The Power of Scientific Meetings / Researchers begin collaboration on research as a result of 2013 Fukushima symposium

 

 

The Power of Scientific Meetings / Researchers begin collaboration on research as a result of 2013 Fukushima symposium

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 18, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: Researchers begin collaboration on research as a result of 2013 Fukushima symposium

Besides being researchers in soil science, Dan Ferreira and Kosuke Noborio had nothing in common – until November 4, 2013. Ferreira teaches at Kennesaw State University, in Georgia, and Noborio works on the other side of the world at Meiji University, Japan.

But, November 4th was the day of the symposium titled “Battles of Soil Scientists in Fukushima, Japan,” with Noborio presiding, and Ferreira attending. From that symposium came an in-person meeting between the two researchers at the 2014 ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, discussion about potential research collaboration, and an invitation for Ferreira to visit Japan. These results show the power of scientific meetings in spurring creativity and collaboration amongst scientists – to the benefit of society.

“After I attended the 2013 meeting in Tampa, that sparked my current research,” says Ferreira. Fukushima is an area that was contaminated by radiocesium after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The disaster was spurred by an earthquake and resulting tsunami; clean-up efforts are ongoing.

Ferreira’s research is looking at ways to use plants (phytoremediation) to help clean up the contaminated soil.

“The way that radiocesium is incorporated inside the interlayers of 2:1 clays like vermiculite makes it very difficult to remove using ordinary remediation methods. However, phytoremediation techniques can often succeed in removing heavy metals from soils where other techniques fail. My colleague Matt Weand, a physiological ecologist at Kennesaw State, and I, have identified certain plant species that we think will be effective at accessing the radiocesium inside the clay mineral interlayers.”

“I invited Kosuke to meet with me at the 2014 Long Beach meeting,” says Ferreira. “We went out for lunch and began discussing my idea for remediating radiocesium in the soil downwind of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and potentially collaborating on it in the future.” ... 

By Susan V. Fisk

Name of Publication:
CSA News / Soil Science Society of America

Link to Article:
https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/abstracts/61/7/22?access=0&view...



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