|Stable production and distribution of safe and reliable foods, environmental preservation and biodiversity conservation are fundamental challenges that secure human existence, and are of increasing significance today on a global scale. Nutritious and tasty dairy and meat products, food crops and garden ornamental plants are essential in helping us to lead pleasant, culturally rich lives. To resolve the above challenges, we must deeply understand animals, plants and microorganisms, including pathogens and, develop, improve and disseminate efficient, sustainable and practical technologies based on that understanding. |
Division research focuses on effective use of animals (livestock) and plants (crops) as required in the 21st century, and provides cutting-edge education and research regarding food production by combining macroscience, which deals with individual organisms, and microscience, which deals with cells, genes and chemical compounds.
Department of Plant Science
All life on the earth is dependent on the energy fixation of solar power through photosynthesis by plants. Sustainable, reliable, and safe food production and a high quality supply is essential for our lives in the 21st century. In addition, the exploitation of Bio-energy has become a pressing concern. Innovative technology based on a deep understanding of plant physiology, ecology, and genetics and their diseases will lead to overcoming the challenges facing our food supply. Based on plant science, we study and direct advanced technology for breeding, disease control, propagation, cultivation and postharvest handling in agricultural and ornamental crops.
Department of Animal Science
Human society is related to animals in diverse ways; animals are used not only for food production but also for experimentation in medical and pharmaceutical research, which serves as the basis for healthcare, medicine and pharmacy. Animals also function as means of psychological therapy and serve as companion creatures. Such utilization and application of animals to human activities involves numerous problems that cannot be resolved without applied research and technological development, which are based on fundamental research. With this fact in mind, the Department of Animal Science carries out fundamental research to clarify various functions (heredity, reproduction, physiology, immunity, nutrition and ecology) relating to vital phenomena at the levels of animal cell, individual and group. The Department also works on applied research to find solutions for various problems relating to animal production, human health and medicine, to apply such solutions in technological development, and even to address challenges in the biotechnology-based production, management and logistics of livestock food products. Through these research activities, the Department seeks to develop human resources who are equipped with highly specialized knowledge based on comprehensive perspectives, and who have problem-solving and R&D capabilities.