Green Biology Research Division

This division is composed of three research groups. We promote basic research and technological development regarding green biological science to solve problems in today's global environment. The key words of this division are environmental stresses and genome science.

Development of stress-management by using plants

Several problems such as environmental pollution, warming temperature and destruction of ecosystem have great impact to the world in which many animals including human beings live.

We aim to analyze and to clarify the molecular mechanisms of the biological responses in animals to many stresses such as alteration of temperature, aridity, environmental chemicals, biologically active agents and reactive oxygen species. In particular, we are interested in the molecular mechanisms related to maintenance of the homeostasis in animals, transcriptional controls of gene expression, chromatin modifications, evolution and adaptation.

Through study, we try to find the similarity of stress responses between animals and plants, and to establish a novel research area, which includes global mechanism of response to environmental stresses.

The research group of Professor Yamauchi, including Dr. Okada and Dr. Ishihara, is responsible for these projects. Additionally, this group provides multiple perspectives on the research through the participation of Associate Professor Sohrin who studies about the material cycle systems in the ocean.

Innovation in Food Production Technology through Genomics and Genetic Engineering

Environmental degradation caused by global warming, salt damage, and radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear accident, as well as globalization of agricultural markets due to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are serious issues that call for the innovative development of new plants through genomics and genetic engineering to overcome the shortcomings of today's crops. We plan to search for useful plant genes such as those for low cost-high yield traits (lodging resistance, large grains, and high biomass), adaptability (photoperiodism), and stress tolerance (high-temperature ripening and salt resistance) and reveal the function of these genes. We will develop plant breeding techniques that effectively utilize such genes and construct new plant genomes. Professor Tomita leads this research group.

Shizuoka University Research Institute of Green Science and Technology

836 Ohya, Suruga-ku,
Shizuoka City, Shizuoka,
422-8529, Japan

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