The University of Hawai’i at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is one of only a handful of programs in the United States that conducts research on tropical crops and is well positioned to be the world leader in tropical crop breeding and tissue culture propagation. CTAHR has long worked closely with the agriculture industry to provide innovative solutions to problems unique to Hawaii. New and existing cultivars of anthurium, orchid, tropical fruits and nuts, root crops, and other tropical crops released from CTAHR to local industries have proven to be beneficial to the health and growth of those industries. New hybrids developed by CTAHR and provided to local industries have always been of the utmost importance to remain competitive in the global marketplace.
CTAHR is interested in expanding the quality products and services Hawaii has come to expect from them. CTAHR can assist Hawaii’s agricultural industries to deliver on consumers’ demands for wide variety, superior quality, consistent supply, and excellent service through the development of an active and robust plant breeding program aligned with an efficient and cost-effective tissue culture propagation program working in close cooperation with the industry. The vision for this program is to increase the partnership between CTAHR and their clientele, providing high quality product, faster turnaround, and more transparency. This program will also support the production and distribution of new varieties. To further this vision, CTAHR would like to gauge the industry’s acceptance/tolerance/demand for a local tissue culture laboratory that will be an integral part of this program.
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