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Dr. Dongmei Jie’s phytolith research team in northeast China

Professor Dongmei Jie, who works at Northeast Normal University in China, first read a paper related to phytolith analysis in 2005, which kindled a strong interest in pursuing phytolith research. Over the next five years, she read and collected many relevant papers, and traveled to Beijing to personally consult with Professor Houyuan Lu, the pioneer […]

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Phytolith research in Brazil: An Overview – Carolina Glaeser Benincá, IPS Web Envoy

Brazil is South America’s biggest country, covering nearly half of the continent’s landmass. Home to over 20% of Earth’s biodiversity, the country encompasses a vast array of landscapes and environments, including tropical and subtropical domains, wetlands, great plateaus, and low hill ranges. The territory is divided into six biomes: Amazon Forest, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga, […]

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Phytolith Research in Southeastern China – First Envoy Post by Xinxin Zuo

The aims of our studies using phytolith analysis are four-fold: 1. Archaeological and cultural aspects To determine how and when prehistoric agriculture emerged and spread in southeastern China and its relationship to environmental changes. Located on the southeast coast of China, Fujian is a critical junction for the spread and migration of agriculture and populations […]

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Bioturbation: Unveiling the role of ants and termites in the phytolith assemblage of tropical soils – First IPS Envoy Post by Carolina Glaeser Benincá

Over two thousand years ago, the French naturalist Saint’ Hilaire said: “soit le Brésil finit avec la fourmi [saúva], soit la fourmi finit avec le Brésil” [Either Brazil ends the ants [leaf-cutter] or the ant ends Brazil], dramatically illustrating the profound impact that a single biological element can have on the balance and sustainability of an […]

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