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Technology showcase highlights UH researchers

Wei-Kung Wang of JABSOM presents his development

Potential game-changing research from three University of Hawaiʻi professors were highlighted at the UH Tech Showcase held on October 18 at the Bankers’ Club at First Hawaiian Center. Presentations from the fields of oceanography, tropical medicine and tropical agriculture were made to an invitation-only audience of more than 30 local investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders. “These are three examples of the world-class research being continuously …

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Soil holds potential to slow global warming

California rancher applies compost

Want to do something about global warming? Start by looking at the ground. Managed well, soil has an ability to trap carbon dioxide that is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to a recent University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa study that claims the resource could significantly offset increasing global emissions. The authors call for a reversal of federal cutbacks to related research programs …

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Lyon Arboretum leads Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Seed Banking Initiative

Ohia lehua blossoms

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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Sugarcane is not dead, just different

Sugarcane varieties

Sugarcane, also known as kō, may not be king anymore in Hawaiʻi, but University of Hawaiʻi researchers see a sweet future ahead for the traditional plant, which the Hawaiians first brought to the islands via canoe. UH Mānoa Assistant Researcher Noa Lincoln is working on a book and website that catalogs many varieties of native sugarcane and discusses their cultural significance. “Sugarcane is likely the single most important crop in …

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Native Hawaiian plants nurtured for education and industry

A combination landscape-design and research project is sprouting in the middle of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources researcher Orville Baldos and his students have planted three kinds of native Hawaiian plants around Varney Circle. UH Mānoa graduate student Aleta Corpuz was part of a group of students assisting Baldos with installing irrigation and cultivating ʻIlima, ʻĀweoweo and Pacific lovegrass. “This definitely …

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UH agro-ecologists published in sustainable food systems journal

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Assistant Professor Albie Miles and UH Mānoa Assistant Professor Rebecca Ryals have contributed key articles to a special issue of the Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Entitled Agroecology: Building an ecological knowledge-base for food system sustainability, the special edition presents recent progress in the fields of ecology and environmental science relevant to tackling national and global food system challenges. Topics include the role of ecological theory …

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Hawaiʻi nearshore fishery provides big benefits

The monetary, social and cultural importance of Hawaiʻi nearshore fisheries has been examined by researchers in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM). The study argues that fully appreciating the multitude of benefits the nearshore fishery provides to society is a crucial step towards sustainable management. The multi-year study tracked commercial and noncommercial reef-fish value chains, which was conducted as a collaboration …

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Nicholas Comerford to serve as CTAHR dean

Nicholas Comerford will start his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and director for Research and Cooperative Extension effective September 1, 2017. Comerford is currently director of North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, where he also is a professor in the soil and water science department. He oversees 2,300 acres of …

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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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