Unit for Atmosphere-Plant-Soil Interaction Research
Principal Investigator（PI）: Prof. Kenshi Takahashi, Dr. Akifumi Sugiyama
Understanding the interactions between the atmosphere and the forest-sphere and exploring effective ways to utilize their functions are important steps toward establishing a sustainable humanosphere.Plants fix carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and release oxygen via photosynthesis, and microorganisms convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form that can be utilized by organisms via nitrogen fixation. These are representative of the interactions between the atmosphere and forest-sphere. The functions of plants and microorganisms have supported our lives for a long time.
In this unit, we conduct research on the balance of greenhouse gases, which have become particularly important in recent years,the material fluctuations mediated by volatile organic compounds, and the functions of plants and microorganisms that contribute to the interactions between the atmosphere and forest-sphere. By expanding cutting-edge research in each area, such as the atmosphere, plants, and soil, from a perspective of material exchange and material cycling in the humanosphere, we aim to seamlessly grasp the interactions between the atmosphere and forest-sphere to understand their fundamental structure and function from the perspective of a sustainable society.