Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
A bioluminescence gene (GFP) inserted into the genome of Tobacco mosaic virus allows researchers to track the progression of infection as the virus travels throughout the plant. Infected areas glow green under ultraviolet light, while uninfected areas remain red.
Drs. Shizu Watanabe and Michael Melzer (Agrosecurity Laboratory) search for coconut rhinoceros beetles in a coconut palm in Palau to understand the genetics of the population and develop management tools in Hawaii, Palau, and elsewhere in the Pacific Region.
Students sampling insects above the clouds at 13,800 feet to find out who eats who in a unique and potentially endangered ecosystem on the top of a volcano.
Natasha Navet, PhD student in Tian Lab, is investigating an easy and rapid assay to identify transgenic basil plants in T1 segregating populations.
Dr. Janice Uchida's Phytomycology lab is screening cacao cultivars for resistance to Phytophthora, a pathogen that causes fruit rot and severely limits production in the field.
Our collections hold over 400,000 specimens of, mostly Hawaiian, insect species that are available for research projects and a source of inspiration for students of all ages.
Undergraduate students participated in a DIY screenhouse project to help organic farmers battling challenging pests otherwise difficult to be managed in organic production system.
Student field trip to an experiment station to learn about various weed management strategies from extension agents.
The Kamehameha Butterfly is one of only two butterfies endemic to Hawaii. PEPS researchers are trying to preserve this butterfly, whose population is dwindling in the wild.
Bachelor of Science Program
Preparation for an advanced degree in Entomology or Plant Pathology begins in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences "Tropical Agriculture and Environment" undergraduate program. Enroll in the "Insects, Plant Pathology and Invasive Species Management" Track to prepare for Masters and PhD studies at PEPS.
MASTER AND DOCTORATE IN
Hawaii's location in the Pacific basin provides students with an ideal setting for tropical pest management and environmental studies. Learn more about advanced studies in Entomology here.
MASTER AND DOCTORATE IN
TROPICAL PLANT PATHOLOGY
Agriculture, urban, and natural environments are severely affected by invasive plants, arthropods (and other animals), and disease-causing organisms. Learn more about advanced studies in Tropical Plant Pathology here.
Learn more about PEPS research efforts in Hawaiiʻs unique island ecosystems here.
PEPS is home to many important Extension and Outreach programs for Hawai'i, to address the pest pressures of our subtropical climate.
Department of Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences
Gilmore Hall 310
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7076
Fax: (808) 956-2428
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