Amber Needham's research while affiliated with University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and other places

Publications (3)

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Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson) Fosberg var. Ma'afala is an important traditional staple food crop of Samoa and Tonga that was recently introduced into commercial cultivation worldwide. To determine the impact of environmental conditions on fruit and nutritional characteristics, we evaluated the performance of Ma'afala trees planted at 2...
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Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) has been promoted as an underutilized crop with tremendous potential to address global hunger and transform agricultural practices in the tropics. While traditionally confined to Oceania, breadfruit has been spread throughout the global tropics in the 250 years, with a significant increase in distribution and product...
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Traditional crops are often forwarded as a critical means for increasing local food, yet little is understood about their consumption patterns in contemporary food systems. This study utilizes a survey to examine the consumption patterns, preparation methods, sources utilized, and awareness of health benefits of breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) in H...

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... As the world population and disruptions to food production simultaneously increase, local, sustainable, reliable, and healthful food sources will become increasingly essential. A previous meta-analysis of climate effects on fruit nutritional quality found that precipitation, temperature, and soil cation exchange capacity are the major climatic and soil characteristics impacting fruit nutritional quality in breadfruit with fiber, fat, carbohydrate, and protein content having the strongest interaction (Needham et al., 2020). Breadfruit has also been shown to shift seasonality, growth and productivity by location and microclimate Lincoln et al., 2019). ...
... Micro-nutrient deficiency known as hidden hunger is ravaging many countries impacting as many as 2 billion people worldwide (Haddad et al., 2015). Breadfruit represents a nutritious crop whose cultivation can help to reduce reliance on imported foods, contribute to re-establishment of traditional practices and improve health in those most impacted by these changes (Kaholokula et al., 2018;Langston and Lincoln, 2018;Needham and Lincoln, 2019;Turi et al., 2015). Turi et al. (2015) reviewed the nutrient compositional data for breadfruit, along with the available data on glycaemic index and carbohydrates. ...