Norio Tanaka

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Recent molecular phylogenetic studies reported high diversity of Ruppia species in the Mediterranean. Multiple taxa, including apparent endemics, are known from that region, however, they have thus far not been exposed to phylogenetic analyses aimed at studying their relationships to taxa from other parts of the world. Here we present a comprehensive(More)
DNA barcoding reveals a new record of Potamogeton distinctus (Potamogetonaceae) and its natural hybrids, P. distinctus × P. nodosus and P. distinctus × P. wrightii (P. ×malainoides) from Myanmar (2014) DNA barcoding reveals a new record of Potamogeton distinctus (Potamogetonaceae) and its natural hybrids, P. distinctus × P. nodosus and P. distinctus × P.(More)
The changes of natural sensitivity in terms of lagoon morphometry, particularly the inlet morphometry and flushing properties of the Koggala lagoon, Sri Lanka, are presented in this paper. The morphometric assessment is based on analysis and consideration of morphometric characteristics for three scenarios of the lagoon, namely: (1) before the construction(More)
Effects of root architecture, physical tree characteristics, and soil shear strength on overturning moment due to flooding were investigated using Salix babylonica and Juglans ailanthifolia, exotic and invasive plants in Japanese rivers. Tree-pulling experiments that simulated flood action were conducted, and the resulting damage was examined to assess the(More)
The effects on Robinia pseudoacacia (an exotic and invasive plant in Japanese rivers) of local scouring and saturation of the soil in the root-anchoring zone due to flooding were investigated. Scouring has been defined as the removal of substrate in the root-anchoring zone, exposing the tree roots. Tree-pulling experiments were conducted, simulating flood(More)
The effectiveness of coastal or inland forests in trapping floating debris produced by destructive tsunamis has long been discussed but never clarified quantitatively. To estimate the effectiveness, especially in reducing the damage to wooden buildings (houses) behind the forest, a nonlinear long wave equation model that includes not only destruction of the(More)
Limosella is a small aquatic genus of Scrophulariaceae of twelve species, of which one is distributed in northern circumpolar regions, two in southern circumpolar regions, two in the Americas, one endemic to Australia, and six in tropical or southern Africa or both. The Australasian L. curdieana has always been considered distinct but its close phylogenetic(More)
The diploid aquatic genus Sparganium (Typhaceae) comprises ca. 14 species mainly in cool temperate regions of the world. Among these, S. emersum comprises two infraspecific taxa, subspecies acaule from eastern North America and subspecies emersum from Eurasia and western North America (and occasionally from eastern North America as well). However, there has(More)
A field study using satellite images was carried out to analyze the effect of coastal vegetation in mitigating the impact of a catastrophic tsunami on coastal villages in the Biobío Region, Chile, in February 2010. Two types of stand, Pinus radiata D. Don forests and Cupressus macrocarpa Hartw. shelterbelts, appear to have protected coastal areas behind(More)
The aquatic and wetland ephemeral genus Isolepis (Cyperaceae) comprises 76 species mostly in the southern hemisphere, and especially Africa and Australasia. The latest taxonomic revision recognizes three subgenera (Fluitantes, Isolepis and Micranthae) and three sections in subgen. Isolepis. Subgen. Fluitantes, mat-forming perennial herbs typically bearing a(More)