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High-schoolers join scholars to lift the lid on Hong Kong's soil biodiversity

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Soil and its macrofauna are an integral part of many ecosystems, playing an important role in decomposition and nutrient recycling. However, soil biodiversity remains understudied globally. To help fill this gap and reveal the diversity of soil fauna in Hong Kong, a team of scientists from The Chinese University of Hong Kong initiated a citizen science project involving universities, non-governmental organizations and secondary school students and teachers.
October 5, 2022

Soil and its macrofauna are an integral part of many ecosystems, playing an important role in decomposition and nutrient recycling. However, soil biodiversity remains understudied globally. To help fill this gap and reveal the diversity of soil fauna in Hong Kong, a team of scientists from The Chinese University of Hong Kong initiated a citizen science project involving universities, non-governmental organizations and secondary school students and teachers.

“Involving citizens as part of the new knowledge generation process is important in promoting the understanding of biodiversity. Training younger-generation citizens to learn about biodiversity is of utmost importance and crucial to conservation engagement,” say the researchers in their study, which was published in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal.
Working side by side with university academics, taxonomists and non-governmental organization members, students from 21 schools/institutes were recruited to collect soil animals near their campuses for a year and record their observations.

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