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Peter Matthews
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New Zealand and Japan
What do you do?
Editor, Researcher
National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
Fields of interest
science, agriculture, biodiversity, sustainable development
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English, German
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I am an ethnobotanist based in Japan after training in plant sciences and archaeology. I am interested in the origins and history of agriculture in general, and specifically in the origins and domestication of taro (Colocasia esculenta).

As a researcher and research editor based in Japan, I have also seen the difficulties faced by researchers who must publish in a second language. This led me to create the Research Cooperative in 2001. This was shifted to the superior Ning social network platform in May 2008. The site overlaps slightly with the Research and Media Network, but is mostly complementary, being much more focused on the practical steps required in research-based writing and publishing, and less focussed on science writing or journalism

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At 7:52 on September 6, 2009, mehri said…
Dear Peter
i hav'nt any idea about the sunspot and cooling,but i know about aviation and cirrus cloud and warming. we know that the huge industrial countries don't help and do anything about climate change, so what should we do?
At 18:51 on May 24, 2009, Markus Eichhorn said…
Re - Greek landslides. That's not something I've come across before, but it may well appear somewhere. Have a look at Cato too in case it comes up in Roman agriculture. It would depend a lot on the nature of the landslide. Mineral soil can actually be pretty difficult for plants to germinate in if it doesn't contain the necessary symbiotic fungi.
At 11:05 on May 24, 2009, Markus Eichhorn said…
Thanks for your message about landslides. In response, I don't know of any work that's been done in Malaysia, but there have been some good studies by Ed Tanner (Cambridge) in the Caribbean that would be worth looking at. I'll have a think about it and see what else I can come up with.
At 10:51 on April 22, 2009, Shahidul Islam Chowdhury said…
Hi Peter
What do you think about making communicating science issues in second language in developing countries easier?
Shahid, Dhaka
At 15:20 on April 20, 2009, Nigel Eady said…
Hi Peter,

Thanks for posting the bursary info on Research Cooperative.

At 18:30 on March 2, 2009, Karen Trimbath said…
Hello Peter,

I am very intrigued by your suggestion. CRDF's Web site needs some updating, including links to other relevant sites. It seems that highlighting social networking sites for scientists and communicators would be perfect, or perhaps creating a social networking site for Russian scientists and others who for various reasons have been isolated and need to reconnect with the international scientific community.


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