Let’s head to OIST Science Festa 2016 – Open Campus! OISTサイエンスフェスタ2016 −オープンキャンパス− へ向けて、只今準備中。

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The Economo unit is once again setting up a booth at the OIST Science Festa 2016 as part of the Open Campus event. “The Wonder of Ants”, a section of the booth that has always been popular, is also being exhibited but with more content than before. Moreover, this year the OKEON Churamori project will also set up its own section, with various collaborators gathering at the event, including teachers and students from Hentona and Yomitan high schools; Takamine san, the famous ant scholar who studied Okinawa ants for over 40 years; finally, Tone san, the curator of the Okinawa city museum and a speaker at the joint talk event that was recently held at the same museum.

At the Science Cafe, Yoshimura san and Tone san will be collaborating once again. Let’s talk about what we can do individually to preserve the environment of Okinawa.

After the Science Cafe, the teachers and students from Hentona high school will present their research results on ants collected from their school, which is surrounded by the nature of Yanbaru.

Time : 2016 November 27 (Sunday)
10:00~16:00 (Entry is until 5:30)
Location: OIST campus
https://www.oist.jp/ja/science-festival

The Wonder of Ants & The OKEON Churamori Project
Did you know that there are over 12000 described species of ants? Though ants are ubiquitous, they are infact very interesting creatures and fascinate not only the general public but also researchers. Similar to humans, they create their own society with each individual playing a role to accomplish tasks. Let’s experience together the profound world of ants.
We will display the efforts and the results of our environmental monitoring network, the OKEON Churamori Project.

10:45-12:15 Lab 3
OKEON Churamori Project〜Let’s work together for the future of Okinawa〜
Speaker: Masashi Yoshimura (OIST Biodiversity / Biocomplexity Unit)
Speaker: Tone Koichi (Okinawa municipal museum)

12:15-12:30 Lab 3
The ants of Hentona High School

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エコノモユニットでは、今年もOISTサイエンスフェスタ2016−オープンキャンパス− に、ブースを出すことになりました。いつもの人気コーナー「アリの不思議」もパワーアップの予定。さらに、今年は「OKEON美ら森プロジェクト」のコーナーを拡大します。プロジェクトが始動してからの成果を紹介します。

これまでの観測データの一部を公開するほか、プロジェクトの柱のひとつ、社会ネットワークの大きな成果として、地域との協働体制の中で一緒に活躍する方々による成果発表や、ボランティアとしての参加を予定しています。

島内の高校から辺土名高校の生徒さんたちは、この1年のアリ類研究の成果を発表の予定。読谷高校の生徒さん達は、ブースのお手伝いをしてくれます。沖縄のアリ研究に40年以上取り組んできた、あのアリ名人高嶺さんは、自らのアリ研究普及資料持参で展示に参加。そして、トンボの専門家でもある沖縄市立郷土博物館の学芸員刀禰さん。先日コーディネータの吉村がトークイベントで共演しましたが、今度は、刀禰さんがブースに来て博物館を紹介してくれます。

さらに、サイエンスカフェでは、刀禰さんがゲストスピーカーとして出演することになり、コーディネータ吉村との再共演が実現します。サイエンスカフェに引き続いては、辺土名高校の生徒さんたちによる成果発表の場を設定しています。

OKEON美ら森プロジェクトが目標としている、沖縄社会との協働ネットワークの構築。OISTサイエンスフェスタ2016 −オープンキャンパス− に集ってくださる皆さんは、地域社会とプロジェクトとの良い関係を象徴する大きな成果です。

みなさんお誘い合わせの上ぜひぜひ足をお運びください!!

日時: 2016年11月27日(日)
10:00~16:00 (入場は15:30まで)
会場: OISTキャンパス
https://www.oist.jp/ja/science-festival

アリのふしぎとOKEON美ら森プロジェクト
アリは1万2千種以上の種類が確認されているって、知っていましたか?ありふれた虫に見られがちですが、アリは、一般の人々だけでなく、研究者をも魅了する、実はとても興味深い生き物です。社会を作って生活していることもその一例。まるで私たち人間のように、それぞれが違った役割を果たすことで、全体の大きな仕事を達成します。実はとても奥の深いアリの世界を体験してみましょう。
沖縄の人たちと共に頑張る、環境モニタリングプロジェクト「OKEON美ら森プロジェクト」の取り組みや成果も展示!

10:45-12:15 Lab 3
OKEON美ら森プロジェクト〜沖縄の未来に、いま僕らができること〜
スピーカー:吉村 正志 (OIST生物多様性・複雑性研究ユニット・スタッフサイエンティスト)
スピーカー:刀禰 浩一 (沖縄市立郷土博物館 学芸員)
OISTが牽引する「OKEON美ら森プロジェクト」。沖縄の環境を調べて未来へ活かすことを目指して、環境調査とそれに関わる人たちのネットワークは沖縄本島全域に広がる。一方で、地元で地に足をつけて腰を据えた活動を展開し、地元の自然と人をつなぐ博物館。そして、自然環境を未来の世代へと受け継ぎたいと考える沖縄のみなさん。3者が沖縄の未来のためにできること、一緒に考えてみませんか?

12:15-12:30 Lab 3
辺土名高校内のアリ相
沖縄県には、約150種のアリが生息する。大自然やんばるに位置する辺土名高校内ではどれくらいの種類が生息し、どのような特徴がみられるかを校内の3地点で採集し、比較した。

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Joint talk event between OIST and the Okinawa Municipal Museum this Sunday

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This Sunday, on November 6, 2016, there will be a joint talk event between the Okinawa municipal museum (沖縄市立郷土博物館) and OIST, held at the Okinawa municipal museum. The first talk is going to be presented by the curator of the museum, and it is titled “Why is Okinawa city the entrance to Yanbaru”? The second talk is given by Yoshi, the coordinator of the OKEON Churamori project, and his talk is titled “Figuring out the biodiversity of Okinawa – OKEON Churamori project”.OIST will also have a booth set up at the event.

The talk will start at 1:30 pm and will be held at the 4th floor of the Okinawa Cultural Center, in the entertainment hall.
If you have any questions please contact the Okinawa municipal museum at 098-932-6882.

Rare ant found in OKEON sample

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A rarely-collected ant species, Protanilla lini, has been identified from a SLAM trap sample that was collected from Hentona High School (site04) between September and October last year. Protanilla lini belongs to the subfamily Leptanillinae. All members of the family are small, subterranean and often blind ants that are very rarely collected. We know very little about their biology, but we believe they are predators of larger prey such as centipedes or earthworms. It is likely that they perform some form of “dracula ant feeding behavior”, where the adults hunt large prey, but instead of feeding on it themselves they take their larvae to the prey, the adults then drink the haemolymph (or “blood”) of the larvae without causing any physical damage.

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Distribution of Protanilla lini, image from antmaps.org

 

This species has been recorded only in Taiwan and Okinawa. It has been collected only once before in Okinawa, and a couple of times in Taiwan.

The information and the specimen images were provided by our staff scientist Paco Hita Garcia.

OKEON Churamori Project presented at International Congress of Entomology 2016

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The nearly one-week long XXV International Congress of Entomology, under the theme Entomology without Borders, took place in Orlando this year from September 25-30. It brought together the largest delegation of scientists and experts in the history of the discipline with over 7000 participants and over 2000 talks, with topics ranging from biodiversity conservation to ecology and evolution to science communication.

Yoshi, a staff scientist of arilab and the coordinator of the OKEON project, represented the rest of the OKEON team at the conference by presenting a poster on the project. The poster, titled OKEON Chura-mori Project: A new environmental monitoring project in Okinawa, Japan , introduced the project and described its various components, including GIS, field network, genomics pipeline, as well as emphasized its collaborative nature by outlining the various partners of the project.

You can see the original poster here.