IPB University Student Wins Third Best Presenter in the ARN Symposium, Japan


Recently, Siska Anggiriani, student of IPB University’s Master’s program in Forest Product Technology, Department of Forest Product Technology, presented her research on “The Role of Subterranean Termites in Microplastic Transportation in the Terrestrial Ecosystem” at the virtually held 5th Asia Research Symposium Node (ARN), at December 22-23, 2020.

This symposium was held by the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University, Japan. The ARN Symposium encloses the advancement of science and technology in the fields of material science, plant science, entomology, microbiology, ecology, forestry, wood sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, architecture, space science, atmosphere science, environmental sciences, electromagnetic sciences, agriculture, and other related sciences which pay contribution to create a “Sustainable Humanosphere”.

Siska’s presentation attracted special attention from the symposium participants and was announced as the third best in oral presentation. This is due to the fact that currently, plastic pollution, which was the background of her presentation, has become a global problem, added on to the issue of limited information about the role that subterranean termites play in the transport of microplastic in the terrestrial ecosystem.

Siska’s research was done under the supervision and guidance of Prof Dodi Nandika, a lecturer of IPB University’s Department of Forest Product Technology and Dr Khoirul Himmi Setiawan, a renowned researcher in the Biomaterial Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia.

This research is part of IPB University’s collaborative research done with the Biomaterial Research Center of LIPI and RISH-Kyoto University. Keeping in mind the benefits of the findings gained from this research, a continuing research will be held in the following two years in other land ecosystems such as natural forests, agriculture land sites, and urban landscapes.



Published Date : 16-Jan-2021

Resource Person : Prof Dodi Nandika, Siska Anggiriani

Keyword : Earth, Forest, Plastics, Termites, Garbage, Department of Forest Product Technology, IPB University

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