Professor Tsang helped save Hawai‘i export market with innovative, non-chemical pest and pathogen treatments. He was part of a research team that received the 2010 Governor’s Award as State Team of the Year for developing hot water systems for disinfesting exports.
Professor Mathews is best known for his research on nutrient cycling in tropical pastures and potentially environmentally sensitive release of phosphorus from pasture soils to surface waters.
Professor Sakai researched biofuels and salinity, and Hawai‘i P-20 agricultural education. His research in aroids, the plants of the arum family (Araceae) of which taro is a member, continued throughout his career.
Associate Professor Arancon pioneered research in the utilization of earthworm-worked soil amendments, referred to as vermicomposts, in increasing the growth, flowering and yields of plants.
Professor Shintaku specializes in researching diseases of taro, ginger, and lettuce, all crops of the Hawai’i Island agricultural community.
Associate Professor Haws conducts applied research in industry development, technology transfer and student training. She also specializes in the fields of invertebrate biology, aquaculture and coastal management, and natural resources management policy.
Professor Tsutsumi specializes in honey bees in Hawai‘i. She runs the apiary at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory and produces practical knowledge and scientific literature about honey bees that benefit local beekeepers.