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ザンビアでの研究【Research in Zambia】

posted Jul 21, 2016, 1:03 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida Hokudai

   We have been to Zambia, again. We had a kick-off workshop for the currently running project and did some field survey before the workshop. We had spent two weeks there with students helping me a lot. It was such a fruitful visit. 
   What we did in Zambia was something I will write little by little. Today, I write about a research on plant community. The research we can actually do on site is limited. Although we can actually import samples to Japan to do further analyses but it is extremely troublesome to obtain permissions to do so. Thus, for this visit, we did some field survey with local (University of Zambia) students. 
   I remember I have written this before but the city we visited, Kabwe, is contaminated by lead (Pb). Thus, we hoped that when we compare plants growing in different regions in Kabwe, we may be able to identify plants which we can use to clean up the Pb. We may also be able to find plants grow only in clean environment. Well, but we had never seen most of the plants there so it is difficult to identify them.