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‘Raising Awareness of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death’

Posted March 21, 2017, 12:14 PM HST
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“Raising Awareness of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death: A Presentation by Dr. J.B. Friday” will be held on Thursday, March 23, starting at 7 p.m. in the UH Hilo Wentworth Hall, Room 1.

Dr. Friday will discuss the fungal disease that is causing extensive mortality across tens of thousands of acres of ‘ōhi’a (Metrosideros polymorpha) forests on Hawai‘i Island. Loss of these native forests threatens native species, watershed protection, landscape and cultural resources.

Dr. Friday will provide updates on what is currently known about the pathogens, how the disease moves, how it is being monitored, ongoing research and measures being taken to limit the spread of the disease.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation in partnership with the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy.

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On-campus parking after 4 p.m. is open and available without charge.

For more information visit malamamaunakea.org or call (808) 933-0734.

The presentation is part of the free Maunakea Speaker Series offered by the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy.

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