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植物を植えてみる【Planting some plants】

posted Jun 23, 2018, 2:11 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida

   I was in Zambia again, for a week or so. I went to Zambia to plant some plants. Plants do not grow well when soils are contaminated or when soil moisture is low. Also, human activities often decrease plants due to charcoal production (deforestation). This place is located right next to an ex-mining site and soils here show very high heavy metal contents. Also, plants suffer the extensive drying season in this area (Apr-Oct). 
   Thus, we started digging a borehole here and also set up a solar-powered pump. We sprinkle water on this land and aim to change this place to diverse plant-rich area. This project has been conducted mainly by Dr Mukumbuta in our team
   We planted a lot of lemongrasses and vetiver grass. Also, we planted some trees. We collaborate with local students at University of Zambia and testing various soil conditioners.