Research Presentation: Hawaiian ‘Uala Varieties (Live Webinar)
Hawaiian ‘Uala (Sweet Potato) varieties have not been extensively characterized since E.S. Handy’s archipelago-wide collections from Hawaiian farmers in the early 20th century, and the conservation status of what was likely well over 100 Hawaiian cultivars remains unclear today. A recent study titled Characterizing the Diversity of Hawai‘i Sweet Potatoes published in the Journal of Economic Botany attempts to understand, through molecular tools, the relatedness and genetic diversity of old Hawaiian cultivars of ʻuala relative to other varieties in local cultivation. In this live online presentation, Aurora
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K. Kagawa-Viviani and Dr. Ted Radovitch will share the findings of their research to better understand Hawaiian ʻuala varieties using information on plant genetics and characteristics. Following the presentation, we invite audience members to join an open discussion to reflect on what this tells us about Hawaiian agricultural and cultural history and to suggest ideas to support future increased local cultivation of a diversity of ʻuala for home and commercial production. Aurora K. Kagawa-Viviani is an ecohydrology researcher on a joint project of the UH-Hilo Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit, USGS- Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, and the UH Mānoa Water Resources Research Center. Theodore J.K. Radovich, Ph.D., is an Extension Specialist, Researcher & Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences.
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