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  • Chemistry and Physiology Toolkit

    By Research Cooperative, 2022-06-06

    Physiology calculators at Physiology Web include many lab-friendly tools.

    For example, the Percent (%) Solutions Calculator includes not just a calculator that covers different measurement scales,it also has a nice text explaining the three different ways of calculating percentages for solutes in solutions (w/v, w/w, and v/v).

    The "Mapping Genetic Diversity" was an international research project supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Kakenhi No. 17H04614). Project period: 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2021.

    Taro ( Colocasia esculenta ) is an ancient root and vegetable crop of temperate and tropical regions of Africa, Eurasia, and Oceania. In recent centuries it also reached the Americas. We are attempting to learn more about the natural and cultural history of this crop, in Southeast Asia and beyond.

    The application for JSPS funding was submitted in October 2016, and accepted in April 2017. These were public funds administered through the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, under the direction of the project leader, Dr Peter J. Matthews.

    See Matthews profile and publications list at the Museum website.

    Publications related to this project can be found here: Researchgate profile .

    Further publications are planned and will be announced here when published.

    Links to related publications  by other project members can be added to the Project website, as time permits (e.g. on cultivated taro, or aroid taxonomy). A Wild Taro Working Group will also be developed here.


    C. formosana , vic. Mt Polis, Philippines

    (PJM, 22nd Nov. 2011)

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    Maritime Asia and Oceania Studies

    By Research Cooperative, 2022-05-22
    Maritime Asia and Oceania Studies

    Until the beginning of 2021, the Wild Taro Research Project was supported by a four-year JSPS grant (1st April 2017- 31st March 2020).

    In 2021, Dr Matthews received support from a JSPS project led by Dr Rintaro Ono, and in 2022 he joined a project led by Dr Rintaro Ono at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan: Maritime Asia and Oceania Studies. This project in turn is supported under the framework of a Networked Core Project for the Promotion of Global Area Studies, directed by the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan.

    The funding made available through this collaboration is enough to support a part-time research assistant and analysis of samples collected during previous fieldwork. Our main focus will be a study of genetic diversity in the cultivated aroid Alocasia macrorrhizos and its near relatives (including to some extent Colocasia spp.).

    Photo: Alocasia odora in regenerating forest, Ishigaki Island, Japan (PJM, February 2022)

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    Archives toolkit

    By Research Cooperative, 2022-04-10

    For background, see:

    1. Michael Eisenstein (2022) "In pursuit of data immortality" - https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00929-3

    Summary Quote: "Data sharing can save important scientific work from extinction, but only if researchers take care to ensure that resources are easy to find and reuse". 

    2. Bryn Nelson (2009) "Data sharing: Empty Archives" - https://www.nature.com/articles/461160a

    For educational resources, and more, see:

    GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO) . https://www.go-fair.org/

    "In 2016, the ‘ FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’ were published in the journal Scientific Data with the aim of improving the Findability , Accessibility , Interoperability , and Reuse of digital assets.

    Society of American Archivists ( https://archivists.org ) - "North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists." Has a useful dictionary of terms often used in relation to archives and their contents.

    Reading in 2022

    By Research Cooperative, 2022-04-07

    Enjoyed reading:

    John Berendt (2006) The City of Falling Angels. Penguin Books, London, 420 pp.

    Non-fiction. A wonderful social history of modern Venice, based on the author's experiences and investigations in the city over many years. The author made patient efforts to meet many different kinds of people, and gain diverse perspectives on many aspects of city life and history. I admire his ability to follow many threads of study and bring them all together. Despite taking up some (locally) very controversial topics, he is able to state at the beginning: "All the people in [this book] are real, and are identified by their real names. There are no composite characters".

    Geerat Vermeij (1997) Privileged Hands: A Remarkable Scientific Life. W. H. Freeman and Company: New York.

    Non-fiction. The author is a biologist who became blind in childhood, in the Netherlands. After migrating to the USA with his family, at a young age, he became fascinated with seashells, ecology, palaeobiology, and the evolution of molluscs. His vivid descriptions of field work in many different countries transported me far from Kyoto at a time when travel for my own fieldwork has been greatly limited. I enjoyed this beautifully written book as much for the author's personal story as for the broad view of 20th century biology and evolutionary theory.

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