Science News 2012 (English)

Winter-Flooded Rice Paddies Aid Recovery After Tsunami

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Running Time : 5minutes

Publication Year(JFY) : 2012


Keeping fields flooded during winter is a traditional farming method called "winter-flooded rice paddies" and is known as an environment-friendly technique, but it is also effective in reducing salt damage. Mr. Shigeki Iwabuchi, director of NPO Tambo, together with Tohoku University's Ecosystem Adaptability Global COE, tried restoring paddies damaged by the tsunami using winter-flooded rice paddies to control salinity, and achieved remarkable results. This effort was even presented to the world at the Rio Earth Summit (RIO +20), as an experiment to bring about the recovery in both reconstruction and biodiversity.