Division of Science for Bioresources

Division of Science for Bioresources

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 Biofunctional Chemistry

  • The department’s research focuses on Agricultural Chemistry, which is interdisciplinary research field encompassing bioscience, biotechnology, and agrochemistry. The study of Agricultural Chemistry includes fundamental investigations on life phenomena of plants, animals, microorganisms, and the chemical structures and functions of their bio-products and also advanced fields for applying our discoveries in ways that improve human society.

  • Department of Plant Stress Science

  • Plants are exposed to a range of negative growth factors such as atmospheric, soil, and biotic stresses. These problematic environments for plants must be controlled to achieve stable food production. The educational and research subjects of this division are to 1) find novel genes adapted to these stress environments, 2) develop stress tolerant plants, and 3) control stress environments, by using the diversity found in plant genomes and genes.