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Division of Agricultural Production

Full-time Research Staff

Professor / TSUJIMOTO Hisashi

 

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Field of specialization

Molecular Breeding Subdivision: Development of drought and heat-stress tolerant crops by use of genetic variation of the wild species

Research Activities

  1. Development of wheat experimental population including the diversity of Aegilops tauschii and evaluation of the tolerance to abiotic stresses
  2. Exploitation of novel traits in wheat lines with alien chromosomes
  3. Collection of wheat landraces and related species by plant expedition
  4. Genetic analysis of stress-tolerant genes using genomic tools


Fig.1 Collaborative research with Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan about heat stress tolerance of synthetic wheat derivative lines

Fig.2 High-density wheat linkage map by DArT markers and detection of QTLs for environment-responding traits



Professor / FUJIMAKI Haruyuki

 

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Field of specialization

Irigation and Drainage Subdivision: Water-saving irrigation, water harvesting and salinity management

Research Activities

  1. Optimization of irrigation depth using numerical model of water flow in soils (Fig1)
  2. Waterharvesting using a plastic sheet and tank
  3. Prediction of salt accumulation under localized irrigation and development of methods for desalination (Fig2)
  4. Scheduling of leaching for desalination


Fig1. Irrigation experiment in Jordan

Fig2. Experiment for reming salt using cloth in Egypt



Associate Professor / AN Ping

 

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Field of specialization

Plant Eco-Physiology Subdivision: Improvement of agricultural production and vegetation restoration in drylands

Research Activities

  1. Investigation of physiological mechanisms of drought and salinity tolerance in crops
  2. Development of technologies for the improvement of drought and salinity tolerance in crops
  3. Study on eco-physiological characteristics of the important plants in arid lands


Fig 1. Halophyte of Suaeda salsa grown in saline soils along Bohai Bay in China.

Fig 2. Cotton cultivaion in saline soils in Nanpi County, China.



Junior Associate Professor / ISHI Takayoshi

 

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Field of specialization

Plant cytogenetics Subdivision: Creating new breeding methodology by chromosome engineering

Research Activities

  1. Elucidation of chromosome elimination mechanism in hybrid plants
  2. Germplasm enhancement by wide hybridization
  3. Acceleration of breeding by manipulation of centromere-specific histone H3 variant (CENH3)


Fig 1. Phylogenetic relationship in grass species. Wheat and oat are crossable with the other subfamily species as maize, sorghum and pearl millet. However, hybrid embryos show chromosome elimination.

Fig 2. Cowpea telomere sequence (left figure, red dots) visualized by RGEN-ISL method.



Visiting Research Staff

Visiting Professor / Ammar Wahbi (Syria)

Field of specialization

Plant Nutrition Subdivision: Drought tolerance in wheat varieties using carbon isotope discrimination



Visiting Professor / NISHIMURA Taku (Tokyo University)

Field of specialization

Soil Physics Subdivision: Soil Nitrogen Dynamics in an Agricultural Sandy Field using Stable Isotope



Visiting Professor / IWATA Hiroyoshi (The University of Tokyo)

Field of specialization

Biometrics and Bioinformatics Subdivision: Data Science for modeling environmental responses of plants



Specially Appointed Staff


Specially Appointed Associate Professor / Yasir Serag Alnor MOHAMMED

Field of specialization

Stress Tolerance Breeding Subdivision: Development and exploration of crop germplasm for a biotic stress tolerance



Specially Appointed Assitant Professor / MEGA Ryosuke

Field of specialization

Molecular Biology and Plant Physology Subdivision: Molecular elucidation on physiological responses of plants for enbironmental stresses


Internal Visiting Research Staff



Professor / KODAMA Motoichiro (UGSAS)

Field of specialization

Plant-Microbe Biology Subdivision: Applications of microbes to enhance stress tolerance in arid land crops


Professor / AKASHI Kinya (Faculty of Agriculture)

Field of specialization

Molecular and Cellurlar Biology Subdivision: Molecular biology and physiology of arid land platn resource and plant biotechnoloy towart increased biomass production


Professor / SHIMIZU Katsuyuki (Faculty of Agriculture)

Field of specialization

Water Use and Management Subdivision: Monitoring and assessment of agricultural water use and management


Associate Professor / TANAKA Hiroyuki (Faculty of Agriculture)

Field of specialization

Plant Genetics Subdivision: Exploration and utilization of wheat genetic resources maintained in high quality flour under heat and drought stress


Associate Professor / TSUJI Wataru (Faculty of Agriculture)

Field of specialization

Crop Production Science Subdivision: Elucidation of mechanism of drought tolerance in crops and development of appropriate crop cultivation technology


Assistant Professor / SAKUMA Shun (Faculty of Agriculture)

Field of specialization

Molecular and developmental genetics Subdivision: Elucidation of molecular genetic basis controlling plant architecture in cereal crops



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