Research from Japan reveals that mangroves can’t cope with cold feet.Continue reading Why are there no Arctic mangroves?
LIDAR survey of forests in Borneo and Japan shows that in the canopy conifers and broadleaf trees are battling to extract the most energy from the sun.Continue reading Competitive conifers prefer an uneven canopy
Free—open access paper: Isolated history of the coastal plant Lathyrus japonicus (Leguminosae) in Lake Biwa, an ancient freshwater lake
Lathyrus japonicus commonly inhabits seashores. However it also grows near the shores of an inland lake (Lake Biwa, an ancient japanese freshwater lake) where it is assumed to have been isolated for a long time. The impact of this long-term isolation on phylogeographic and population structures is described. This reveals low genetic diversity due to the bottleneck effect. Implications for these dwindling inland populations and their conservation are discussed in this free—open access paper.Continue reading Free—open access paper: Isolated history of the coastal plant Lathyrus japonicus (Leguminosae) in Lake Biwa, an ancient freshwater lake
There’s an interesting post on Alex Tiller’s Blog on Agriculture and Farming that I missed earlier. Alex asks Will Agriculture in Japan Survive? It’s a timely question as the recent tsunami hit over 10% of rice-producing areas in Japan. As Alex points out there really isn’t a lot of room to expand agriculture because Japan is mostly mountains. Things get worse when you add the after-effects of the Fukushima meltdown. Visit Alex Tiller’s blog to read more.Continue reading What happens now to agriculture in Japan?