Biology and Art - March 2023

This month’s contribution comes from a Laotian Ph.D. candidate, Phonepaseuth Phongphayboun studying taxonomy and phylogeography of flowering plants in Laos, especially Begonia. Phonepaseuth is interested in exploring nature and photography of wild flowering plants.

[22 March UNESCO – World Water Day]
Water is essential in supporting the diversity of life in an ecosystem. Without it, plants could not perform photosynthesis responsible for producing food and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Animals also need water for survival, either by drinking it or living in marine environments. However, water pollution can have severe impacts on ecosystems, causing harm to both aquatic and terrestrial organisms and the ecosystem. Therefore, it is essential to protect and sustainably manage our water resources to maintain their health.

The rules are simple: 5-7-5, there is no seasonal reference word (a kigo), but your poem must relate to either biology or the topic of the month, and you are writing in English.
Therefore, Phonepaseuth’s haiku for this month is:

water is life’s base
nourishing the earth and us
a gift from the sky



WORDS to learn this month are:
taxonomy - 分類学, phylogeography - 系統地理学, photosynthesis - 光合成, aquatic and terrestrial environment - 水域と 陸上環境