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What is your location? (country, region, city, or other))
Kyoto, Japan and Auckland, NZ
Self-description (yourself or your organisation)
volunteer, experienced, professional, university graduate, researcher, university, institute
Work areas/research interests
ethnobotany, plant ecology and genetics, human ecology, agricultural history, archaeology, museology
Work affiliations (past or present)
(1996-present) National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.
(1995) Freelance editor, Kyoto
(1994) JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto.
(1993) Research Visitor, Australian National University,
(1991) Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology,
(1990) STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ano, Japan
Preferred means of contact
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Postal address (work) or other contact details
National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Preferred language(s) for correspondence
English, German
Further details - e.g. working languages, short CV, reason(s) for joining this network
Co-organised 11th International Aroid Conference, Hanoi, Dec. 2013 (see conference website)

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University of Auckland (MSc Botany)
Australian National University (PhD Prehistory).

Member of:
European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA)
International Aroid Society (IAS)
Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
Society of Economic Botany (SEB)
Society of Writers, Editors and Translators (SWET, Japan)
Tree Croppers Association (New Zealand)
World Archaeology Congress (WAC)

Journal reviewer (various years):
Archaeology in Oceania
Australian Journal of Botany
Economic Botany
Journal of Archaeological Science
Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
New Zealand Journal of Botany
Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology
Senri Ethnological Bulletin
Tropical Agriculture and Development
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What are your favourite local and international research-related journals, newsletters, or popular-science magazines? Please name up to six in total, without ranking
Economic Botany, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, New Scientist, Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter, Archaeology in Oceania
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History of the Research Cooperative

The Research Cooperative was established in 2001 as an not-for-profit initiative. Our first network, The Research Cooperative NZ, operated successfully for seven years, using an open-source system customised by Dr Cees Lensink (Webcase, NZ).

Our new network is based on a generic social-networking system provided by, and offers better security and better communication tools for our members and visitors.

See our introduction in English for further information on the aims and history of the network.

The top logo of our network shows two figures sitting back to back, in red. I made the following version on 30th April 2011 after seeing a great Paul Klee exhibition in Kyoto, where I live.

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Many fictional robots have achieved literary and cinematic fame. I am sure the following list should be longer. Please add a comment with your own list!

Why robots? The working kinds that already occupy factories around the world are merely unthinking machines, but there is serious discussion of what might happen if truly thinking robots are invented. The challenge is scientific, ethical, and philosophical all at the same time.

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At 18:16 on August 19, 2015, sagna.a said…

Dear peter

I have completed my MSc in botany From Madras Christian College,Chennai.I have done a work on the ethnomedicinal Knowledge of Kattunaika Tribes of Wayanad in Kerala District.Now am working as a Junior Research Fellow in Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden Research institute,Plaode. Am very much interested in Ethnobotanical works and want to do my best to the real heroes of the nature,and thereby for the betterment of my society.I would also like to do Phd in ethnobotany related field, in abroad.But for me financial is a problem but have enough willpower and determination.So i would like you to suggest me any possible ways to achieve my goal.

Thank you

At 1:42 on May 27, 2015, Beniam Tadesse Abdissa said…

Dear Peter

Thanks for your question. I did a  thesis related to copolymerization and electrocatalysis while i was at a graduate school and I want to participate in any activity  or update myself with information  related fields such as polychemistry, etc.



At 19:25 on May 11, 2015, Nopparat Thepthepa said…

Dear Peter,

I'm at Osaka, Ibaraki campus. Thank you for your suggestion concerning my research theme. If it is ok for students from other universities to use the library at MINPAKU then I will go there sometimes. You are also welcome to our university.

Best wishes,



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