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Michael Kantar

Michael Kantar is currently an assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, he received his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota and did a post-doc at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on Neo-domestication, crop wild relatives, and the genetic basis of local adaptation. . The Lab is interested in the intersection between genomics, agriculture and ecology. The goal is to examine complex interactions so that everyone can work toward creating food systems that are more productive, healthy and sustainable. Currently the lab broadly focuses on the breeding and genetics of vegetable crops through the use of crop wild relatives.

Interests: water, food

UN SDG’S: SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2 No Hunger, SDG 6 Clean Water & Sanitation, SDG 7 Renewable Energy, SDG 13 Climate Action


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