Guide to the departments and adjunct facilities

Department of Biological and Environmental Science

Striking a balance between obtaining nourishment for humankind and preserving the environment could be said to be the biggest challenge that we as a species are now facing. This department tackles this issue head-on. To do this, we integrate the study of the impact of agriculture (that is, the production of foodstuffs and biological materials) on the environment (looking at everything from the effects of production to the use of these materials in human living environments).

pic-AWe analyze the physiology of plant photosynthesis at a genetic level.The photo shows a plant with albinism caused by genetic damage.
* Albino … Lacking color (etiolated) due to lack of chloroplasts and therefore unable to conduct photosynthesis.

pic-ACultivation of the “Ishigaki Strawberry”. This is a special product of Shizuoka Prefecture. We are studying a method of cultivation using livestock manure, composted discarded food, etc. as plant nutrients, with the goal of establishing a system of agriculture incorporating resources recycling.

pic-ALeucocoryne (photo) is plant that is native to Chile. It has attracted attention as a potential new commercial flower. We are trying to establish a method of cultivation so that this South American native can be raised in the quite different climate of Japan.

A cabbageworm (the larva of the cabbage butterfly) becomes infected with entomopathogenic filamentous fungi, which kills it This study leads to the integration of beneficial species to control harmful insects into the agricultural ecosystem.

Biomass has been referred to as a clean resource.
We are trying to develop a method for using biomass as a source of various raw materials that we consume in our daily lives.

We want to clarify the ecology and functions of microorganisms that exist in the ecosystem.
The photo shows nitrogen-fixing bacteria taken from the soil in a tea field, observed under a microscope.
* Nitrogen-fixing bacteria … Microorganisms that participate in the circulation of nitrogen, an essential nutrient, within the ecosystem

The soil is an important component of the agricultural ecosystem, and it is the linchpin of the planet's physical cycle of production and renewal. Let's take a look into this issue. The photo shows a paddy field and gley.
* Gley … Soil that has been exposed over a long period to a hydric environment and turned blue.

The greening of the desert at Mt. Fuji (2005)
The local leader is the Mt. Fuji National Trust.


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