Rice is the staff of life for people around the world, and its use in a variety of applications in addition to a staple food, is expected in the future. By elucidating its potential capabilities and the mechanisms that underlie environmental adaptation of rice, we are aiming to contribute to agriculture and to society.
This laboratory conducts research on the three areas of fruits, vegetables, and flowers: (1) the structure and function of fruits, leaves, and roots in fruit trees; (2) photosynthesis and water relations in vegetable cultivation; and (3) the alteration of coloration and fragrance in ornamental flower plants.
Genetics and Breeding Science
This laboratory conducts research on new methods for breeding rice, a major cereal grain. The objective is to achieve commercially viable, next-generation breeding methods by establishing targeting methods in rice that can design genes with higher accuracy than the conventional recombination of genes.
Plant Molecular Genetics
The objective is to clarify at the level of genes the mechanisms by which a plant survives, such as how a plant responds to changes in nutritional status and how roots come about.
One of the main objectives is to elucidate environmental factors that accelerate or prevent outbreaks of the plant disease, with the consideration for interactions of the host and microorganisms. Using a wide range of experimental technique including field works and molecular genetics, let's establish sustainable agro-ecosystems for our foods production and for our only one Earth.
This laboratory investigates the classification and ecology of agricultural pests as natural enemies, in particular, parasitoids (parasitic wasps).
Recently, we have made a strenuous attempt to tackle the challenges of biodiversity, and conducted a survey of insect fauna on agricultural land as well as in natural forests.
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Today, issues regarding food, agriculture, and rural areas have become increasingly complex. In this laboratory, we unravel various issues that they face from the point of view of social sciences (economics and business management), and seek solutions to them.