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Updated: 2022/07/04

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    Division of Diagnostics and Control of the Humanosphere

    Laboratory of Material Biology

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    We investigate biomass structure and its formation/degradation to understand the potential of biomass as a sustainable material. Interdisciplinary research is conducted by scientific analysis of wood species and by compiling traditional species-specific wood uses.

    tomoya_imai

    Tomoya Imai
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Synthetic biology of biological macromolecules
    • Structure-property relationship in solid biomass
    • Development of new methods to identify the origin of wood material

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    Suyako Tazuru-Mizuno Suyako Tazuru-Mizuno
    Junior Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Wood species database construction for East Asian wood heritages
    • Development of new methods for wood identification
    • Isotope ratio studies in tree rings

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    kei-ichi_baba Kei’ichi Baba
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Physiology of wood formation and xylem differentiation
    • Wood formation under the shortened annual cycle system
    • Response of trees to microgravity or gravity direction

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    Laboratory of Biomass Conversion

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    We contribute to establishment of sustainable humanosphere through fundamental and applied studies on conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, functional analysis of biomass-degrading microorganisms and enzymes, advanced structural analysis of plant cell wall components and bioremediation.

    takashi_watanabe Takashi Watanabe
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Biodegradation mechanisms of selective white rot fungi
    • Conversion of biomass into functional materials and biofuels
    • Studies on biocatalysts for biomass conversion

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    takahito_watanabe Takahito Watanabe
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyushu Univ.)
    • Proteomics of white rot fungi
    • Genomics of xenobiotic-degrading bacteria
    • Biotechnology for bioremediation

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    Sadat Mohamed Rezk Khattab
    Program-Specific Senior Lecturer.
    Ph.D.  ((Al-Azhar University, Egypt)

    • Fermentation and Yeast Metabolic Engineering.
    • Conversion of biomass to biofuels.
    Kaori Saito Kaori Saito
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)
    • Efficient conversion of lignocellulosic biomass
    • Dissolution of biomass and structural analysis
    • Chemical structure of lignin polymer

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    hiroshi_nishimura Hiroshi Nishimura
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
     

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    Laboratory of Metabolic Science of Forest Plants and Microorganisms

    Using ideas and approaches based on chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomic sciences, we study the structure, formation, and engineering of plant secondary metabolites that constitute an important part of forest biomass.

    toshiaki_umezawa Toshiaki Umezawa
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Mechanisms for phenylpropanoid biosynthesis
    • Molecular mechanisms for lignin biosynthesis
    • Molecular breeding of biomass plants for a sustainable society

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    yuki_tobimatsu Yuki Tobimatsu
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Structure and formation of plant cell walls
    • Lignin chemistry and biochemistry
    • Molecular breeding of biomass crops

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    Daisuke_shibata Daisuke Shibata
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Omics sciecnces
    • Biotechnology
    • Utilization of solar photovoltaic cells in agricultural fields
    Bunzo_Mikami Bunzo Mikami/
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Structural Biology (Protein X-ray crystallography
    • Structure and function of food-related enzymes
    • Elucidation of protein function by crystal structure
    satoshi_konishi Satoshi Konishi
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. Sci. (Tokyo Univ.)
    • Sustainability Science
    • Fusion Technology
    takeshi_ara Takeshi Ara
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Development of multi-omics databases
    • Reconstruction of metabolic pathways using metabolome analysis
    • Analysis of biodiversity based on omics science

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    Laboratory of Plant Gene Expression

    The molecular functions of valuable genes from plants and other relevant organisms are genetically and biochemically studied. We also aim to integrate utilization of the studied useful genes for human life.

    kazufumi_yazaki Kazufumi Yazaki
    Professor
    Dr. Pharm. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Study and engineering of plant secondary metabolism
    • Transport mechanisms of functional small molecules in plants
    • Physiological functions of ABC transporters in plants


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    akifumi_sugiyama Akifumi Sugiyama
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Metabolites involved in rhizosphere interactions
    • Expression and functional analysis of membrane transporters
    • Metabolic engineering in plants and microalgae

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    Ryosuke Munakata
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Biosynthesis of plant metabolites showing pharmaceutical and/or toxic activities
    • Evolutionary analysis of plant specialized (secondary) metabolism
    • Microbial production of plant bioactive molecules
    Hiroaki Kusano
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Tokyo Univ. Sci.)
    • Gene discovery for metabolic engineering in plants
    • Plant molecular genetics and genome editing
    • Molecular breeding for industrial plant metabolite production

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    masaru_nakayasu Masaru Nakayasu
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kobe Univ.)
    • Exploration of rhizosphere chemicals involved in the regulation of crop robustness
    • Functional analysis of plant specialized metabolites in rhizosphere
    • Elucidation of saponin biosynthesis in plants

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    Laboratory of Atmospheric Sensing and Diagnosis

    We study and diagnose Earth’s atmosphere through accurate, long-term and comprehensive sensing using radio, light, and sound waves. We also develop various radio-optical atmospheric probing techniques, such as radar, lidar, and GNSS meteorology.

    hiroyuki_hashiguchi

    Hiroyuki Hashiguchi
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Development of advanced atmospheric measurement techniques
    • Observational study of the equatorial atmosphere using the EAR
    • Observational study of lower atmosphere dynamics

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    masanori_yabuki Koji Nishimura
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Development of radar technologies for the atmosphere
    • High-dimensional and space-time signal processing/data analysis
    • Inverse problems of measurement and mathematical modeling

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    masanori_yabuki Masanori Yabuki
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Sci. (Chiba Univ.)
    • Observational study of aerosol optical properties
    • Development of lidar techniques for atmospheric measurements
    • Height-resolved observations of atmospheric constituents

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    Laboratory of Atmospheric Environmental Information Analysis

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    Atmospheric conditions are monitored and diagnosed on the basis of synthetic analyses of global environmental information obtained from satellite observations, complementary ground-based observations, and laboratory experiments.

    kenshi_takahashi Kenshi Takahashi
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)
    • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions through trace gas exchange
    • Creation of laser-based methods for atmospheric observation
    • Laboratory study on chemical reactions of gases and aerosol

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    Laboratory of Radar Atmospheric Science

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    Experimental research on the dynamics and electrodynamics, especially vertical coupling processes, of the Earth’s atmosphere, through the development of advanced atmospheric radars from VHF to millimeter-wave band, such as the MU radar in Shigaraki and the Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR) in Indonesia.

    mamoru_yamamoto

    Mamoru Yamamoto
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Ionospheric irregularity
    • Atmospheric turbulence layers with radar interferometry techniques
    • Atmospheric radar systems

    > Personal web page
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    Tatsuhiro Yokoyama

    Tatsuhiro Yokoyama
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Ionospheric observation in Southeast Asia
    • Numerical simulation of ionospheric irregularities
    • Vertical coupling of atmosphere and ionosphere

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    toshitaka_tsuda Toshitaka Tsuda
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Development Observation techniques of the Earth’s atmosphere
    • Middle atmosphere science
    • Monitoring the atmosphere environment with GNSS

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    Laboratory of Atmospheric Observation Data Analysis

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    Small-scale turbulence plays a crucial role in the atmosphere’senergy cycle and is expected to have an increasing impact on human activities in the atmosphere due to climate change. We conduct experimental studies of its properties, generation mechanisms and impacts on vertical transport, energy budget, cloud dynamics at various altitudes and latitudes using multi-instrumental approaches.

    Hubert Luce

    Hubert Luce
    Professor
    Ph.D. (Toulon Univ., France)

    • Radar/in situ data analysis of the lower atmosphere at various latitudes Multi-instrumental observations of atmospheric turbulence, waves, and instabilities
    • Impacts of small-scale turbulence on vertical transport and cloud life cycles

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    Division of Creative Research and Development of Humanosphere

    Laboratory of Active Bio-based Materials

    We aim for the innovation of a variety of advanced processing technologies and functional materials related to sustainable bioresources, such as wood, based on the fundamental study of their physical properties and control mechanisms.

    hiroyuki_yano

    Hiroyuki Yano
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Production and utilization of cellulose nanofibers
    • Enhancement of wood properties

    > Activity Database on Education and Research

    kentaro_abe

    Kentaro Abe
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)

    • Characterization and advanced application of cellulose & chitin
    • Effective utilization of plant residues and waste
    • Wood physics and cell wall structure

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    Soichi Tanaka

    Soichi Tanaka
    Assistant Professor/Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Deformation processing of wood and wood-based materials
    • Impregnation of wood
    • Wood physics for processing and utilization
    fumiaki_nakatsubo

    Fumiaki Nakatsubo
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Synthetic organic chemistry and woody biomass constituents
    • Chemical structure-property relationships of woody biomass
    • Lignin-carbohydrate complex (LCC) bonding sites
    Akimitsu_Usuki

    Arimitsu Usuki
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Nagoya Univ.)

    • Preparation of Polymer/cellulose nanofiber(CNF)composites
    • Application of plant nanomaterials for automobiles
    Shuichi_Kawai Shuichi_Kawai
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • Development Wooden habitat and human health
    • Studies on aged wood
    • Studies on wood composites

    > Activity Database on Education and Research

    Masayoshi Watanabe Masayoshi Watanabe
    Professor Coordination Fellow
    Dr.Eng (Tohoku Univ.)
    • Innovation Policy
    • Manufacturing Technology
    • New material (CNF etc.) R&D
    takashi_kuboki

    Takashi Kuboki
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyushu Univ.)

    • Cellulose nanofiber reinforced polymer composites
    • Processing of polymers and composites
    • Microstructures and properties of polymers and composites

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    Laboratory of Sustainable Materials

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    We aim to establish a sustainable and circular system for the production and utilization of wood biomass by exploring its structure and function and developing environmentally friendly wood-based materials that take advantage of these characteristics.

    Kenji Umemura

    Kenji Umemura
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Development of natural adhesives for wood
    • Development of new wood-based materials
    • Degradation and durability of wood adhesive

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    Miyuki Matsuo-Ueda

    Miyuki Matsuo-Ueda
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Natural aging and thermal treatment of wood and their application
    • Application of mechanical optimization of trees

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    Laboratory of Timber Science and Engineering

    We estimate the strength properties of wood-based structural materials and pursue advances in engineered timber joints. We also evaluate and analyze the structural performance of wooden sub-assemblies and wooden structures in order to improve their safety performance in the event of earthquakes or/and strong winds.Division of Creative Research and Devlopment of the Humanosphere

    isoda

    Hiroshi Isoda
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (The Univ. of Tokyo)

    • Development of mid-rise, multi-story large-scale wooden buildings
    • Structural design and performance evaluation of construction with

      timber-based composite materials

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    Kohei_Komatsu

    Kohei Komatsu
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Development of the engineered joints for the glulam structures
    • History of the glulam
    • Structural characteristics of the traditional wooden structures in East Asia

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    Tomoyuki_Hayashi

    Tomoyuki Hayashi
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Processing technology and performance evaluation of structural wood-based materials
    • Utilization of wood for civil engineering
    • Dissemination and enlightenment regarding the use of wood

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    Takafumi_nakagawa

    Takafumi Nakagawa
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (The Univ. of Tokyo)

    • Development of collapse analysis method for timber structures
    • Development of structural performance evaluation method for wood houses using 3D CAD Information
    • Sophistication of the seismic diagnosis for wood houses

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    Laboratory of Innovative Humano-habitability

    To establish the society with resource recycle system in the future humanosphere, fundamental and innovative investigations on natural and urban/housing ecosystem will be conducted with emphasis on the symbiotic relations with forest and wood resources. The conversion of wood biomass to fuel, chemicals or advanced carbon materials using thermochemical technologies is also studied.

    Ohmura Wakako

    Ohmura Wakako
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Physiology and Ecology of Wood-Deteriorating Organisms
    • Development of a Detections System for Habitat Degrading Organisms

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    toshimitsu_hata

    Toshimitsu Hata
    Junior Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Development of functional carbonized wood
    • Development of useful chemicals with thermal conversion
    • Analysis of carbon materials with electron microscopy

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    Yuji Imamura

    Yuji Imamura
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Wood Preservation
    • Wood Properties and Processing
    • Protection of Cultural Architecture

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    Kozo_Kanayama

    Kozo Kanayama
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Osaka Univ.)

    • Deformation processing of wood into complicated shapes
    • Impregnation techniques for highly functional wood quality
    • Nonequilibrium states of wood-based material

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    Laboratory of Computer Simulation for Humanospheric Sciences

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    We evaluate electromagnetic environments in natural space plasmas, as well as those around the spacecraft itself by taking full advantage of supercomputer resources. We also perform computer simulations of the cycle of materials in the humanosphere, in order to predict possible future variations.

    yoshiharu_omura

    Yoshiharu Omura
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Computer experiments on nonlinear wave-particle
      interactions in space plasmas
    • Computer experiments on the spacecraft environment
    • Computer simulations of material cycling
      in the humanosphere

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    yusuke_ebihara

    Yusuke Ebihara
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Sci (Grad. Univ. Adv. Studies)

    • Ring current and radiation belt simulations
    • Magnetic storm and substorm simulations
    • Solar wind-ground coupling simulations

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    Hsieh Yikai

    Hsieh Yikai
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Numerical simulations of nonlinear wave-particle interaction
    • Numerical simulations on the inner magnetosphere
    • Relativistic electron accelerations and precipitations in the radiation belts

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    Laboratory of Applied Radio Engineering for Humanosphere

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    We pursue research to wireless power transfer via microwave not only toward Solar Power Satellites/Station (SPS) but also various applications through microwave applied engeering for the humanosphere.

    naoki_shinohara

    Naoki Shinohara
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Solar-Powered Station/Satellite (SPS)
    • Wireless power transfer via radio waves
    • Microwave-applied technology

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    tomohhiko_mitani

    Tomohiko Mitani
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Wireless power transmission
    • Microwave chemical processing
    • Solar-power station/satellite (SPS)

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    junji_miyakoshi

    Junji Miyakoshi
    Professor
    Dr. Med. (Osaka City Univ.)

    • Bioelectromagnetics
    • Wireless power transfer
    • Radiation biology

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    Bo YANG

    Bo YANG
    Assistant Professor
    Dr.Eng.(Kyoto Univ.)

    • High Power Wireless Power Transfer
    • Microwave Power Transmission with Auto-tracking Beam-forming
    • Solar-Power Station/Satellite(SPS)

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    Laboratory of space electromagnetic environment exploration

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    We investigate space environments via satellites and sounding rockets to promote an understanding of the space electromagnetic environments based on space science and radio engineering, which is vital for expanding the humanosphere in space. We also pursue the study of exploratory techniques through the development of ultra-miniature onboard instruments.

    hirotsugu_kojima

    Hirotsugu Kojima
    Professor
    Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Exploration of space electromagnetic environments
    • Miniaturization of onboard instruments for space missions
    • Electromagnetic compatibility in spacecraft

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    Satoshi Kurita

    Satoshi Kurita
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Exploration of space electromagnetic environment
      based on satellite observations
    • Observational study of radiation belt variations
      driven by wave-particle interactions
    • Coupling between Earth’s radiation belts and upper atmosphere

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    yoshikatsu_ueda

    Yoshikatsu Ueda
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Research for Fukushima reconstruction
    • Electrical and electrochemical properties of fine bubbles
    • Basic properties oft proton-conducting material

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    Laboratory of Fiber Multiplication

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    We target creation of smart materials responding to environment and external conditions by functionalization of fibrous materials around us and its conjugation with materials of different properties.

    Satoko Okubayashi

    Satoko Okubayashi
    Program-Specific Professor

    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Fukui University)

    • Smart fiber materials
    • Processing with high energy charged particle beams
    • Impregnation technique using supercritical fluid

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    Center for Future Pioneering Research on the Humanosphere

    Unit for Interdisciplinary Research on Wood Science

    Suyako Tazuru-Mizuno Suyako Tazuru-Mizuno
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    Laboratory of Material Biology

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    Atmosphere-Plant-Soil Interaction Research Unit

    kenshi_takahashi Kenshi Takahashi
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)
    • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions through trace gas exchange
    • Creation of laser-based methods for atmospheric observation
    • Laboratory study on chemical reactions of gases and aerosol

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    akifumi_sugiyama Akifumi Sugiyama
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    Laboratory of Plant Gene Expression

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    Technology Development Unit for Advanced Measuremen

    yoshikatsu_ueda

    Yoshikatsu Ueda
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Research for Fukushima reconstruction
    • Electrical and electrochemical properties of fine bubbles
    • Basic properties oft proton-conducting material

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    Biomass Product Tree Industry-Academia Collaborative Research Laboratory

    • Takashi Watanabe Professor Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    keiko_kuroda

    Keiko Kuroda
    Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

    • Functional anatomy and pathology of woody plants
    • Empirical research for cascade use and regeneration of Satoyama forests

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    hiroshi_nishimura Hiroshi Nishimura
    Assistant Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
    • High-resolution structural analysis of lignocellulosic biomass
    • Biodegradation mechanisms of wood-decaying basidiomycetes
    • Structure and bioactivity analyses of natural products

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    Kaori Saito Kaori Saito
    Associate Professor
    Dr. Agric. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)
    Laboratory of Biomass Conversion

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    Technical Staff

    hajime_sorimachi

    Hajime Sorimachi
    Technical Staff

    • Wood diversity database management
    • Xylarium technical management
    • Cooperative research support and publicity
     

     

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