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Sugarcane and Sustainability 24 January 2019

Sugarcane and Sustainability

A new study, co-authored by NREM’s Kimberly Carlson, suggests that only one third of global sugarcane production complies with Bonsucro, the leading sustainability standard for sugarcane. “Voluntary Sustainability Standards Could Significantly Reduce Detrimental Impacts of Global Agriculture” was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Meanings-of-Dress Success 24 January 2019

Meanings-of-Dress Success

What message is that person attempting to convey with their beehive hairdo and silver cape? You just might find out in The Meanings of Dress, a textbook co-edited by FDM professor Andy Reilly that’s been released in its 4th edition. The book, updated with new examples, promises to tell readers how—and why—consumers buy clothing and accessories, and to increase their global awareness as they study dress and appearance.

Kanaka Maoli and Malama ‘Aina 11 January 2019

Kanaka Maoli and Malama ‘Aina

Noa Lincoln (TPSS) is one of the guest editors of a special issue of the journal Sustainability focusing on biocultural restoration in Hawai‘i that is the largest collection of scientific publications by Native Hawaiians. Biocultural restoration incorporates humanity and its connections to nature in a larger effort to restore the health, function, and resilience of land- and seascapes.

Climate and Vegetation Shape Wildfire Risk in Hawai‘i 10 December 2018

Climate and Vegetation Shape Wildfire Risk in Hawai‘i

A new research paper by Dr. Clay Trauernicht is the first study to link climate change to increasing wildfire probability in Hawai‘i, and one of the few that looks at this question for tropical regions more broadly. He used the “footprints” of historical fires mapped on the Big Island to quantify how vegetation, ignition frequency, and climate contribute to wildfire probability.

Fungus in the Frass 7 December 2018

Fungus in the Frass

The first study to implicate ambrosia beetles in Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) has been published by CTAHR researchers and co-authors, who identified Xyleborus ferrugineus, a non-native beetle, as one culprit in the spread of Ceratocystis lukuohia in the Puna area of the Big Island. C. lukuohia is a tree-colonizing fungus that leads to widespread ROD in ʻōhiʻa lehua trees. 

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