Two AFEC-X 2015 students published their indepdendent project results on Oikos

February 9th, 2017 Comments off

Congratulations to Bruno Leles and Xue Xiao !

You did wonderful work during the AFEC-X 2015! 

Leles, B., Xiao, X., Pasion, B. O., Nakamura, A. and Tomlinson, K. W. (2017), Does plant diversity increase top–down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest?. Oikos. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/oik.03562

Higher trophic level interactions are key mediators of ecosystem functioning in tropical forests. A rich body of theory has been developed to predict the effects of plant diversity on communities at higher trophic levels and the mechanisms underlying such effects. The ’enemies hypothesis’ states that predators exert more effective top–down control of herbivorous insects with increasing plant diversity. Support for this hypothesis has been found in temperate forests and agroecosystems, but remains understudied in tropical forests. We compared incidence of attacks of different natural enemies using artificial caterpillars in a tropical forest landscape and investigated the role of plant community structure (i.e. species richness, composition and density), and the role of forest fragmentation (i.e. patch size, edge distance and canopy openness) on predation intensity. Plant community effects were tested with respect to three vegetation strata: trees, saplings and herbs. Observed predation was substantially due to ants. Predation rates increased with plant species richness for trees and herbs. Density of saplings, herb cover and herb species composition were important factors for predation. No significant patterns were found for fragmentation parameters, suggesting that forest fragmentation has not altered predation intensity. We conclude that in tropical forests, top–down control of herbivorous insects in the understory vegetation is affected by a combination of plant diversity, plant species composition and structural features of the plant community.

Attacked artificial caterpillar

Bruno (left) and Xue (Right) in the field

Bruno (left) and Xue (Right) got the best project honor

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2nd XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

December 21st, 2016 Comments off

Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017_2nd time

Venue: Meeting room 101  (XTBG Kunming branch) or Meeting room 1 (XTBG headquarter)  according to how many people will register from each side

Dates:  15 – 20 February  2017 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  application will be closed before 20 January 2017

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feefree

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals. It will cover the entire process, from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers. Part-written papers or rejected papers that need to be re-written are also OK. The workshop will mix lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and writing sessions, followed by feedback. The timetable will be flexible, but in general the lectures will be in the morning while the afternoons and evenings will be for independent writing and one-to-one consultation.

The workshop is targeted at young scientists from XTBG (PhD candidates and early career researchers) with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals. [If there is demand, later in 2017 we will run a 3-day course for mid-career scientists with more publication experience].

Major topics: The publishing process; current trends in scientific publication; publication ethics; literature searches; choosing a journal; writing scientific English; better titles; writing attractive abstracts and introductions; clear presentation of methods and results; what to discuss and how to do it; manuscript submission; cover letters; dealing with reviewer comments; special topics.

Student number: a maximum of 18

Instructor: Professor Richard Corlett

 If you have any questions about the workshop, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn,  and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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1st XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

December 11th, 2016 Comments off

Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017

Venue: Meeting room 1

Dates:  15 – 20 January 2017 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  application will be closed before 10 January

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feefree

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals. It will cover the entire process, from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers. Part-written papers or rejected papers that need to be re-written are also OK. The workshop will mix lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and writing sessions, followed by feedback. The timetable will be flexible, but in general the lectures will be in the morning while the afternoons and evenings will be for independent writing and one-to-one consultation.

The workshop is targeted at young scientists from XTBG (PhD candidates and early career researchers) with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals. [If there is demand, I will later run a 3-day course for mid-career scientists with more publication experience].

Major topics: The publishing process; current trends in scientific publication; publication ethics; literature searches; choosing a journal; writing scientific English; better titles; writing attractive abstracts and introductions; clear presentation of methods and results; what to discuss and how to do it; manuscript submission; cover letters; dealing with reviewer comments; special topics.

Student number: a maximum of 18

Instructor: Professor Richard Corlett

 If you have any questions about the workshop, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn,  and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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AFEC-X 2016, Application Open

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2016 

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 9 Oct – 20 Nov 2016 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 31 July and 31 August 2016 for application out of China and in China respectively.

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use, and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

Food and hotel costs: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel, and will have fund to cover part of the cost for all participants. Every participant needs to pay RMB 4,000 (or 680 USD) for the rest part of the fee.

Scholarships: We have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive five course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Biology, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, and more.

If you have any questions about the course, please email to

Mr. Jingxin Liu liujingxin@msn.com or

Prof. Richard Corlett corlett@xtbg.org.cn or

Associate Prof. Alice Hughe ach_conservation@hotmail.com

Do not hesitate to download the AFEC-X 2016 Application form if you are interested and spread this notice to anyone you think might be interested.

 

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XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016 calls for applicants

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Spatial Ecology: XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016

Type: Workshop

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates:  18 – 23 July 2016 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 8 July 2016

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 1200

Accommodation, food and local transport: the fee will cover local transport, teaching materials, and food etc., but will not cover accommodation. Participants are free to choose any hotel during the workshop, but we can help to get a discounted price if participants choose to stay in the Jinjiangyuan Holiday Inn 勐腊金江源假日酒店 in the town (http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst  or the Royal Waterlily Hotel 王莲宾馆 in XTBG (http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com).

About: The aim of the workshop is to teach participants how to use GIS software and understand how to develop analyses which best utilise spatial approaches. We will go through various GIS techniques, and learn how we can simulate the environment at an ecologically relevant and adaptable spatial-temporal scale for any given study. From this will move onto modelling approaches, and use techniques which explore the relationship between organisms and environmental conditions. We will then use various spatial statistical approaches to further explore the data.

Students will then be expected to build their own spatial ecological study, using their own data and with the support and guidance to develop a rigorous approach to understanding their data from a novel perspective.

The workshop is targeted for graduate students, professionals and well trained practitioners

Topics: ArcGis and QGIS, Basic GIS, GPS and GIS, Experimental design, Projections, datum and coordinate systems, Remote sensing, Creating data layers, Changing resolutions, Finding data, Standardisation and quality, Databasing, Species distribution modelling, Understanding environmental change, Spatial statistics

Students’ number: 30 maximum

Instructors: Associate Professor Alice Hughes

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn , and/or ach_conservation@hotmail.com

 

Do not hesitate to download the Application form if you are interested.

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Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016 calls for applicants

April 6th, 2016 Comments off

Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates:  22–31 May 2016 (10 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: application will be closed at 10 May 2016

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feeRMB 2,000

Accommodation,food and local transport: the fee will cover local transport, teaching materials, and food etc.,but will not cover accommodation. Participants are free to choose any hotel during the workshop, but we can help to get a discounted price if participants choose to stay in the Jinjiangyuan Holiday Inn 勐腊金江源假日酒店 in the town(http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst or the Royal Waterlily Hotel 王莲宾馆 in XTBG(http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com).

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals, with a focus on the biological and environmental sciences.It will cover the entire process,from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments, as well as scientific writing skills. It will also teach how to write reviews, as well as opinionand perspective articles.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers (with research results in hand). The workshop will mix lectures, demonstrations and writing sessions, followed by feedback from experienced scientists and journal editors. The timetable will be flexible.

Major topics: Modern scientific publishing, plagiarism and publication ethics, choosing a journal, impact factors, what editors and reviewers want, scientific writing skills, writing abstracts, presentation of statistical analyses, scientific graphics, writing review articles, other article types, the submission process,cover letters, responding to reviewer comments, maximizing citations.

Target: The workshop is targeted at young scientists (PhD candidates and early career researchers) from Chinese Organizations, with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals.

Student number: a maximum of 20

Instructors: Professor Richard Corlett and other XTBG staff.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn, and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016_Application form

Meta 分析研修班招生通知

March 21st, 2016 Comments off

生态学与保护生物学Meta-分析研修班

Meta-analysis workshop in ecology and conservation

1.目  的

推动meta分析在国内生态学与保护生物学领域的应用。

2.内  容

讲座:meta分析的概念理论、分析类型、模型选择、操作步骤(以授课老师自己的研究为例)。

练习:分小组,各小组讨论确定一个科学问题,之后检索筛选文献、提取数据、分析数据,最后各小组讲解分析结果。(如有可能,培训结束后写成文章发表,文章要致谢培训班)。

3. 对  象

相关学科的在读博士研究生及助研及以上级别的科研人员或教学人员(要求以第一作者身份发表过英文学术文章)。

4.规  模

为保证学习效果,学员人数限定在15-20人。

5.时  间

报名截止:2016年4月10日。

结果公布:2016年4月11日之前。

培训起止:2016年4月20日-26日,共7天。

6. 地  点

培训:云南省西双版纳傣族自治州勐腊县勐仑镇中国科学院西双版纳热带植物园(XTBG)

住宿:XTBG王莲宾馆(http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com/)或者

金江源假日酒店(http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst)

7. 讲师及相关文章

张霜助理研究员

中国科学院生态环境中心城市与区域生态国家重点实验室

Zhang, S., et al. (2015). “The equal effectiveness of different defensive strategies.” Scientific Reports 5: 13049.

Zhang, S., et al. (2012). “The ecological effects of the ant–hemipteran mutualism: A meta-analysis.” Basic and Applied Ecology 13(2): 116-124.

陈思翀博士

新南威尔士大学进化与生态研究中心(澳大利亚)

Chen, S.-C., et al. (2016). “Plants show more flesh in the tropics: variation in fruit type along latitudinal and climatic gradients.Ecography (Accepted)

Chen, S.-C. and A. T. Moles (2015). “A mammoth mouthful? A test of the idea that larger animals ingest larger seeds.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(11): 1269-1280

8. 语  言

中文授课。

9. 费  用

报名费:1200元/人(用于授课费、场地费及培训期间餐费等),报到时交费。

其它费用:学员需自行承担往返交通费及培训期间住宿费及意外保险等费用。

10. 报名方式

填写报名表并发送至liujx@xtbg.org.cn

 

刘景欣

中国科学院西双版纳热带植物园

科学传播与培训部

电话:0691-8713775

手机:13578472534

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AFEC-X 2015 Closed by its Symposium

November 25th, 2015 Comments off

from http://english.xtbg.cas.cn/ns/es/201511/t20151125_156466.html

The 6-week Advanced Field Course in Ecology and Conservation-Xihuangbanna 2015 (AFEC-X 2015) came to a successful end on November 23, with 32 students from 11 countries presented their research to a panel of judges.
The course included lectures, practical work in the field of laboratories. The students learned patterns of species distribution, climate change biology, application of molecular biology in biodiversity conservation, conservation biology, invasion ecology, methods of investigating insects and birds, statistical analysis, R program, and experiment design etc. They investigated tropical vegetation around Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical garden (XTBG), canopy corridor, 20-ha forest dynamic plot, and canopy cranes. Course students also did a field trip to “Yuanjiang Savana Ecological Station” in Yuanjiang National Nature Reserve from 31 Oct to 3 Nov. Then they carried out group project in and around XTBG.
On November 23, the students presented their group work to the judges. The 7 projects were as following:
1. Edge effects on herb community in limestone forest and rubber plantation of XTBG: the conservation of native herbs
2. Does plant diversity increase top-down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest?
3. Adaptive ability of seedlings of three important tree species in the limestone forest under two light conditions
4. Impacts of artificial light on the activity of insectivorous bats in different habitats
5. Habitat characteristics influence dragonfly diversity and abundance in Man-made ponds in XTBG
6. Influence of functional and social traits of bats on Ectoparasitism in XTBG
7. Ecological impacts of rubber plantation on ants.
The best research project award went to “Does plant diversity increase top-down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest” completed by Dr.Bruno Pereira Leles from Brazil and Ms. Xiao Xue from XTBG.

Dr. Jin Chen, Dr. Richard Corlett, Dr. Alice C. Hughes and other five judges conferred certificates to the trainees at the closing ceremony. They encouraged the students to keep in contact and go further in research career and to make contributions to regional biodiversity conservation.

 

AFEC-X China 2015, Application Open

May 8th, 2015 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2015 Osbeckia stellata 星毛金锦香-BGAN_F (1)

Type: Field course

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2015 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 31 July 2015

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, and Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country.

Accommodation, food and local transport: the course fee will cover local transport but will not cover food and accommodation (except during field trips). Participants should expect to spend approximately RMB 50 per day on food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town. We can also help to arrange accommodation for participants at a budget hotel in Menglun town (RMB 50/bed/day/). We are happy to help arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel preference and room sharing preference when registering for the course.

Fellowships: We have a limited budget for full fellowships (course fee exemption + travel grant), and half fellowships (course fee exemption only), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need-please indicate this on your application, with justification (and any other potential sources of funding).

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Systematics, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Species, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Statistics, Presentation  and Writing Skills, and more.

Application: The program is exceedingly competitive, so please try to convince us why you would benefit from the course. We aim to build capacity across the region by training motivated and talented students: so please try to demonstrate why you fit that definition. Why would you like to participate in AFEC-X 2015, what skills would you like to learn, and what would you like to do next. Please provide as much relevant information as possible on your application, and tell us in detail why you would like a place on the course. The quality of applications helps us select participants, so please persuade us why you deserve and would like a place, and why you are interested in ecology and conservation.

 

Please help us to circulate the AFEC-X 2015 flyer!  Thanks a lot!!!

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujingxin@msn.com, achughes@xtbg.ac.cn, and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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AFEC-X China 2014, Application Open

May 27th, 2014 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2014

AFEC-X 2014

Type: Field course

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2014 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 30 Aug 2014 for foreigners who need to apply Visa, and 5 September for Chinese and foreigners who do not need to apply Visa

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, and Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 8,000 (or equivalent US$, high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or equivalent US$, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country.

Accommodation, food and local transport: the course fee will cover local transport but will not cover food and accommodation (except during field trips). Participants should expect to spend approximately RMB 50 per day on food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town. We can also help to arrange accommodation for participants at a budget hotel in Menglun town (RMB 80/day). We are happy to help arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel preference and room sharing preference when registering for the course.

Fellowships: We have a limited budget for full fellowships (fee exemption + travel grant), and half fellowships (fee exemption only), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Systematics, Evolutionary Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Ecophysiology, Invasive Species, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology, Soil Ecology, and more.  Both natural ecosystems and human-dominated landscapes will be covered.

Please help us to circulate the course flyer in English and Chinese!  Thanks a lot!!

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujingxin@msn.com and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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