Rumiko Nakashita

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Stable isotope analysis of organic elements such as carbon and nitrogen has been employed as a powerful tool for provenance determination of food materials, because isotopic compositions of the materials reflect many factors in natural environment. In this study, we examined carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope signatures of beef from Australia, Japan, and(More)
We determined the magnitude of isotopic fractionation of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios (as enrichment factors, Δδ13C and Δδ15N, respectively) between the tissues and diets of captive Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) using a controlled feeding experiment, to provide basic data for reconstructing their feeding habits. The Δδ13C and Δδ15N values,(More)
Measures of δ13C and δ15N in tissues of Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) can be useful in helping researchers identify nuisance bears and in determining whether a specific bear might be consuming anthropogenic food such as garbage and corn. However, the δ13C and δ15N values of native foods vary across the bear’s range. The purposes of this study were(More)
Stable isotopic compositions and elemental contents of the H, C, N, and O in 163 rice samples were analyzed. The samples were taken from three different farming countries; Japan (n = 103), United States of America (n = 30), and Australia (n = 21), in addition of Asian rice samples from Thailand (n = 2), Vietnam (n = 1), and China (n = 6) as comparison. They(More)
We determined the δD values of the total fatty acids of Japanese rice to test the hypothesis that there is a wide variation in the hydrogen isotopic composition (δD) of the total fatty acids of Japanese rice sourced from different growth areas in Japan and to distinguish the minor differences among these growth areas. The δD values showed a wide variation(More)
The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether or not Japanese black bears (Ursus thibetanus japonicus) are induced ovulators. The progesterone levels of female bears kept with a male and allowed to mate (n=2) and female bears allowed contact with a male through bars but not allowed to mate (n=6) during the mating season increased significantly in late(More)
Stable isotopic compositions of carbon (δ13C) and oxygen (δ18O) in plants reflect growth conditions. Therefore, these isotopes might be good indicators of changes in environmental factors, such as variations in air temperature caused by climate change. It is predicted that climate change will lead to a greater increase in minimum air temperatures (primarily(More)
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