Sunday, 17 January 2010

Japanese link

So, I was having a conversation with someone about the dandelion project and they mentioned an article they'd read in The Times that reported that the European dandelion was now considered an alien invasive species in Japan.

With further research I found that it has spread to many parts of Japan, particularly in urban and sub-urban areas, as it sucessfully out-competes the native Japanese species. Because the European dandelion is apomictic (it dosen't need pollinating before it sets seed), negative effects are incurred by native dandelions that do need to be pollinated before producing seeds.

I've read a few journals from various institutes in Japan that have conducted studies: The School of Human Science, Waseda University, Japan; National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Laboratory of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kinki University, Nara, Japan.

I wonder if they do T-shirts from Kinki Uni? I want one if they do.

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