Monday (2/14/2022) as many as 74 Undergraduate Students of the Faculty of Biology UGM took part in the Sakura Science Program 2022. Students who took part in this program came from various grades / semesters. This Program was held online through a zoom meeting by Yamagata University, Japan from February 14, 2022 to February 19, 2022. This program was divided into two parts, there were learning session and practical session that start from 08:00 AM till 03:00 PM for each day. The Sakura Science Program 2022 is a form of collaboration between the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Yamagata University, Japan which has also been implemented in previous years.
The theme raised in this year’s Sakura Science Program is “Understanding the Asian Biodiversity by advanced Methodologies”. On the first day presentations covering “Introduction of Yamagata”, “Introduction of Yamagata University”, and “Introduction of University Museum” were delivered by Prof. Jun Yokoyama. On February 15, 2022, the presentations included : ”Plant Diversity of Southeast Asia”, “Plant Diversity of Japan and East Asia” and “How to Describe Plant Biodiversity?” delivered by Prof. Jun Yokoyama. On 16-17 February 2022, there were be a practical session, entitled “Workshop: How to Know Organismal Evolution from Molecular Data” and “Performance of Laboratory Works of Molecular Study for Biodiversity”, which was guided by Prof. Jun Yokoyama. The presentation class was again delivered on Friday with the topics “Termitophily: Unique Insect Diversity in Termite Nests” (presented by Dr. Taisuke Kanao), “Diversity of Asian Insects with Particular Attention to Researches on Herbivorous Ladybird Beetles” (presented by Prof. Naoyuki Fujiyama) dan “How do Plant Roots Respond to Water Deficit? : Physiological and Molecular Biological Dissection of Root Hydrotropism” (presented by Prof. Yutaka Miyazawa). The last day of the Sakura Science Program 2022 was closed by watching the live streaming of the snow mountains scenery around Yamagata City. (Ardita)