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国際窒素固定会議(宮崎)【N-fixation conference at Miyazaki】

posted Oct 19, 2013, 5:37 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida Hokudai   [ updated Oct 19, 2013, 5:40 AM ]
  I do not remember how many conferences I attended in this year but there are many more trips planned until the end of this year. Yes I am very busy. I was at Miyazaki prefecture until yesterday. Miyazaki is located at the South Island of Japan (Kyushu). There was a conference about nitrogen fixation and I talked about a technology to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from soybean systems, in English of course. The attendants were probably half Japanese and the other half was foreigners. I made some new scientist friends from Africa or from Europe. During my stay at Miyazaki, TV news told me that there was a first snow in Hokkaido, where I live. It was a bit depressing but well after all, it is good to be home. 
  About the “technique” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from soybean systems, it is a microbial technique. We found and used this special microbe in a soybean field to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the field. This microbe can also fix nitrogen. This was why I attended this “nitrogen fixation” conference. There are a lot more unknowns in relation to soil microbes and these are why I am interested in them.