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Red Imported Fire Ants of Taiwan

By Mayuko Suwabe on Tuesday,October 30th, 2018 in Ants, Collecting, News, OPG, Research, Visit, No Comments

We visited Taiwan for the research of Red Imported Fire Ant in Taiwan. Not to be stung. The safety issue is always important for us, but… Yoshi got several this time (T_T) when he tried to collect alates from colony. They are very good fighters and succeed to break into from our cuff… (-_-)

Listening to ecosystems: New study published using acoustic monitoring to study Okinawa’s “Soundscape”

By jhjanicki on Monday,November 20th, 2017 in Audio, Biodiversity, Research, No Comments

At every OKEON site there is a small green box attached to a tree. These boxes are acoustic monitors, and they are recording natural sounds almost constantly. As part of the OKEON project, we use these natural sound recordings, or “soundscapes”, as a way of monitoring biodiversity. We collect more than 1 terabyte of audio […]

OPG Visit: Fire ants in Taiwan

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,February 22nd, 2017 in Ants, Collaboration, OPG, Research, No Comments

Taiwan has been fighting fire ants over a decade. They must have excellent tactics to battle fire ants that we can adopt as a counter-plan to keep them away from Okinawa. To learn from their experience and knowledge, we visited the Red Imported Fire Ant Control Center and a fire ant control business. The staff was […]

Listening to the sounds of nature: switching on OIST’s acoustic monitoring network

By jhjanicki on Friday,February 17th, 2017 in Audio, Biodiversity, Data, Research, No Comments

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and for birds living in Okinawa it’s the perfect time to start thinking about building a nest. In warm years like this one, the Tree Sparrow (スズメ) begins its breeding season around this time, followed by the Pacific Swallow (リュウキュウツバメ), the Japanese White-eye (メジロ), and the Japanese Tit (シジュウカラ). If […]


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