboretum is spearheading the Rapid ʻŌhiʻaDeath Seed Banking Initiative, a new project that builds on the momentum of #OhiaLove. Related UH News stories: Seeding the future of the ʻōhiʻa tree, February 7, 2016 Campaign to conserve ʻōhiʻa trees finds …

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Lyon Arboretum researcher honored as Endangered Species Recovery Champion

Nellie Sugii, manager of the University of Hawaiʻi Harold L. Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) was honored with a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion award. This highly prestigious award is given to select U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners whose leadership efforts are integral to the recovery of endangered and threatened species of …

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Hawaiʻi plant conservation gets a boost

Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) has been awarded a $114,000 national grant to help preserve a plant collection of native Hawaiian species, most of which are endangered, at the program’s Micropropagation Laboratory in Mānoa Valley. The laboratory is the only facility in Hawaiʻi that serves as a rescue, recovery and storage unit for the conservation of critically endangered Hawaiian plants. The grant to the laboratory, under the direction …

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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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[VIDEO] New Lyon Arboretum laboratory will expand Hawaiian plant conservation

With more than 400 federally endangered or threatened plants, Hawaiʻi is considered an “endangered species hotspot.” This means the tissue culture work of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Micropropagation Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Lyon Arboretum is critical. “If you lose one species it’s going to be a ripple effect,” said Erin King, a Hawaiian Rare Plant …

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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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[VIDEO] UH Mānoa campus an accredited arboretum

The tree-filled campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is now an accredited arboretum, one of 134 internationally and one of two in Hawaiʻi, joining UH’s Harold L. Lyon Arboretum. UH Mānoa received the recognition from the Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet, the world’s only arboretum accreditation program. “We look at it as giving us an opportunity to show off our campus,” said Richard Criley, UH Mānoa emeritus professor of horticulture. …

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Reintroducing the Native Hawaiian Hāhā plant

Recently, the Lyon Arboretum Micropropagation Lab, Lyon Arboretum Seed Storage Lab, Pahole Rare Plant Facility, O`ahu Plant Extinction Prevention Program (OPEPP), and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR DOFAW), and volunteers were able to re-introduce a Native Hawaiian Hāhā, Cyanea grimesiana (subspecies grimesiana), to the State’s Mānoa Cliffs Restoration Site within the Honolulu …

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