Research Showcase

The TPSS Program graduate faculty participates in a diverse field of research pertaining to tropical plants and soil sciences. Here is a current list of research that our talented research faculty is currently involved with.

ShowcaseResearch TitleGraduate Faculty
Breeding aroids and orchids for quality, productivity, and disease/pest resistance with emphasis on anthurium and dendrobium.Terisita Amore
Sustaining the expansion of cacao, coffee and kava production in Hawai‘i.H. C. Bittenbender
Improving soil nutrient management through the integrated use of web-based mobile technology and rapid soil testing.Jonathan L. Dennik
Light environment management of tropical crops.Kent D. Kobayashi
Development of improved ornamental plant varieties for the advancement of Hawaii's floral.Kenneth W. Leonhardt
Exotic Banana and Papaya Germplasm: New Blood for Old Crops.Richard M. Manshardt
Integrated management systems for tropical root crops.Susan C. Miyasaka
Improving nitrogen use efficiency in sustainable agriculture with focus on local organic nitrogen sources.
Beneficial reuse of residuals and reclaimed water: impact on soil ecosytem and human health.
Hue V. Nguyen
Development of bioenergy crops and production systems for Hawaii.
Improving quality and reducing losses in specialty fruit crops through storage technologies.
Postharvest physiology of fresh hawaiian commodities.
Robert E. Paull
Germplasm selection and management to optimize vegetable quality and yield in tropical, organic production systems.
Reducing Pacific Island Growers’ Reliance on Off-Island Fertilizer Sources through Efficient Use of Local Inputs.
Theodore Radovich
Assessing gene flow potential between commercial and endemic Hawaiian cotton, Gossypium spp.Ania Wieczorek
Improving nutrient management to increase productivity, economic viability, and environmental health.Russell S. Yost