College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
We’re exploring some of the research conducted by CTAHR -UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. We’ll learn about traditional farming practices and indigenous plants as well as chemicals in the aquatic environment and their effects on food fishes. Environmental social scientist, Dr. Mehana Vaughan, welcomes us with an ‘oli to the coastal community of Wanini (Anini), Kaua’i, and shares knowledge of this special place. Next, we learn about the science and importance of traditional farming practices and growing indigenous food crops like ‘ulu and kō with Dr. Noa Lincoln at CTAHR’s outdoor Magoon Research Facility in Mānoa Valley. Then, we take a look inside at CTAHR’s Agricultural Science Building where Dr. Andre Seale discusses the research his group is doing on Tilapia fish—which have an amazing ability to live in both fresh and salt water by adjusting their internal physiology.
CTAHR serves Hawai‘i and the international community through education, research, and extension programs in tropical agriculture and food systems, human nutrition, food and animal sciences, family and consumer science, molecular biosciences and bioengineering, plant and environmental protection sciences, and natural resource management.— Season 6, Episode 3.