BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii researchers are aiming to boost their efforts in the fight against Rapid Ohia Death.
The University said on Wednesday that it surpassed a $35,000 fundraising goal in just two months and have set a new goal of $50,000.
The funds collected will go to battling the disease that has killed more than 100,000 acres of native forests on the Big Island.
Researchers say the money will help them tackle high-risk areas.
"If we reach our stretch goal of $50,000 then we'll be able to hire a student employee from the University of Hawai'i and with their help we should be able to double the amount of seeds of 'ohi'a that we're able to collect, preserve and store," said Marian Chau, the Seed Conservation Lab Manager.
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