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Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences


The Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) Department conducts research and provides instruction on plant and environmental protection and pest management. Management of pests and pathogens that impact agriculture, urban and natural environments is essential to preserve the economic and ecological future of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. Societal concerns about protecting our natural resources and the environment have resulted in a plant and resource protection focus stressing biological control, integrated pest management, and genetically based methods.

At the undergraduate level, PEPS offers a BS in plant and environmental protection science. This is an interdisciplinary program that includes entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and environmental science; upper division studies can focus on any of these areas. The program covers pest management, crop protection, biotechnological approaches, environmental regulations, economics, toxicology, and rural and urban sociology as these relate to the focus areas.

At the graduate level, the Department offers degrees in entomology and tropical plant pathology. In entomology, it offers graduate study leading to the MS (Plan A and Plan B) and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation research can be selected from any of these subject areas: acarology, biological control of insect and weed pests, biotechnology and insect genetics, insect ecology, insect physiology, insecticide toxicology, insect transmission of plant pathogens, medical and veterinary entomology, pest management, systematics, urban entomology, and tropical pest management.

In tropical plant pathology, PEPS offers graduate study leading to the MS (Plan A and Plan B) and PhD degrees. The program focuses on agricultural crops of economic importance, but also supports basic research in both natural ecosystems and the laboratory. Supported sub-disciplines of the field include phytomycology, plant virology, bacteriology, nematology, epidemiology, crop protection, and the molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions.

The Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department has cooperative relationships with other institutions including Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Agricultural Research Service of the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.


The Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department programs are primarily supported by the literature of entomology and plant pathology. In addition, both entomology and plant pathology draw heavily on the literature of agriculture, biology, chemistry, genetics, and microbiology. Entomology also relies on zoological literature as plant pathology does on botanical literature.

Additional entomology and plant pathology materials relating to Hawaii and the tropical Pacific are acquired through Special Collections. The Hawaiian Collection is the primary repository for material originating in Hawaii. The Pacific Collection includes materials about islands of the Pacific. These departments sometimes purchase duplicate copies of heavily used titles for the general circulating collection. The Government Documents Collection also includes relevant agricultural literature especially from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Research in the Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department is also supported by collections in the Bishop Museum Library and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (formerly the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association) Library. There are no formal collecting arrangements with these libraries.


Language: English is preferred. Spanish and Portuguese publications on pests and pathogens of tropical crops are collected. Historical materials in Dutch, French and German concerning the tropical Pacific are occasionally acquired. Asian language materials are collected for tropical crop pests and pathogens; they are housed in both the Science and Technology area and the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: No limitations; there is special interest in tropical crops and their pests and diseases.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed. Rare and historical materials may be acquired as gifts.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Scholarly journals are of primary importance in entomology and plant pathology; where available and financially feasible, Web access is preferred for journal subscriptions. Web-accessible journal article databases, including back files, are acquired as funds permit. Monographs and monographic series on current research in the field are generally collected in print format, but e-book availability is increasing. Conference proceedings are collected selectively in either print or Web accessible electronic format. Reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are collected and Web access is preferred when available. Dissertations and theses in print format are collected on a very selective basis. Audiovisual materials and microforms are purchased only when requested by faculty. Excluded are manuscripts and preprints and reprints of journal articles.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: All treatments are included with the exception of popular works and lower level textbooks. Upper level textbooks are selectively acquired. Both research and applied aspects are collected. Historical and biographical treatments are acquired selectively.


Books that document relevant scholarly research and university level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the entomology or plant pathology subject librarian ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

NOTE: This policy replaces the previous policies for Entomology and for Plant Pathology.

Compiled by: Eileen Herring
Date: June 2008

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