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         Message from the Dean                                                            1
         Chronology                                                                       2
         Number of Personnel in Various Categories                                        4
         Faculty Staff                                                                    4
         Enrollment of Students                                                           5
         Enrollment of International Students                                             6
         Undergraduate Courses                                                            7
         Graduate Courses                                                                 8
         Overseas Research Activities                                                     9
         Region of Overseas Research Activities                                           9
         Foreign Visiting Researchers                                                     10
         Region of Foreign Visiting Researchers                                           10
         International Academic Exchange Agreements                                       11
         Departments                                                                      12
               Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology                       12
               Department of Applied Biological Chemistry                                 13
               Department of Biotechnology                                                14
               Department of Forest Science                                               15
               Department of Aquatic Bioscience                                           16
               Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics                          17
               Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering                     18
               Department of Biomaterial Sciences                                         19
               Department of Global Agricultural Sciences                                 20
               Department of Ecosystem Studies                                            21
               Department of Animal Resource Sciences                                     22
               Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences                                  23
               Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit                                           24
               AGRI-COCOON                                                                25
         Affiliated Institutions                                                           26
               University Farm (Field Production Science Center)                          26
               University Forests                                                         27
               Animal Resource Science Center (Experimental Station for Animal Science)   28
               Veterinary Medical Center                                                  29
               Fisheries Laboratory (Aquatic Bioscience Research Center)                  30
               Experimental Station for Landscape Plants (Landscape Science Center)       31
               Radioisotope (RI) Center                                                   32
               Biotron                                                                    33
               Koishikawa Arboretum                                                       34
               Research Center for Food Safety                                            35
               University Library for Agricultural Life Sciences                          36
         Overseas Research Units                                                          37
         Related Research Centers                                                         38
               Biotechnology Research Center                                              38
               Asian Natural Environmental Science Center (ANESC)                         39
         MAP OF THE YAYOI CAMPUS                                                          40
                                      Message from the Dean

                               According to the United Nations, the world population will exceed nine billion by the year
                            2050. How can this growing population be fed? A sufficient and stable supply of food is certainly
                            one of the most important and urgent subjects challenging modern society. Even today, more
                            than nine hundred million people are suffering from malnutrition or starvation. Yet increased
                            food production which is overly dependent on agrochemical and/or chemical fertilizers tends to
                            be accompanied by environmental impact, such as water pollution and the loss of bio-diversity.
                            Farmland development without appropriate care for forest conservation is also quite problematic.
                            We must avoid increased food production that leaves a heavy burden on future generations.
                               One cannot consider the huge tradeoffs between producing food and protecting the
                            environment, or between prosperity of the present generation and concern for future generations,
                            without drawing a deep breath. The primary aim of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life
Sciences (GSALS) is to strike a balance at the highest level possible between food production and environmental
protection via the application of science. The higher the point at which that balance is struck, the better the quality of the
environment bequeathed to future generations. Needless to say, a simpleminded slogan is useless in solving the problem
and there exist no quick prescriptions. The mission of GSALS is to make a scientific contribution in surmounting the global
tradeoff between food and environment by making persistent efforts to discover new findings and to create novel wisdoms
in specific areas of research.
   GSALS, which consists of twelve departments, covers a surprisingly wide spectrum of research activity. Farmland,
forest and water surface are the arena of research and education in GSALS. Rather, one can say that any space inhabited
by animals and/or plants is the field of agricultural and life sciences. The research theme of GSALS encompasses not only
food-related issues but also topics relating to natural materials for clothing and housing and to effective ways of using
biomass resources. Today’s agricultural and life sciences also play a highly powerful and inexorable role in such topics.
   Modern science is highly specialized. Our laboratories and field facilities conduct various kinds of research. Some
research is done at the molecular or cell level and some at the individual plant or animal level. There is research being
conducted at the mass or eco-system level as well. Background disciplines of GSALS are widely diversified, including
biology, chemistry and physics. GSALS also has laboratories based on economics and sociology. In addition, modern
agricultural and life sciences are a world of highly rapid progress. A few years of absence might make a scholar as out-of-
date as Urashima Taro in a Japanese fairy tale once experienced.
   GSALS is one of the graduate schools in the University of Tokyo that became internationalized at a relatively early
stage. Today, GSALS has academic exchange agreements with 30 academic institutions which are located mainly in Asia,
Oceania, Europe and North America. At present, there are approximately two hundred overseas students studying in
GSALS. Furthermore, a number of foreign researchers regularly conduct research at GSALS, mainly under the Foreign
Scholar System and JSPS scholarships. Professors and graduate students in GSALS travel abroad quite frequently in
order to carry out field work or make research presentations.
   Having originated as the Agricultural Training School of the Ministry of Home Affairs, GSALS has a history of more than
one hundred and thirty years. However, we should not satisfy ourselves with a simple extension of this tradition. Rather,
we have actually been making a constant effort to innovate the system of GSALS. In recent years the focus of reform lies
in creating inter-departmental programs for research and education. The Agri-bio-informatics Program, an inter-
departmental unit of education in information sciences, and the Agri-cocoon, an interdisciplinary program for research and
education on emerging topics such as food safety and biomass energy, are examples of ongoing innovation.
   The mission of GSALS remains unchanged through place and time, while the road toward achievement of the mission
is in ceaseless progress. GSALS tackles this on-going mission through perpetual innovation in its approach to the
trade-offs between food production and environmental protection. GSALS staff, both academic and administrative, and
students, both undergraduate and graduate, are very proud of their involvement in this challenging task.

                                                                         Shin-ichi Shogenji, Ph.D
                                                                         Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
                                                                         The University of Tokyo

1874   The Agricultural Training School established.
1878   University Farm opened.
1880   Veterinary Hospital opened.
1882   Became The Komaba School of Agriculture.
1886   The Tokyo School of Agriculture and Forestry formed.
1890   Became The College of Agriculture of The Imperial University consisting of three Departments: Agriculture,
       Forestry and Veterinary Science.
1893   Department of Agricultural Chemistry added.
1894   University Forest in Chiba opened.
1897   Renamed as The College of Agriculture of The Tokyo Imperial University
1909   Botanical Research Nursery opened.
1910   Department of Fisheries established in The College of Agriculture.
1919   Renamed as Faculty of Agriculture of The Imperial University of Tokyo.
1925   Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Civil Engineering added.
1935   Faculty moved from Komaba-cho, Meguro-ku to its present location at 1-chome, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
1936   Fisheries Laboratory established.
1946   Part of Department of Agriculture merged with Department of Veterinary Science forming Department of
1947   Renamed as Faculty of Agriculture of The University of Tokyo.
1948   Department of Agricultural Civil Engineering renamed as Department of Agricultural Engineering.
1949   Animal Resource Science Center opened.
1950   Department of Veterinary Science became independent from Department of Zootechnics.
       Experimental Station for Landscape Plants opened.
1955   Radioisotope RI Center opened.
1956   Department of Forest Products became independent from Department of Forestry.
1957   Biotron opened.
1964   Department of Agriculture renamed as Department of Agrobiology.
       Department of Veterinary Science and Zootechnics reunited to Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal
1965   Agricultural Library opened.
       Research Facility for Radiation Breeding opened.
1986   Biotechnology Research Center established.
1987   Course in Biotechnology established.
1988   Department of Veterinary Medical Science reorganized.
1991   Course in Animal Resource Sciences established.
1993   Biotechnology Research Center established.
1994   Graduate School of Agriculture renamed as Graduate school of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
1995   Asian Natural Environmental Science Center established.
1997   Department of Global Agricultural Sciences established.
1998   Endowed Chair in Food-induced Bio-Signaling Meiji Milk Products Co. established. 1998-2008
2000   The 125th Anniversary of the foundation celebrated.
       Yayoi Auditorium completed.
       Department of Ecosystem Studies established.
2001   Agricultural Library renamed as University Library for Agricultural Life Sciences.
2002   Ebara-Donated Research Unit on Biomass Refinery established.
2003   ILSI JAPAN-Endowed Chair of Functional Food Science and Nutrigenomics established. 2003-2013

2004   All National Universities transformed into National University Corporations, and The University of Tokyo
       Koishikawa Arboretum opened. former Botanical Research Nursery
       Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit established.
2005   AGRI-COCOON Agricultural Research Incubator Community for Cooperative Network of Public, Administrative,
       Business and Academic sectors established.
2006   Endowed Chair in Clinical Plant Science (Ikeda Scientific Co.) established. 2006-2011
       Technology Advancement Center opened.
       Research Center for Food Safety opened.
2007   Veterinary Hospital renamed as Veterinary Medical Center
       Endowed Chair in Governance-oriented Civil Engineering for Sustainable National Land Management Maeda Co.
       and Kumagai Gumi Co. established. 2007-2009
       Endowed Chair in Taste Science Nissin Food Products Co. established. 2007-2012
2008   Ninomiya branch of University Farm closed.
       Yayoi Auditorium Annex completed.

Number of Personnel in Various Categories
Dean                                                                          1
Vice Dean                                                                     3
Professors                                                                   95
Associate Professors                                                         89
Lecturers full-time                                                          13
Assistant Professors                                                         87
Administrative Personnel                                                     97
Technical Staff                                                          103

Faculty Staff                                                                                                      As of May 1, 2009

                                                Associate                         Assistant Administrative Technical
                                   Professor                    Lecturer                                                     Total
                                                Professor                         Professor       Personnel       Staff
  Graduate School Faculty              87               82               8              71            72                      320
  University Farm                       1                3                               3             3            11         21
  University Forests                    4                3               5              10            17            68        107
  Animal Resource Science Center        1                                                              2             8         11
  Veterinary Medical Center             1                                                              2                        3
  Fisheries Laboratory                  1                                               2              1             3          7
  Experimental Station for                               1                               1                           3          5
  Landscape Plants
  Technology Advancement Center                                                                                     10         10
  Total                                95               89            13                87            97           103        484

Center Staff                                                                             As of May 1, 2009

                                                             Associate                  Assistant
                                               Professor                     Lecturer                   Total
                                                             Professor                  Professor
 Biotechnology Research Center                      3             3                           4            10
 Asian Natural Environmental Science Center         4             4                           1               9
 Total                                              7             7                           5            19

Enrollment of Students

Undergraduates (International Students in parenthesis)
Students who enrolled by April 1, 2007                                                                              (As of May 1, 2009)

                                                    3rd Year       4th Year     5th Year      6th Year                       Total
  Applied Life Sciences                                               4                                                       4
  Bio-environmental Sciences                                          9                                                       9
  Biological Production Sciences                                      5                                                       5
  Regional Economics and Resources
                                                                      7                                                       7
  Veterinary Medical Sciences                                                    31 (2)           33                         64 (2)
  Total                                                              25          31 (2)           33                         89 (2)

Students who enrolled on or after April 1, 2008                                                                     (As of May 1, 2009)

                                                    3rd Year       4th Year     5th Year       6th Year                       Total
   Applied Life Sciences                            137 (2)        145 (3)                                      5 (1)       287 ( 6 )
   Environmental Resources Sciences                 103 (6)        114 (2)                                      3 (2)       220 (10)
   Veterinary Medical Sciences                         33           34                                                       67
   Total                                            273 (8)        293 (5)                                      8 (3)       574 (16)

Graduates (International Students in parenthesis)                                                                   (As of May 1, 2009)

                                                       Master’s               Doctor’s           Research
                                                       Program                Program            Students
   Agricultural and Environmental Biology               58 ( 4 )              39 ( 13 )             1 (1)                 98 ( 18 )
   Applied Biological Chemistry                        114 (11)               56 ( 12 )             3 (2)                173 ( 25 )
   Biotechnology                                       102 ( 6 )              76 ( 14 )             3 (2)                181 ( 22 )
   Forest Science                                       45 ( 5 )              34 ( 11 )             3 (1)                 82 ( 17 )
   Aquatic Bioscience                                   67 ( 8 )              57 ( 16 )             3 (2)                127 ( 26 )
   Agricultural and Resource Economics                  17 ( 5 )              31 ( 14 )             1 (1)                 49 ( 20 )
   Biological and Environmental Engineering             39 ( 2 )              22 ( 7 )              1 (1)                 62 ( 10 )
   Biomaterial Sciences                                 48 ( 4 )              54 ( 10 )             0 (0)                102 ( 14 )
   Global Agricultural Sciences                         64 (10)               39 ( 8 )              1 (0)                104 ( 18 )
   Ecosystem Studies                                    45 ( 0 )              25 ( 5 )              8 (1)                 78 ( 6 )
   Animal Resource Sciences                             27 ( 1 )              24 ( 6 )              2 (1)                 53 ( 8 )
   Veterinary Medical Sciences                                                76 ( 26 )            22 ( 3 )               98 ( 29 )
   Total                                               626 (56)              533 (142)             48 (15)              1,207 (213)

Required Units and Years for Degree                                                   (As of May 1, 2009)

                           Master’s         Doctor’s               Doctor’s Degree of
                           Degree           Degree             Veterinary Medical Sciences
  Units                      30               20                                 32
  Years                        2                3                                 4

Enrollment of International Students
                                                                                                                                           As of May 1, 2009

                                                                        Total                   U.S.             R.S.           M.C.                D.C.
                                                             M+F         M           F      M          F     M          F     M        F        M          F
    Argentina                                                    1           1        0                        0        0       0        0        1        0
    Australia                                                    1           1        0                        0        0       0        0        1        0
    Bangladesh                                                   7           6        1                        0        1       2        0        4        0
    Brazil                                                       4           1        3                        0        0       0        1        1        2
    Canada                                                       1           1        0                        0        0       1        0        0         0
    China                                                        68      36          32       2        4       1        4     12         9      21         15
    Egypt                                                        2           1        1                        0        0       0        0        1         1
    Ethiopia                                                     1           1        0                        0        0       1        0        0         0
    Germany                                                      1           1        0                        1        0       0        0        0         0
    India                                                        3           2        1                        0        0       0        0        2         1
    Indonesia                                                    11          5        6                1       0        0       1        2        4         3
    Iran                                                          2          0        2                        0        0       0        0        0         2
    Korea                                                        49      19          30       2                1        2       2        8      14         20
    Lebanon                                                       1          1        0                        0        0       1        0        0         0
    Malaysia                                                      1          0        1                        0         0      0        1        0         0
    Mongolia                                                      2          0        2                        0         1      0        0        0         1
    Myanmar                                                       6          1        5                        0         2      0        2        1         1
    Nepal                                                         3          3        0                        0         0      0        0        3         0
    Pakistan                                                      2          2        0                        0         0      0        0        2         0
    Peru                                                          1          1        0                        0         0      0        0        1         0
    Philippines                                                   8          2        6                        0         1      0        0        2         5
    Portugal                                                      1          1        0                        0         0      1        0        0         0
    Sudan                                                         1          1        0                        0         0      0        0        1         0
    Taiwan                                                       14          5        9                        0         1      1        5        4         3
    Thailand                                                     13          3       10       1        1       0         0      0        1        2         8
    Tunisia                                                       5          2        3                        0         0      0        0        2         3
    UK                                                            1          1        0                        0         0      0        0        1         0
    USA                                                           1          0        1                        0         0      0        1        0         0
    Vietnam                                                       6          3        3                        0         0      0        0        3         3
                                                              217       101         116       5        6       3        12    22        30      71         68

                                                             M   male    F       female                                       U.S.     Undergraduate School
                                                                                                                              M.C.     Master Course Student
                                                                                                                              D.C.     Doctor Course Student

           Yayoi International Day-2008: Presenters/ speakers etc.                    Study Trip-2008: In front of Kamakura Daibutsu

Undergraduate Courses
For the students who enrolled by April 1, 2007
Courses                                                      Major
 Applied Life Sciences                                         Applied Biology
                                                               Biological Technology
                                                               Forest Life Science
                                                               Aquatic Life Science

 Bio-Environmental Sciences                                    Environmental Biology
                                                               Landscape Environmental Studies
                                                               Forest Environmental Science
                                                               Aquatic Environmental Science
                                                               Rural Environmental Engineering
                                                               Symbiotic System Studies for Human & Green
                                                               Field Science

 Biological Production Sciences                                Agricultural Biology
                                                               Biological Chemistry
                                                               Forest Resources Science
                                                               Aquatic Production Science
                                                               Biological Systems Engineering
                                                               Biomass Processing Studies
                                                               Animal Life Science

 Regional Economics and Resources Sciences                     Farming Systems and Economics
                                                               Development Policies and Economics
                                                               International Technical Cooperation for
                                                               Rural Development

 Veterinary Medical Sciences                                   Veterinary Medical Sciences

For 3rd and 4th year   3rd   6th year in case of Veterinary Medical Sciences undergraduate course.

For the students who enrolled on or after April 1, 2008
Courses                                                      Major
 Applied Life Sciences                                         Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology
                                                               Applied Biological Chemistry
                                                               Forest Life Science
                                                               Aquatic Life Science
                                                               Animal Life Science
                                                               Biobased Materials Chemistry

 Environmental Resources Sciences                              Landscape Ecology and Planning
                                                               Forest Environmental and Resource Science
                                                               Aquatic Production and Environmental Science
                                                               Wood Science and Timber Engineering
                                                               Biological and Environmental Engineering
                                                               Agricultural and Resource Economics
                                                               Field Science
                                                               International Sustainable Agriculture Development

 Veterinary Medical Sciences                                   Veterinary Medical Sciences

For 3rd and 4th year   3rd   6th year in case of Veterinary Medical Sciences undergraduate course.

Graduate Courses
Departments                                                                        Courses
 Agricultural and Environmental Biology                                             Bioresource Development
                                                                                    Applied Agrobiology
                                                                                    Basic Agrobiology
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Applied Biological Chemistry                                                       Biofunctional Chemistry
                                                                                    Agricultural Chemistry
                                                                                    Food Science
                                                                                    Biological Chemistry *1
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Biotechnology                                                                      Biomolecular Research
                                                                                    Biofunctional Research
                                                                                    Molecular and Cellular Biosciences *2
                                                                                    Biotechnology Research *3
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Forest Science                                                                     Forest Life and Environmental Science
                                                                                    Forest Resources and Environmental Science
                                                                                    Asian Environmental Science *4
                                                                                    Forest Ecosystem Science and Management *5
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Aquatic Bioscience                                                                 Aquatic Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
                                                                                    Aquatic Production and Environmental Science
                                                                                    Aquatic Life Science
                                                                                    Applied Marine Biology *6
                                                                                    Marine Bioscience *7
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Agricultural and Resource Economics                                                Agricultural Structure and Farm Business Management
                                                                                    Development Policies and Economics
                                                                                    Rural Development Finance
                                                                                    Pan-Asia *8
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Biological and Environmental Engineering                                           Rural Environment Engineering
                                                                                    Biological Systems Engineering
                                                                                    Biological and Environmental Information Engineering
                                                                                    Associated Courses
                                                                                    Associated Courses (ecological safety studies)
 Biomaterial Sciences                                                               Structural Biomaterials Science
                                                                                    Material and Housing Sciences
                                                                                    Biomass Chemistry
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Global Agricultural Sciences                                                       Global Animal Production Sciences
                                                                                    Global Plant Production Sciences
                                                                                    Global Biological and Environmental Sciences
                                                                                    International Development and Agro-Environmental Sciences
                                                                                    Associated Courses

 Ecosystem Studies                                                                  Biological Conservation
                                                                                    Ecosystem Management
                                                                                    Bioresource Management
                                                                                    Associated Courses
                                                                                    Associated Courses (ecological safety studies)
 Animal Resource Sciences                                                           Bio-regulatory Systems
                                                                                    Functional Bioscience
                                                                                    Bio-animal Science *9
                                                                                    Associated Courses
 Veterinary Medical Sciences                                                        Basic Veterinary Medicine
                                                                                    Clinical Veterinary Medicine
                                                                                    Experimental Medicine *10
                                                                                    Bio-animal Science *11
                                                                                    Associated Courses

*1,2    Cooperative course with Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.
*3      Cooperative course with Biotechnology Research Center.
*4      Cooperative course with Asian Natural Environmental Science Center.
*5      Cooperative course with University Forests.
*6      Cooperative course with Fisheries Laboratory.
*7      Cooperative course with Ocean Research Institute.
*8      Cooperative course with Institute of Oriental Culture.
*9,11   Cooperative course with Experimental Station for Bio-animal Science.
*10     Cooperative course with Institute of Medical Science.

Overseas Research Activities
                                                                         2006   2007   2008

  1. Financed by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
     (1) Overseas Advanced Research Practice Support Program               1      1      0
     (2) Others                                                           30     41      4
                                                             Sub-total    31     42      4

  2. Financed by Scientific Research Grants
     (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/
     Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
                                                             Sub-total   122    131    140

  3. Financed by other Ministries or governmental organizations
     (1) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)                13     15     12
     (2) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)                     0      0     17
     (3) Others                                                           50     68     49
                                                             Sub-total    63     83     78

  4. Financed by Japanese organizations
                                                             Sub-total   223    208    270

  5. Financed by foreign governments or organizations
                                                             Sub-total    25     33     41

  6. Private
                                                             Sub-total    19     12     13

                                                             Total       483    509    546

Region of Overseas Research Activities
                                     2006          2007           2008
  China                                59           71             82
  Korea                                40           60             57
  Other Asia                          129          171            165
  Oceania                              17             7            18
  Middle East                           0             2              6
  Europe                              125           75            106
  North America                       109          102             99
  Latin America                         4           12               7
  Africa                                0             9              6
                        Total         483          509            546

Foreign Visiting Researchers
                                                                            2006   2007   2008

     1. Financed by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
                                                                Sub-total     6      5      0

     2. Financed by Scientific Research Grants
        (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/
        Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
                                                                Sub-total    19      6     18

     3. Financed by other Ministries or governmental organizations
        (1) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)                52     62     32
        (2) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)                     1      1      0
        (3) Others                                                           13      4      2
                                                                Sub-total    66     67     34

     4. Financed by Japanese organizations
                                                                Sub-total    55     50     74

     5. Financed by foreign governments or organizations
                                                                Sub-total    23     10     32

     6. Private
                                                                Sub-total     9      8     10

                                                                Total       178    146    168

Region of Foreign Visiting Researchers
                                        2006          2007           2008
     China                                48           30             51
     Korea                                22           18             17
     Other Asia                           65           70             49
     Oceania                               4             2              1
     Middle East                           4             2              2
     Europe                               17           10             21
     North America                        14             9            19
     Latin America                         1             3              6
     Africa                                3             2              2
                           Total         178          146            168

International Academic Exchange Agreements
                                                                                                    As of May 1, 2009
                             Universities / Institutes          Started on                      Field
and Regions
               University of Peradeniya (Faculty of                            Veterinary Medicine,
Sri Lanka                                                      Nov. 14, 2006
               Veterinary Science and Animal Science)                          Animal Resource Sciences
                                                                               Veterinary Medicine,
               Kasetsart University (Faculty of Veterinary
                                                               Jun. 8, 1998    Agriculture and Agricultural Life
Thailand       Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture)
               Khon Kaen University (Faculty of Agriculture)   Feb.   3,2009   Agriculture
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Bogor Agricultural University                   Oct. 21, 1988
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
Indonesia      Gadjah Mada University                          Sep. 23, 2000
               Padjaran University                             Mar. 4, 2002    Applied Biosciences
               Mulawarman University                           Jan. 27, 2006   Environmental Conservation
               Seoul National University (College of                           Agriculture and Agricultural Life
                                                               Sep. 9, 2006
               Agriculture & Life Sciences)                                    Sciences
               Pukyong National University (College of
                                                               Jan. 24, 2007 Fisheries Sciences
               Fisheries Sciences)
Korea          Pukyong National University (College of
               Environmental and Marine Sciences and           Jan. 24, 2007 Environmental and Marine Sciences
               National Institute of Animal Science of the
                                                               Jun. 18,2008 Veterinary Medicine
               Rural Development Administration
                                                                               Biodiversity and Ecosystem
Mongolia       Mongolian State University of Agriculture       Oct. 13, 2003
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Hanoi Agricultural University                   Dec. 25, 1995
Viet Nam
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Nong Lam University                             Dec. 25, 2008
               Beijing Forestry University                     Feb. 25, 1984   Forestry and Forest Products
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Northeast Forestry University                   Dec. 23, 1996
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               China Agricultural University                   Sep. 17, 1997
               Nanjing Forestry University                     Mar. 9, 2002    Agricultural Sciences
               Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of
                                                               Jan. 5, 2007 Environmental Protection
                                                                             Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Nanjing Agricultural University                 Mar. 21, 2007
                                                                             Agriculture and Agricultural Life
               Sichuan Agricultural University                 Mar. 29, 2007
               National Taiwan Ocean University                Apr. 27, 2006 Fisheries and Marine Sciences
               National Chung Hsing University (College of
                                                               Mar. 24,2008 Agriculture
Taiwan         Agriculture and Natural Resources)
               National Chung Hsing University (College of
                                                               Mar. 26,2008 Veterinary Medicine
               Veterinary Medicine)
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
Australia      The University of Queensland                    Mar. 25, 1998
                                                                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
New Zealand    Massey University                               Jul. 24, 1995
Argentina      National University of La Plata                 Dec. 6, 1990    Veterinary Medicine
                                                                               Global Environment Conservation and
Sweden         Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences     Aug. 23, 2004
                                                                               Utilization of Forest Resources
               AgroParisTech (Institute National                               Agriculture and Agricultural Life
France                                                         Jan. 30, 1996
               Agronomique Paris-Grignon)                                      Sciences
               Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies,
UK                                                             Mar. 9, 2009 Veterinary Medicine
               The University of Edinburgh
              *University wide Agreement


Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology
 The Agricultural and Environmental Biology Department has been dealing with field crops, vegetables, fruit trees, flowers,
insects, silkworm and plant pathogenic microorganisms, and has made numerous contributions to the sciences related to
plant production and environmental conservation. Studies to secure enough ‘food’ and ‘greenness’, for a comfortable
environment for human beings living in a closed ecosystem, the earth, in various aspects such as 1) increased productivity
and quality of crops, genetic improvement of crops, biological control of the damage by insects and disease, 2) development
of sustainable production systems, 3) development of analytical methods of increasingly complicated and voluminous
information on biology and 4) development of technologies to improve the environment by utilizing plants, are being
conducted by this department.

   Bioresource Development
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Genetic and molecular study on the regulatory mechanisms of important traits in crops
Insect Genetics and Bioscience
Genetics, genomics, developmental biology, virology, and molecular pathology of the silkworm and insects.

   Applied Agrobiology
Crop Science
Carbon and nitrogen metabolism in relation to the yield performance of various crop species,
mechanism of environmental stress tolerance in crop plants
Horticultural Science
Regulation of gene expression for improving the quality of horticultural products
Applied Entomology
Physiological, ecological and genetical studies on reproduction, dormancy and speciation in
                                                                                                  Glasshouses in our department
   Basic Agrobiology
Plant Ecology and Morphology
Ecological and morphogenetic basis for improving productivity and sustainability of plant production system
Plant Molecular Genetics
Structure, function and evolution of genomes in higher plants
Plant Pathology
Molecular plant pathology on the plant pathogens and the host-parasite interaction
Biometrics and Statistical Genetics
Biometric studies on DNA polymorphism, inheritance of quantitative traits, population
genetic structure and plant morphology

   Ikeda Scientific Endowed Chair
Clinical Plant Science
Development of technologies for diagnosing and controlling plant diseases to establish a
plant clinic network

                                                                                                  Our experimental materials include crops, insects,
   Asian Biological Resources *1                                                                  microorganisms, organelles
RNA Virology and Resistance Mechanisms
Replication, transmission and pathogenesis of RNA viruses and resistance mechanisms
Environmental Stress Tolerance Mechanisms
Tolerance mechanisms of plants to environmental stresses and development of tolerant
Regional Resource Reassessment
Sustainable land use and agricultural production under fragile regional conditions

   Field Production Science
Sustainable Agriculture and Stress Biology *2
Establishment of sustainable land management and high crop production system
Landscape Science *3
Landscape evaluation from ecological aspects and conservation of landscaping plants               Experimental room for molecular biology
                                               *1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and staff belong to Asian Natural Environmental Science Center.
                                               *2 Cooperative course. The laboratory and staff belong to the University Farm.
                                               *3 Cooperative course. The laboratory and staff belong to the Landscape Science Center
Department of Applied Biological Chemistry
 Studies and education on wide research fields around biological chemistry are carried out in the Department of Applied
Biological Chemistry. In addition to the basic research methodology of biological chemistry, which consists of biochemistry,
organic chemistry and cellular biochemistry, new research methodology and techniques, such as genetic engineering,
protein engineering or cellular engineering, are actively being introduced by this department. By applying them to the
research fields of plants and animals for food production, cellular functions of food-producing organisms and food
immunology, discovering new bioactive compounds and the maintenance of the environment for the coexistence of
human beings and living organisms, this department is seeking to further advance the research methodology of biological
chemistry and the development of a new era of coexistence between human beings and all living things. This department’s
efforts can function as a world network in developing techniques in bioproduction and biological chemistry.

   Biofunctional Chemistry
Plant Molecular Physiology
Molecular and cellular biology of plant responses and tolerance to environmental stresses
Biological Function and Developmental Chemistry
Molecular-cell biology, neurology of taste signaling and biochemistry of food proteins

   Agricultural Chemistry
Plant nutrition and Fertilizer
Biochemical and molecular mechanisms of nutrio-physiological phenomena of plants, such
as nutrient signaling and nutrient-responsive gene expression                                   Morphology of the kobito (kbt) mutant of morning
Biological Chemistry                                                                            The kbt mutant has defect in biosynthesis of
Molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology for proliferation and differentiation of      brassinosteroids, a class of plant hormones, and
eukaryotic cells                                                                                shows conspicuous dwarf phenotype, demonstrating
Organic Chemistry                                                                               the importance of this hormone function. left:
                                                                                                two-month old kbt. right: seven-week-old kbt and
Organic synthesis of bioactive natural products and their derivatives for the elucidation of    wild-type plants.
bioactive functions or the practical use
Development of new reactions for efficient synthesis of optically active substances
Bioorganic Chemistry
Chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of bioactive compounds such as invertebrate peptide hormones, microbial secondary metabolites
and compounds regulating biomineralization
Soil Science
Soil microbiology for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation
Chemical Biology
Chemistry, physiology, and molecular biology for plant growth regulation

   Food Science
Nutritional Biochemistry
Nutrient regulation of gene expression
Differentiation of mammalian cells
Food Chemistry                                                                                  The preadipocytes (left) are differentiated to the
Chemical, biochemical and molecular biological studies on intestinal function-modulating food   mature adipocytes (right). In adipocytes lipid
substances                                                                                      droplets stained with Oil-Red O are observed.
Food Biochemistry
Molecular and cellular biological studies on lifestyle-related diseases
Search for food factors that prevent lifestyle-related diseases
Analytical Chemistry
Bioinorganic chemistry of biological and environmental systems
Food Biotechnology
Biotechnology, structural biology and physical chemistry of proteins, enzymes and foods

   ILSI Japan-Endowed Chair                                                                     Crystal structures determined in this department:
                                                                                                (left) restriction endonuclease Pab I from the
Functional Food Science and Nutrigenomics                                                       hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus abyssi
Functional genomics to investigate food-induced physiological responses                         (PDB: 2DVY), (right) rRNA processing factor
                                                                                                Dim2p from another hyperthermophilic archaeon
                                                                                                Pyrococcus horikoshii OT3 (PDB: 2E3U).
   Nissin Food Products-Endowed Chair
Taste Science
Investigation of the molecular logic of sensory events for application to food quality design

Department of Biotechnology
 The Department of Biotechnology has kept a high standard of education and research in a wide range of the biotechnology
field. Employing DNA technology, protein engineering and cell/tissue culturing techniques, in combination with the recent
advancement of the biomolecular structure determination, genomic information and bioinformatics, the department is
revealing basic mechanisms of a variety of biological functions. In addition, we are making efforts to apply such basic
findings to contribute to the prosperity and welfare of human beings.

   Biomolecular Research
Molecular and Cellular Breeding
Analysis and improvement of useful genes in microorganisms
Bioinformation Engineering
Computational biology, computational chemistry and bioinformatics
Molecular Biotechnology
Structure, function and localization of biological molecules

   Biofunctional Research
Fermentation and Microbiology
Genetic and protein engineering, bioactive substances
Applied Microbiology
Application of diverse microbiological functions
Structure-function relationship of enzymes and proteins
Protein secretion in bacteria and fungi, neural network information
Cellular Genetics
Regulation of macromolecular biosynthesis in microorganisms

   Molecular and Cellular Biosciences *1
Cellular Structure
Secretion and subcellular localization of protein
Molecular Genetics and Breeding
                                                                                      The figure shows a photograph of a conidal head of a koji mold
Control mechanism of gene expression                                                  (Aspergillus oryzae strain RIB40). In the Department of Biotechnology,
Molecular Phylogenetics (Gene expression)                                             bacteria (including archaea), molds, and yeasts are utilized as
                                                                                      research materials to promote the first-class science.
Gene regulation by steroid hormone
Molecular Structure and Function
Intracellular protein turnover and signal transduction
Molecular and Genetic Information
Information pathways in eukaryotic cells
Molecular biology of genome dynamics
Microbial Systematics
Systematics of bacteria, yeasts, molds and related microorganisms

   Biotechnology Research *2
Environmental Biochemistry
Biotechnology of microorganisms and plant cells
Cell Biotechnology
Biosynthetic studies using biochemistry and structural biology
Plant Functional Biotechnology
Plant nutrient acquisition, Nodulation, Plant growth improvement

                                      *1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.
                                      *2 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Biotechnology Research Center
Department of Forest Science
 Forests are the major biological land resources on Earth. Research on sustainable forest management, wise use of
forest resources and reforestation is receiving increasing widespread concern. Research works on many important
functions (aspects) of the forest such as wood and timber production, soil and water conservation, protection of wildlife
and recreation, have been accumulated within the Department (field) of Forest Science. Recently, the need for a
comprehensive approach to forest land management has also been recognized. Research on conservation and utilization
of forest and forest resources is emphasized. Moreover, the target area of forest science has been extended to include
watersheds and urban areas as a whole. From a global perspective, environmental issues such as global warming, acid
rain and degradation of tropical rain forest are also dealt with.

   Forest Life and Environmental Science
Forest Botany
Ecology and physiology of trees
Symbiology and pathology in forest
Forest Zoology
Ecological studies of animals in forest ecosystems
Studies on management of animal populations in forests
Biology for forestation
Physiology and ecology of forest trees
Pedology and edaphology in forest

   Forest Resources and Environmental Science                                                         Student practice at Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria
                                                                                                      japonica) stands
Forest Management
Research on integrated management and utilization of forest area
Research on forest inventory and monitoring technique using satellite remote sensing data
Forest Policy
Study on policies in order to manage and utilize forests
Social scientific study on relation between human being and forest
Forest Utilization
Planning and design of forest-road networks
Forestry mechanization and operational efficiency
Forest Hydrology and Erosion Control Engineering
Hydrological research on the relationship between forests and the environment
Soil conservation, landslide and mud flow and disaster-prevention science
Forest Landscape Planning and Design
Planning methods about conservation and creation of living environment
Planning, design and management of forest landscape

   Asian Environmental Science *1
                                                                                                      Investigation of the pioneer plants in Mount Fuji
Regional Resources Planning
Evaluation of regional resources for nature conservation planning
Methodological studies on sustainable tourism
Tree Physiology and Tropical Silviculture
Tolerant mechanism of trees to environmental stresses
Development of reforestation methods of deteriorated land in Asian tropics
Forest Molecular Ecology
Population genetics and reproduction ecology of forest tree species
Ecology and physiology of ectomycorrhizal fungi

   Forest Ecosystem Science and Management *2
Forest Ecosystem
Long-term monitoring of forest ecosystem
Wildlife management
Forest Gene Science
Utilization of biological function of woody plant
Forest information and Utilization System
Monitoring and management of forest information                                                       An 80m-tall canopy crane with a 75m-lengh rotating
Forest and Water Resources Management                                                                 jib in tropical rainforest, Sarawak, Malaysia
Long-term monitoring of hydrogical cycle with forest development
Sustainable forest resource management

                                     *1 Cooperative course. The laboratories and their staff belong to Asian Natural Environmental Science Center.
                                     *2 Cooperative course. The laboratories and their staff belong to the University Forests.
Department of Aquatic Bioscience
  The Department of Aquatic Bioscience has the following major aims. First, given the global scale of the havoc wreaked
on the environment by mankind, ways must be found to preserve aquatic ecosystems. Second, the development of
selfsustaining fisheries must be striven for, and third, using among other things the knowledge from other fields such as
biotechnology for varying applications including food production, we must investigate ways to contribute to the welfare of
the human race. These are just some of the major research themes we are striving to fulfill. At our laboratories, which
include the Fisheries Laboratory in Hamanako and the Ocean Research Institute, we have been tackling these problems
day in and day out and have achieved many encouraging results. However, the ocean, which has spawned and nursed
life as we know it since the Earth's formation, is vast and as yet only partially understood. There is a real need to once
again observe biological phenomena in the oceans from a fresh viewpoint and with open minds.

   Aquatic Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Aquatic Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Development and function of aquatic animal muscles
Molecular responses to environmental stress
Protein engineering

   Aquatic Production and Environmental Science
Fisheries Biology
Management of coastal fish stock and ecosystem
Ecology and life-history studies of fishes
Fish Disease Research
Pathology of infectious diseases of fish and shellfish                                               Sardines in a school
Biology and ecology of pathogens
Host defence mechanisms
Aquatic Biology and Environmental Science
Ecology of marine organisms and related environmental change

   Aquatic Life Science
Aquatic Animal Physiology
Mechanisms of reproduction, and environmental adaptation in aquatic animals
Aquatic Natural Products Chemistry
Search for biologically active substances from marine invertebrates
Characterization of biosynthetic pathways of aquatic natural products
Marine Biochemistry
Functional diversity in metabolic pathways for aquatic organisms
                                                                                                   Plankton sampling

   Applied Marine Biology *1
Applied Marine Biology
Molecular genetics, immunology and comparative genomics
Structure and function of coastal ecosystems

   Marine Bioscience *2
Marine Planktology
Phylogeny, life history, production ecology of plankton and micronekton
Marine food-web, interactions between shallow and deep-sea ecosystems
Marine Microbiology
                                                                                                   Kuruma prawn
Ecology, phylogeny and physiology of marine bacteria
Bacterial contribution to microbial loop and material cycles
Fish Population Dynamics
Assessment of exploited fish stocks, establishment of reasonable fishery management system, and conservation of marine organisms
Biology of Fisheries Resources
Ecology and physiology of marine living resources, underlying mechanisms of their recruitment fluctuations
Fisheries Environmental Oceanography
Studies on coastal and open ocean environments for living resources and related physical oceanography
Behavior, Ecology and Observation Systems
Fish migration: physio-ecological mechanism, development of behavior, evolutional aspects
Ecology and development of measuring systems: remote sensing and GIS, sampling gear and methods, seagrass and seaweed ecology
International Coastal Research Center
The center is concerned with the basic marine sciences including marine ecology, marine pollution, marine biology, physiology, taxonomy and
physical oceanography

                                                               *1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Fisheries Laboratory.
                                                               *2 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Ocean Research Institute.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
 How can we meet the global need for foodstuffs and agricultural materials under the growing constraints of natural
resources and environment as well as the imperfect food distribution such as coexistence of hunger and satiation? This
challenging issue should be addressed in consideration of fundamental socio-economic elements, i.e. unsustainable
development and resource depletion, enlargement of poverty and social inequality, and economic and institutional conflicts
among developed and developing countries.
 Our department has a couple of key principles on graduate education and academic research for the agricultural and
resource economics of the new age.
(1) Global perspective: Our research concerns have become broader and more internationalized beyond the traditional
    agricultural economics; intergenerational resource conservation, multifunctionality of agriculture, global food system,
    harmonization of international trade system, rural development and community, while encompassing the new disciplines
    of other applied economics such as development economics, environmental economics and institutional economics.
(2) Local perspective: We are paying attention to rural reality of individuals and community. Our fieldwork approach,
    through which we have accumulated academic knowledge and have established research networks, is one of effective
    methods for our study aims to compare Japanese and overseas agricultural economies.
 We continue our intensive seminars and classes for graduate students, which
could deepen their professional insights and enhance their communication
abilities. In addition, we would strengthen intellectual collaboration with other
natural science thoughts. One of the keys for solution of perplexing problems
above-mentioned could surely be technological progress thanks to
developments of bioscience and information technology. We have good
opportunity and favorite circumstance as a department of Graduate School of
Agricultural and Life Sciences to make mutually academic dialogue and
scientific discussion for future prospects.

                                                                                                 Food supply is the basis for our life

   Agricultural Structure and Farm Business Management
Farm Business Management and Rural Development
Management and Analysis of Farm Business
Management for Regional and Environmental Resources
Agricultural Structure and Policy
Comparative Study on Agricultural Structure
Agricultural Policy
Agricultural History
Comparative Study on Agricultural Development
History of Agricultural Sciences

   Development Policies and Economics
Agricultural and Development Economics
Political Economy of Agriculture
Development Economics
Agricultural Trade
Food and Resource Economics
Food System Economics
                                                                                                 Economic theories and field research are essential
Resource and Environmental Economics
                                                                                                 in our department

   Rural Development Finance
Rural Development Finance
Finance for Agricultural and Rural Development
Microfinance in Asia (Vietnam, India, China and Mongolia)
Challenges of Agricultural Cooperatives
Estimation of Capital Stock in Japanese Agriculture

   Pan-Asia *1
Economic Development in Asia
Economic Development in Asia
Social and Cultural Changes in Asia                                                              We are seeking consistency between efficient
                                                                                                 agricultural production and favorable rural

                                                     *1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Institute of Oriental Culture.
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
  The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) deals with the creation and preparation of good
environments in rural areas and the production control of living things. Technologies in this field are essential for human
beings and other life resources to continue to coexist on earth. This department has four branches of: Rural Environmental
Engineering (REE), Biological Systems Engineering (BSE), Biological and Environmental Information Engineering (BEIE),
and Ecological Safety Studies (ESS) which was newly established in 2006. REE seeks to achieve advances in modern
technologies associated with the engineering of land foundations, water resources, soil conditions, plants and air
resources. It aims to encourage the efficient production of food and to conserve the environment of the earth, especially
in rural areas, by harmonizing production with natural ecological systems. BSE aims to develop advanced techniques and
research on bio-engineering, biological process control, biosensing and robotics, bioenergy production, and bio-farming
in outer space, by making greater use of life functions themselves. BEIE applies the latest information technology to strive
for the harmonious coexistence of life and the environment, and optimized food production. Information on the effects of
changes in condition of both the geosphere and food materials is dealt with. ESS is an associated branch of the Department
of BEE in the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES) which is located in the science city of Tsukuba.
NIAES is the leading institute on environmental sciences in agriculture. ESS conducts interdisciplinary studies on
atmosphere and soil environments, the material cycle in agro-ecosystems, and ecological statistics as the basis for such

   Rural Environmental Engineering
Land Environmental Engineering
Nitrogen circulation in watershed areas with agricultural activity
Monitoring and analysis of flood mitigation function of paddy fields and upland fields
Water and material circulation in Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum
Soil conservation in arid region with controlling salt accumulation
Water Environmental Engineering
Collapse analysis on interactions between soils and structures by finite element method
Control of greenhouse gas emission from paddy fields by water and nutrient management
Runoff analysis of water and suspended sediment from farmlands in Okinawa Pref.
Analysis of unsteady flow in open channels of varying cross sections using Chang Moll scheme
Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology
Unsaturated water and solute transport through soils
Priming effect on soil organic carbon dynamics
Phytoremediation of polluted soil                                                                        3-D image of forest measured by helicopter-borne
Alkalization and salinization of soils in China                                                          scanning lidar
Effect of forest fire on soil physical and chemical properties
Erosion and conservation of low pH soils
Microbilogial effects on transport phenomena in soils
Maeda and Kumagai Gumi Endowed Chair in Governance-oriented Civil Engineering for
Sustainable National Land Management
Comparative study of institutional design on agricultural water use governance under the humid

   Biological Systems Engineering
Bio-environmental Engineering
Analyses of plants response (from the cell level to the canopy level) to the environment such as light
quality, CO2 concentration, etc.
Control and/or analyses of plants environment (e.g. dissolved oxygen concentration in cell culture,
CO2 concentration in global issue studies)
Plant factory technology (plant production in urban areas, space stations, etc.)
Utilization of advanced technologies to plant production (e.g. water processing technology, new light
Biological and Mechanical Engineering
High-speed autonomous vehicle for forage production                                                      A beautiful flower blooming in strong alkali soil of
Tree-dimensional measurement of identification of plants
Vehicle control using an omni-directional machine vision                                                 over pH10 in North East China
Energy production from marine biomass by hybrid treatment
System analysis of bioenergy production and utilization
Bioprocess Engineering
Storage of foods and agricultural products by the application of both gas hydrate formation and
Non-destructive and real-time monitoring of ATP for the food safety
Evaluation of dynamic properties of micro/nano bubble water for the application to biosystems
Prediction of dynamic change in quality of agricultural products
Measurement of respiratory response of fruits and vegetables against low oxygen environment

   Biological and Environmental Information Engineering
Biological and Environmental Information Engineering
Remote sensing of biosphere functioning
Analysis and modeling of ecosystems
Analysis of global change effects on ecosystems
Image instrumentation for bio-monitoring
Information engineering for biological and environmental systems                                         Lettuce production under artificial lighting

   Ecological Safety Studies
Ecological Safety Studies
Early detection and prediction of climate warming based on the long-term monitoring of alpine ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau
Microbial interaction in soil ecosystems
Evaluation of soil function in terms of life-cycle assessment of agricultural activities
Prediction of nitrogen load due to future food production in East Asia
Potential productivity of biofuel in East Asia and its environmental effects
Theoretical and empirical study of methods for phylogenetic estimation from DNA and amino acid sequence data
Geometric morphometrics of biological shapes and statistical analysis of shape variation

Department of Biomaterial Sciences
  To better the quality of life, we consume various kinds of raw materials. At the present, many materials are produced from
fossil resources, but excessive consumption is cause for concern because it may significantly influence the environment.
It is hoped that the development and introduction of biomaterials which are more in harmony with the environment can
replace fossil resources. Wood, the most important biomaterial, is both renewable and clean. The promotion of its
appropriate utilization will preserve the environment, and is of great importance for the continued existence of human
beings far into the future. In order to constructively promote the utilization of biomaterials, we have to work for the efficient
and complete use of wood and to apply acquired knowledge and refined research methods of material science to
biomaterials other than wood. Namely, we have to advance science and technology in order to progress towards this

  Structural Biomaterials Science
Structural Biomaterials Science
Ultrastructure and physicochemical properties of cellulose and chitin
Correlation between structure and biogenetic mechanisms of polysaccharides
Development of nanomaterials from polysaccharides

  Material and Housing Sciences
Physics of Biomaterials
Physical and mechanical properties of structural biomaterials
Fracturing mechanism of wood and wooden structures
Timber drying and wood/water relations
Evaluation of wooden dwelling environment for human amenity
Modification of wooden materials by pyrolytic decomposition and charcoalization
                                                                                     Penrose Dome of May Festival by New Construction
Wood-based Materials and Timber Engineering                                          System using Wood-based Materials
Dynamic analysis and structural performance of timber construction
Development of new wood-based materials and processing
Environmental impact of wooden housing and recycling of wood resources
Evaluation of wooden dwelling environment for human comfort
Pulp and Paper Science
Development of new biomaterials from cellulose by chemical and mechanical
Chemical and physical interactions between pulp fibers and wet-end additives and
paper chemistry
Application of new minerals prepared by hybridization with organic compounds to
paper coating

  Biomass Chemistry
                                                                                     Cellulose Nanofibers prepared by TEMPO-mediated
Forest Chemistry                                                                     oxidation
Propagation and differentiation in cell cultures of woody plants
Induction of secondary products in cell cultures of woody plants
Biotransformation of biomass to useful metabolites by microorganism
Wood Chemistry
Chemical structure, reactivity and function of plant cell wall components
Pollution free pulping and bleaching technology
Biomass utilization by chemical modification of lignin and carbohydrates
Science of Polymeric Materials
Structure and physical properties of adhesives and adhesive performances
Blends of natural and synthetic polymers
Development of biodegradable polymeric materials
All-biomass nano-composite materials

                                                                                     Three-dimensional structure of β-glucosidase

Department of Global Agricultural Sciences
  At the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences (GAS), we are committed to serve the global society with education
and research for sustainable provision of foods, fibers and other ecosystem services. Our programs are issue-oriented
rather than technology-oriented, and are based on strong combination of expertise across boundaries of disciplines and
nations. The associated programs offered by professors from institutions outside the university give further breadth to our
education and research.
  The students are advised to join an overseas training course organized by GAS in collaboration with universities and
institutes in the country. The master’s course students are encouraged to take minors in another department and strengthen
their expertise in the pertinent discipline. The students will thus be well prepared for navigating the globalizing and ever-
changing world.
  We offer the following programs.

   Global Animal Production Sciences
Global Fisheries Science
Improvement of aquaculture systems for sustainable utilization of coastal environments in Southeast Asia
Life histories, population dynamics and community structures of coastal fishes in southern Japan and Southeast Asia
Material cycles and food web systems of coastal areas in Southeast Asia
Global Animal Resource Science
The study of human-animal relations
Virus-based recombinant vaccines for animal diseases
Molecular pathology of malaria and leishmaniasis
Host immunity to protozoan parasites
Development of edible vaccines and other mucosal vaccines

   Global Plant Production Sciences
Plant Science for Sustainable Agriculture
Impacts of atmospheric changes on agriculture and ecosystems
Adaptation of agriculture to changes in climate                                              Boys collecting fish from set net at a coast in
Root system development of cereal plants                                                     Thailand
Soil conservation in cereal fields
Global Plant Material Science
Techniques for utilization of unused biological active plant resources
Study on function of plant components in ecosystems
Development of the techniques for performance evaluation of material for lesser-utilized
biomass resources
Development of the techniques for effective utilization of biomass resources as
a wood-based building materials and components

   Global Biological and Environmental Sciences
Global Forest Environmental Studies
Policy options for collaborative forest governance based on the field reality and theory of
CPRs management
International comparative analysis on participatory forest management policy
Forest monitoring using satellite remote sensing
Development of forest environment assessment method by remote sensing and GIS
Plant Biotechnology                                                                          Rice plants are grown in a free-air ozone exposure
Cellular and molecular analysis of iron acquisition mechanism in plants                      facility in eastern China. Surface ozone concentration
Studies on transporter in plants                                                             is rising rapidly and could cause large crop losses
                                                                                             across Asia in the near future
Analysis of stress response and molecular genetic breeding of stress tolerant plant
Genetic improvement of plant for the production of valuable chemical substances

   International Development and Agro-Environmental Sciences
International Environmental Economics
Effect of global warming on world agriculture and forestry
Food supply and demand in the world interpreted by system model
Economic development and environmental problems in the developing countries
Historical study for climate change, agriculture and population growth in the world
International Agro-Informatics
Food Kansei Engineering for developing consumer-oriented design and process
Development of Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) Production
Constructing monitoring system for agricultural and soil information using IT technologies
Engineering development in the conservation of agricultural farm
Optimizing project scheme and evaluation methods in international development and
Optimal distribution model for fresh produce in rural Java, Indonesia                        Field survey of land conversion to fruit cultivation in
                                                                                             Java, Indonesia

Department of Ecosystem Studies
  The Department of Ecosystem Studies aims to develop sustainable global management schemes that value ecosystem
mechanisms and allow human society and nature to live in harmony. An important feature of this department is a focus on
fieldwork, which is conducted in different ecosystems, located in forest through to coastal environments. Based on an
understanding of the mechanisms and existing problems of focal ecosystems, we aim to both integrate agricultural and
life science related academic achievements and develop related principles and techniques, while educating skilled
  The department has two main divisions, Biological Conservation and Ecosystem Management, and two associated
divisions of Bioresources Management and Bioresources and Eco-Environmental Studies. The Bioresources Management
division cooperates with the former two divisions in research and education, and is composed of six establishments within
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

   Biological Conservation
Biodiversity Science
Studies on various aspects of biological diversity, both from pure and applied views.
1) origin and evolutionary significance of biodiversity
2) mechanisms maintaining biodiversity
3) conservation and management of biodiversity
Conservation Ecology
Ecological studies for conservation and restoration of biodiversity and integrated
Evolutionary and ecophysiological studies on plant life histories including vegetative
responses to physical environments and floral and seed strategies such as heterostyly and
soil seed banks.
                                                                                                Gagea japonica, an endangered wild plant

   Ecosystem Management
Landscape Ecology and Planning
Landscape ecological studies on global and regional environment, monitoring on natural
environmental changes caused by human impacts, ecological land evaluation and its
application to landscape and environmental planning.
Forest Ecosystem Studies
Genetic and ecological studies for conservation of forest and surrounding ecosystems.
Planning sustainable use of forest resources.
Analysis and conservation of tree diversity, forest species interactions, population dynamics
of animals and plants, and endangered species conservation.
Aquatic Conservation
Effects of environmental changes in coastal habitats on fishes and invertebrates, and
coastal habitat conservation.
Assessing restored and natural intertidal flats in a damaged embayed system.
                                                                                                Participatory monitoring activity for invasive bumble
Production mechanism in coastal ecosystems analysed by stable isotope technics.                 bee in Hokkaido
Life cycle of coastal fishes and invertebrates.

   Bioresources Management
Field Production Science
Experimental Station for Landscape Plants
Aquatic Bioscience
Animal Resources Science
Veterinary Clinical Science
University Forests

                                                                                                Sika deer in a forest on the Boso peninsula
   Bioresources and Eco-Environmental Studies
Bioresources and Eco-Environmental Studies
Rural Landscape Ecology

Department of Animal Resource Sciences
 The primary aim of our research and education is to maximize the utility of various functions of animals, mainly mammals,
by revealing mechanisms underlying diverse and complex life phenomena. To this end, we are attempting to elucidate life
phenomena from a variety of perspectives, ranging from molecular biology to ethology. We also aim to improve productive
capability of animals and to seek effective ways for preserving valuable genetic resources, by applying state-of-the-art
biotechnologies that enable drawing out the potentiality of animals or animal cells. At the same time, high priority has
always been placed on fostering rich human nature of our students. The graduates from our department are now occupying
important positions not only in the field of animal resource sciences but also in other fields such as medical and
pharmacological sciences. We welcome you who are full of ambition!

   Bio-regulatory Systems
Molecular Immunology
Molecular biological studies in immune system
Development of disease resistance using transgenic technology
Molecular mechanisms in immunity against protozoan infection
Applied Genetics
Development and application of new animal biotechnologies on the basis of recent advance in
molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and reproductive biology in mammals
Creation and improvement of useful traits in industrially important animals by artificial
manipulation of genes and embryos
Cell Regulation
Signal transduction in cell proliferation, differentiation, and carcinogenesis
Molecular mechanisms in regulation of hormones’ action                                                    DNA microinjection into mouse zygote

   Functional Bioscience
Cellular Biochemistry
Studies on the molecular mechanisms underlying growth and differentiation of trophoblast
Elucidation of the role of genomic DNA methylation in the epigenetic control of cellular
differentiation and mammalian development
Investigation of molecular mechanism for the maintenance of totipotency and pluripotency
Risk assessment of endocrine chemical disrupters for mammalian development
Veterinary Ethology
Chemical communication via pheromones in mammalian species                                                Chimeric mouse placenta produced           by
Nature or nurture questions for the personality formation                                                 injection of GFP positive TS cells
Clinical studies in veterinary behavior medicine

   Bio-animal Science *1
Animal Life Science and Biotechnology
Studies on the molecular mechanism of oocytes selection in mammalian ovaries
Artificial rescue of potential oocytes in the ovaries
Safety and risk assessment of feeds and animal-derived foods
Studies on nutritional effects of amino acids in farm animals

                                                                                                         Clinical research on problem behaviors in
                                                                                                         companion animals

                                                                                                          Insulin-dependent activation of Akt associated
                                                                                                          with plasma membrane

                                                          *1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Animal Resource Science Center.
Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences
 Veterinary medicine covers wide areas of life science, not only medicine for animals but also biology of mammals and
higher vertebrates. In the graduate school of veterinary medicine, the most advanced research works have been carried
out at molecular, cellular and in vivo levels, in order to fully understand vital processes of normal and diseased animals.
Veterinary medicine has two aspects of science; i.e., a basic science to understand the mechanisms underlying the
biological phenomena and an applied science to satisfy the social demands for maintenance and improvement of human
welfare and productivity of domestic animals. This department collaborates with the veterinary medical center located on
the Yayoi campus. This center is facilitated with the latest and most advanced medical instruments, and plays an important
role as an advanced veterinary hospital in this area.

   Basic Veterinary Medicine
Animal Breeding
Elucidation of molecular mechanisms regulating success or failure of implantation-pregnancy establishment processes
Evolutional changes in placental formation by endogenous retroviruses
Development of efficient reproduction systems
Veterinary Anatomy
Molecular and histological analyses of mammalian gonadogenesis and spermatogenesis
Veterinary Physiology
Regulation of reproductive function by the neuron-endocrine-immune system
Molecular mechanisms underlying sexual differentiation of the brain
Neuroendocrine control of body growth and metabolism
Regulatory mechanisms involved in growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle
Veterinary Pharmacology
Signal transduction in the cells and its modification by drugs
Pharmacological effects of bioactive natural products
Veterinary Microbiology
Studies on the mechanisms of persistent infection and reactivation of animal viruses
Development of recombinant vaccines for animals
Veterinary Public Health
Control of pathogenic and toxigenic micro-organisms in foods and feeds                             A scene from the veterinary pathological training
Ecology and role of intestinal bacteria harboring in the intestine of human and animals            class

Cellular Biochemistry *1
Studies on the molecular mechanisms underlying growth and differentiation of cell lineages
Elucidation of the role of genomic DNA methylation in the epigenetic control of cellular differentiation development
Investigation of molecular mechanism for the maintenance of totipotency and pluripotency in the stem cells, including ES, TS and EG cells
Risk assessment of endocrine chemical disruptors for mammalian development
Veterinary Ethology *2
Chemical communication via pheromones in mammalian species
Nature or nurture questions for the personality formation
Clinical studies in veterinary behavior medicine

   Clinical Veterinary Medicine                                               Experimental Medicine *3
Comparative Pathophysiology                                                Laboratory of Animal Research Center
Pathophysiology of circulation, respiration and autonomic nervous          Analysis of pathogenicity and species specificity of RNA viruses by
system                                                                     new reverse genetics
Veterinary Pathology                                                       Development of new recombinant vaccines and new virus vectors
Comparative neuropathology                                                 Functional analysis and application of cytokines
Comparative oncology                                                       Virus infection of wild animals
Experimental and toxicologic pathology                                     Analysis of the neural pathogenicity using animal models with
                                                                           neuronal disorder
Veterinary Internal Medicine
Molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis and cancer therapy
Pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases and its treatment                    Bio-Animal Science *4
Veterinary Surgery                                                         Animal Life Science and Biotechnology
Mechanism of metastasis and local invasion of cancers                      Studies on the molecular mechanism of oocyte selection in mammalian
Regeneration of bone tissues                                               ovaries
Biomedical Science                                                         Artificial rescue potential oocytes in the ovaries
                                                                           Safety and risk assessment of animal-derived foods
Studies on the pathogenesis of animal model for senile diseases            Studies on nutritional effects of amino acid in farm animals
Basic science of toxicological pathology
Veterinary Clinical Pathobiology
Diagnosis and pathophysiology of aged disease
Immunological responses against intraerythrocytic protozoa
Function and inherited disorders of membrane skeletal and membrane
transport proteins
Regulation of the placental function
Veterinary Emergency Medicine
Anesthesia and anlgesia in small animals
Regeneration of the injured spinal cord in dogs
                                                                         A scene of surgery at the Veterinary   Hearing the history of the disease
                                                                         Medical Center                         from the staff of an elephant farm in
                                                                                                                Thailand in a student practice
                                                                                                                collaborated with Kasetsart University
      *1,2 Courses are opened by Department of Animal Resource Sciences, but could be chosen by students in the school of veterinary medicine.
      *3   Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to the Institute of Medical Science.
      *4   Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Experimental Station for Animal Husbandry.
Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit
 The Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit was established in 2004 with support from MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology) to conduct education and research on bioinformatics for graduate students who are
studying agricultural and life sciences. The unit’s educational program includes lectures, practice, and seminars in
foundations, methodologies, and advanced topics of bioinformatics and their agricultural applications. It also supports the
research of master and doctoral students and presents practical education linked directly to each research topic. The unit
aims at becoming the base of cooperation for experimental and computational studies and of industry-university
cooperation. So far (2004-2008 academic years), a total of 98 students passed through the program and a total of 301
students passed the lectures. The Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit was renewed in 2009 in order to enhance our activities
by building upon the past experiences, and to promote university-industry cooperation and international cooperation.
Three associate and assistant professors make up the Agricultural Bioinformatics Unit.

Educational Program
-Sequence Analysis
-Genome Informatics
-Introduction to Biostatistics
-Knowledge Processing
-Sequence Statistics and Mathematical Biology
-Protein Structure Bioinformatics
-Omics Informatics I
-Omics Informatics II
-Systems Biology
Advanced Topics
-Special Lectures on Agricultural Bioinformatics I (Food Informatics)
-Special Lectures on Agricultural Bioinformatics II (Microbial
Other special lectures are being prepared including Environmental
Informatics, Landscape Informatics, etc.
-Agricultural Bioinformatics Practice
Graduate students can obtain credits through attendance of these
lectures and practices toward their professional certification. Besides
these lectures and practices, several seminars and a symposium
are held every year.

                                                                         A Scene showing a Lecture Held by the Unit

                                                                         The certification graduation ceremony

                  Educational Computer System
                  (High-Performance Cluster Server)

  AGRI-COCOON (AGricultural Research Incubator COmmunity for COOperative Network of Public, Administrative,
Business, and Academic Sectors) is a research and educational community established in 2005 at the Graduate School
of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo. The principal mission of AGRI-COCOON is to develop and
implement multidisciplinary programs for graduate students. The programs are designed to enable them to conduct
original, highly creative, and self-directive research projects by enhancing their skills in:
  Information collection
  Problem assessment
  Academic communication
  Knowledge building
  Knowledge integration
  AGRI-COCOON also contributes to further advancement and enrichment of the graduate program through collaborative
interactions among academic, business, government, and private institutions. AGRI-COCOON welcomes graduate
students of all majors and departments to its unique multidisciplinary workshops and seminars.
  By building “Agro-Science Knowledge” and developing a new agricultural research-education protocol, AGRI-COCOON
aims at systemization of mutual understanding and communications among academics, industries, government, and
private individuals/ organizations related to agricultural sciences.
  Throughout the academic year, AGRI-COCOON hosts many international symposiums and seminars which are open to
all students and to general public outside the campus. International students are especially welcome to the unique event
series of “Agro-Science Circle of Friends”.

  Academic Curriculum
Food Safety Seminars I/IV
Multidisciplinary Lectures on Food Safety with Frontier Topics in Economics, Veterinary
Science, and Chemistry
Food Safety Seminars II/V
Invite Guest Lecturers, Field Exercise at the Animal Resource Science Center, Computer-
Simulated Risk-Assessment Exercise, Participation of Students in Workshops, etc.
Food Safety Seminars III/VI
Fieldwork at Business Organizations and Research Institutes
Global Agriculture and Culture Seminars I-V
                                                                                             International Symposium
Lectures on Global Topics in Agriculture, Forest, Soil, Fishery, and Agro-Technology
Global Agriculture and Culture Seminar VI
Field Trip to Thailand and Indonesia
Topics in Biomass Utilization Research
Monthly Seminars of UT Faculty with Guest Lecturers on Frontier Topics in Biomass
Biomass Utilization Research Seminar
Fieldwork at Biomass Utilization Sites in Japan
Biodiversity and Agriculture
Discussions and Fieldwork toward Biodiversity in Agricultural Sites with Local Citizens,
Organizations, and Researchers
Training in Nature Restoration Operation Monitoring
Monitoring Research of the Kasumigaura Vegetation Restoration Project through
Collaboration with Local Citizens
Agro-Informatics Seminar                                                                     Global Agriculture and Culture Seminar: Field Trip to
Field Trip to Food Production, Distribution, Processing, and Consumption                     Thailand
Sites and Dialogical Conversations with People in the Field

          Agro-Science Circle of Friends                                          Food Safety Seminar: Field Training at an Independent
                                                                                  Research Institute

Affiliated Institutions

University Farm (Field Production Science Center)
 The Field Production Science Center (FPSC) works for research and education in agricultural production science, crop
physiology and crop ecology. Numbers of research themes in these disciplines are thoroughly studied in an integrated
manner by the FPSC research staff.
 The FPSC particularly focuses on sustainable agriculture and stress biology in the field sciences. The new mission of
the FPSC is to attain further prosperity of all humankind in the new millennium and to construct a framework of agriculture
and its science for next generation in which the capacity of biological production is reinforced without degrading
environmental conditions.
 The FPSC was established in 1878 at the Komaba Campus (formerly Komaba Agricultural School) as an experimental
farm, consisting of both Japanese and European style fields for education and research in agriculture. At present, the
FPSC experimental farm of 22.2 ha is located in Nishitokyo, Tokyo.
 The FPSC provides curriculum for the junior students to learn life cycles of agricultural crops and to experience farming,
helping the students to put theories of agricultural science into practice.
 The FPSC also supervises senior students and graduate students of master and doctoral courses for research.
 The educational activity for the public citizens is also important
function of the FPSC. We are holding several extension lectures
every year, which are addressed to the local citizens, and also
farming practices that are open to the primary school pupils and
their parents.
 Please visit our website (
html) to find out details.

                                                                       Flowering of peach is the decoration in the early spring

       Transplanting rice seedlings by hand in the field class for
       undergraduate students

                                                                       Transplanting seedlings of tomato in the field class for
                                                                       undergraduate students

       Harvesting of buckwheat by the conventional combine

University Forests
  University Forests were established for research and educational purposes in the field of forestry and forest science.
  There are seven university forests in a wide variety of vegetation localities, covering a total of some 32,300 ha.
  University Forest in Chiba was established in the south-eastern part of the Boso Peninsula in 1894 as the first university
forest in Japan. The forest is 2,169 ha in area and in the warm temperate forest zone, and is covered by various types of
forest which consist of Cryptomeria, Chamaecyparis, Abies Tsuga and evergreen broad-leaved trees. Fundamental and
practical studies on management of warm temperate forests are carried out.
  University Forest in Hokkaido, has an area of 22,735 ha located in central Hokkaido. It is dominated by mixed forest
with coniferous and deciduous broad-leaved trees. Studies on management technology of natural boreal forests are
carried out.
  University Forest in Chichibu is 5,812 ha in area and located in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. It is in the cool
temperate forest zone amidst mountainous terrain. The flora and fauna are extremely rich. Fundamental and practical
studies on cool temperate forests are carried out.
  University Forest in Aichi is 1,294 ha in area and located in the warm temperate forest zone. Most area is covered by
secondary forests of pines and deciduous broad-leaved trees owing to reforestation after the long-term consumption of
fuel wood for pottery. Studies on water environment of natural and suburban forests are carried out.
  University Forest at Yamanakako is 40 ha in area and located on the eastern slope of Mt. Fuji. The area lies between
the cool temperate and sub-frigid forest zones. Studies on forest recreation and landscape management are carried
  Arboricultural Research Institute is 246 ha in area and located at the southern end of the Izu Peninsula. The vegetation
is a typical warm temperate forest covered by evergreen tree species. Silvicultural studies on tropical and subtropical
plants and fungi are carried out.
  Experimental Station at Tanashi is the nearest university forest to the campus of the University of Tokyo and is 9 ha in
area. Physiological and ecological studies of trees are carried
  Research Division of the University Forests is in the campus of
Faculty of Agriculture in Tokyo. All the professors of the University
Forests are organized into four laboratories and collaborate in
research and education with the graduate school of the
Department of Ecosystem Studies.

                                                                       Broad-leaved natural forest, University Forest in Chichibu

       Nyctereutes procyonoides albus, University Forest in Hokkaido

                                                                       Field education for students, University Forest at Yamanakako

       Forest classroom, Experimental Station at Tanashi

Animal Resource Science Center
(Experimental Station for Animal Science)
  The center, which was established in 1949 as a livestock farm for teaching undergraduate and graduate students, is
located in Kasama, 90 km north from the main campus. Two professors (veterinary experimental animal and animal life
science), 1 assistant professor (veterinary physiology), 8 technical assistants including 2 veterinarians, and Ph.D. and
Master Degree staff, 2 management staff and 4 part-time assistants support the teaching and research for veterinary
medicine, animal life science and animal biotechnology. Five graduate school students, who belong to the research unit
of animal life sciences, are investigating the frontline subjects of animal biotechnology.
  Six practices, 4 seminars and 5 lectures for undergraduate students and 2 practice, 2 seminars and 7 lectures for
graduate students are performed as educational facility in the center. Many practical seminars on animal life sciences are
offered for pupils of kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools, and for citizen, and the center acts as
social education center for assessing the food safety.
  There are 20 horses including Criollo breed horses, gifts from La Plata University, Argentina, and helpful for animal
therapy, 30 daily cows and 5 beef cattle, and 150 Shiba breed goats, which are bred in the center and useful as experimental
animal for ruminants. Many of these farm animals were provided to many research institutes as experimental animals for
veterinary medical, animal science and medical fields.
  Recent research subjects in the research unit of the center are as follows: (1) Fundamental physiology of mammalian
embryos and reproductive organs. Molecular studies on the mechanism of programmed cell death, apoptosis, in
mammalian ovaries, follicular granulosa cells, oocytes and luteal cells (detection of novel cell-death receptor and its
decoy receptor, elucidation of intracellular apoptosis signal transducing pathway, detection of intracellular inhibitory factors
of apoptosis etc.). (2) Development of accurate control techniques of estrous cycle to improve the artificial insemination
in farm animals. (3) Safety and risk assessment of feeds and animal-derived foods, and safety assessment of environmental
pollutants on embryonic development in mammals. (4) Studies on nutritional effects of amino acids on infantile growth and
prevention of mastitis gastric ulcer in farm animals. (5) Physiological properties of Prion protein knockout cattle, which
was produced by gene-manipulating and reproductive biotechnological techniques.

Prion protein (pathogen of BSE) knockout cows were produced, and their physiological and reproductive properties were examined

Veterinary Medical Center
 The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC : formerly the Veterinary Hospital) was established in 1880 and engages in
education and research on clinical veterinary medicine. VMC is a 4-story and 3,000- m2 building, and is equipped with
advanced diagnostic imaging systems, such as color Doppler ultrasonography, endoscopy/arthroscopy, CT and MRI.
Approximately 15,000 animal patients are referred to VMC every year to receive the advanced and high-level clinical
 VMC plays an important role in educating undergraduate students. They receive various clinical practices via the
academic staff of VMC and bedside education through the clinical rotation. In addition, research carried out by graduate
students belonging to clinical laboratories utilizes various information on diseases depending on their fields. The current
research themes at VMC include neoplastic diseases, various immune-mediated diseases, neurological diseases,
hereditary diseases, anesthesia/analgesia, and orthopedic diseases. Recently collaborative research with medical school/
medical hospital, companies and/or other institutions have been conducted, which may lead to producing novel techniques
and drugs useful for both human and veterinary medicine. This translational research should be one of the important roles
of VMC.
 Furthermore, VMC receives 10-15 fresh veterinarians for their clinical training every year. They work as residents/
hospital staff in the clinical services of VMC and obtain higher knowledge and techniques in small animal practices.
 These activities of VMC must satisfy the social demands for maintenance and improvement of human welfare, and fulfill
the requirements for education and research in veterinary medicine.

                                                          Students and residents are watching the surgery

The Veterinary Medical Center building

                                                                        Magnetic resonance imaging is used mainly for diagnosis of
                                                                        neurological diseases

Fisheries Laboratory (Aquatic Bioscience Research Center)
  The Fisheries Laboratory in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences is involved in research and education
for extensive aquatic biosciences. The main focus of this laboratory is to establish a superior breed of fugu, Takifugu
rubripes, whose genome has been sequenced and annotated. In particular, much effort has been concentrated on genetics
and immunology, in order to identify and characterize genes that participate in disease resistance. The laboratory is
located at Hamana-Bay on the pacific coast of central Japan, and is able to supply seawater as well as freshwater to more
than 100 rearing tanks of various sizes, ranging from 1 m3 to 100 m3. Our state-of-the-art facilities include sophisticated
equipment for gene analysis, cell biology and biochemistry. In addition to biotechnology research, this laboratory is used
as the grounds of ecological research of Hamana-Bay, which provides a unique basin environment for extremely rich bio-
products. The laboratory welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those from overseas.

     Practice for undergraduate students             Fieldwork in lake Hamana by “Seriola”

                                                                   Indoor tanks

     Fugu juveniles reared in an indoor tank

Experimental Station for Landscape Plants
(Landscape Science Center)
 Experimental Station for Landscape Plants was originally established as the "Horticultural
Experimental Station" in 1954 aiming to conduct education in and research on landscape and
ornamental plants. In 1965, the Station officially belonged to Faculty of Agriculture. In 1975, it
was renamed as the Experimental Station for Landscape Plants (current name).
 The Station covers area of approximately 4.7 hectares, located in Kemigawa, Chiba
Prefecture and has been providing fields, facilities and plants materials for education and
 The Station consists of a lecture room, a laboratory, an arboretum, a flowering trees garden,
glasshouses, demonstration gardens, an ecology monitoring field, and Flowering lotus fields.
Main landscape plant collections are 110 cultivars of Japanese camellia and 230 cultivars of
flowering lotus.

The main building behind the cherry tree                                  Flowering lotus field
 There is a collection of trees and shrubs in the Station for practical    The Station has 230 cultivars of flowering lotus including Nelumbo
training in identification and management for undergraduate students.      nucifera Gaertn. and N. lutea Pers. to conserve the genetic resources,
Typical tree and shrub species used for landscaping and gardening in      and they are used for the studies of morphology, physiology and
Japan have been collected and cultivated at the Station.                  ecology.

Nelumbo nucifera ‘Ohga-hasu’                                              Demonstration gardens (Japanese style gardens)
 This flowering lotus is known as ancient lotus. In 1951, three lotus      There are seven demonstration gardens in the Station for the practical
seeds were found in clay layer 2000 years old, located approximately      training of Japanese style garden maintenance.
4.7m under the ground. Dr. Ohga Ichiro sowed the seeds; one of them
grew and came into flower in 1952. Clones of this individual are called
as ‘Ohga-hasu’ (Ohga lotus).

Radioisotope (RI) Center
  Radioisotope Center in Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences was renewed
in 2004. Tracer work using isotope for agricultural study had started as early as the 1950s,
mainly in the fields of plant nutrition and fisheries. However, with the recent and rapid
development of gene engineering, an isotope has been used mainly to label DNA or RNA.
Besides gene, engineering, isotope labeling of chemicals or cells are also performed.
Since many research projects nowadays require isotopes, laboratories using isotope
are widespread among almost all the departments in the Graduate school. About 300
people register to use isotopes each year and most of them are graduate students, senior
researchers or academic staff.
  There is an administration office in this center. To use the isotope following the strict
regulations in Japan, everyone using an isotope is registered and radiation safety program
is provided for each user from the office. Everyone must attend two kinds of lectures, both
by the university and the School. Health check and radiation monitoring is also performed
for each user. Every user has an ID to enter this facility, and administrative records are
accumulated. There are two members of academic staff in the center who, through their
research and training, can advise researchers on the best way of using isotopes or provide
new information about the application of radiation or isotopes.

          The entrance to the radioisotope center

                                                                    The measuring room

          The experiment room

                                                                    The inspection room

 As environmental conditions in agricultural field experiments are frequently affected by the
natural climate conditions, the accuracy and reproducibility of the experimental data
occasionally have limitations. Such problems can be solved to a certain extent by the use of
the Biotron facility, where the constant environmental conditions are controlled all year round
and different conditions can be set at the same time for comparative experiments. Laboratory
animals, insects and aquatic organisms as well as plants can be bred in our Biotron. The
conditions of each room of the Biotron facility are as follows:

Bldg. No. 6
Chamber (for insects) 20-35
Room G1      G4 (natural light) 20-30
       M (machine room)
Bldg. No. 7 (A) rooftop
Room G1 (natural light) D30-N25
       G2 (natural light) 20 (Constant)
       G3 (natural light) D25-N20
       M1 (machine room)
       M2 (for managing)
Bldg. No. 7 (B) rooftop
Room G1      G3 (natural light) 20-35
       M1 (machine room)
       M2 (for managing)
Life Sciences Research Bldg.
Room G1      G3 (natural light) 20-35
                                                           Panoramic view of Biotron

      Rice plants in a phytotron

                                                                            Lettuce plants in flowering stage in a phytotron


Koishikawa Arboretum
 Koishikawa Arboretum occupies about 0.6 ha of the northwest part of Koishikawa
Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of Science, and has served tree materials
for research on physiology, pathology, genetics and breeding of trees as an
experimental nursery since 1909.
 A rhizotron constructed in 2003 has provided valuable facilities for researchers
and students who study symbiology between trees and fungi. It was officially
named “Koishikawa arboretum” along with the start of National University
Corporation “The University of Tokyo” in April, 2004.

The rhizotron visualizes the root (lower right) below the pine tree (upper right) under controlled

Red Horse Chestnut                 Chinese Witch Hazel
Aesculus×carnea                    Hamamelis Mollis

                                                                                                       Path in the Arboretum

Quercus crispula seedlings for research on
Japanese oak wilt disease

                                                                                  Nameboard of Koishikawa Arboretum

Research Center for Food Safety
  The Research Center for Food Safety was established in November 2006 to meet the anticipations and desires for the
development of science and technology for food safety. Its activity is directed to research on food safety under close
collaboration with national and international organizations. The Center is devoted not only to research activities but also
to the provision of scientific information to public, government and private sectors. The Center also aims to develop
leaders with high levels of knowledge and skills by training students, researchers and government officials from Asian and
other countries.
  The specific areas of research activities are as follows:
  • Risk assessment and control of Streptococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Vibrio spp..
  • Risk assessment and control of BSE and other prion diseases threatening food safety
  • Risk assessment and control of health problems caused by mycotoxins in foods
  • Behavior and control of pathogenic bacteria in foods
  • Prevention of health problems caused by food contaminants
  • Pathological, toxicological and patho-physiological studies of the mechanisms of health problems caused by food
  • Development of experimental animals and cellular systems useful for risk assessment of food contaminants and
     animal-derived pathogens
  • Development of analytical methods for food contaminants
  • Maintenance and improvement of healthy farm animals to provide safe foods
  • Development of functional foods and low risk foods
  • Policy decision and economy relating to food safety
  Such research activities of the Center are expected to promote the development of innovative science and technology
for the advancement of food safety, and contribute to the growth of experts capable of dealing with food safety issues
based on the most current knowledge in these fields.

     Experiments using cultured cells at the Laboratory of Immune               The training course for risk assessment of agricultural chemicals
     Regulation                                                                 in foods

                                         Analytical instruments at the Laboratory of Advanced Technology

University Library for Agricultural Life Sciences
  The Faculty has its own library which was established by a donation from alumni and with
the aid of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1965. Former libraries of the various departments
were then incorporated into one library. The Library lists 380,000 volumes of books and
periodicals dealing with agricultural and other natural sciences. Currently, the library
subscribes to about 3,755 titles of periodicals.
  In 1977, the Library was designated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as
the Central Library for foreign agrobiological periodicals, and functions as such by collecting
domestically rare foreign periodicals and providing services to affiliates of other
 In July 2009, the main building was reopened after quakeproof construction.

                                                                     Main building

       Counter (1st Floor)

                                                                           Stacks (3rd Floor)

       PC Corner (1st Floor)

Overseas Research Units

Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration in
  In response to threats posed by declining biodiversity through climate change and desertification, the Center for
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration in Mongolia was established at the Mongolia State University of Agriculture in
2003 as a part of the 21st Century COE Program “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration Research Project” headed by
Professor Izumi Washitani of Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo.
  The climate of Mongolia is harsh continental with high annual and diurnal temperature fluctuations and low intermittent
rainfall, which makes the ecosystem in the region very sensitive to climate change and anthropogenic disturbances.
Moreover, political transition at the beginning of the 90s in Mongolia, which was followed by livestock privatization and
decline of infrastructures, caused a rapid increase in and concentration of livestock, which resulted in land degradation.
The mission of the center is to understand such vulnerable arid ecosystems in relation to human activities, to effectively
restore degraded ecosystems and to provide appropriate pasture management strategies to sustain ecosystem functions
for future generations, by taking initiatives in international and interdisciplinary research through exchanging researchers,
lecturers and students, collaborative research, holding lecture meetings and symposiums.

       Joint field experiment in semi-desert grassland

                                                          Staff room

Related Research Centers

Biotechnology Research Center
 The Biotechnology Research Center is derived from the Biotechnology Research Facilities which were established in the
Faculty of Agriculture of The University of Tokyo in 1984. On the basis of the facilities, the Biotechnology Research Center
was established in 1993 to promote biotechnology research for finding solutions to problems of environmental pollution
and food shortage based on new concepts of biotechnology with two research divisions, the Laboratory for Biotechnology
and the Laboratory for Structural Biology. In 2003, the center was reorganized into three research divisions, the Laboratory
of Environmental Biochemistry, the Laboratory of Cell Biotechnology, and the Laboratory of Plant Functional Biotechnology.
All staff in the center also participate in educational courses for graduate students in the Department of Biotechnology,
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo. In addition, the center supports research by
the staff and students of other Departments in The University of Tokyo by providing advice and facilities.

  Laboratory of Environmental Biochemistry
 The main focuses of the research activities in this laboratory are
as follows:
(1) The elucidation of signal transduction pathways leading to
activation of disease resistance in rice and its application to the
development of agrochemicals conferring plant disease resistance
and rice cultivars resistant to pathogens.
(2) Analysis of novel metabolic capacities of bacteria for xenobiotics
and its application for bioremediaton on environmental pollution.

  Laboratory of Cell Biotechnology                                       Interaction between the IncP-7 carbazole degradative plasmid
                                                                         pCAR1 and P. putida KT2440 chromosome detected by
 The goal of the research in this laboratory is to understand the        transcriptome and biochemical analyses. Such interactions are
                                                                         indispensable for the effective expression of plasmid function in
mechanistic principles and evolutions underlying the biosynthesis        host bacterial cells and are key-determinants of host phenotype
of amino acids and biologically active natural products including        and the fate under the environmental conditions.
terpenes, polyketides, and their hybrids. The laboratory uses a
variety of techniques to solve these problems including molecular
biology, spectroscopy, enzymology, directed evolution, synthetic
biology, and X-ray crystallography.

  Laboratory of Plant Functional Biotechnology
  This laboratory is studying molecular mechanism of plant uptake
of various nutrients, plant interaction with symbiotic microorganisms,
and effect of rhizospheric microorganisms on plant growth. This
laboratory is also studying bioremediation technologies for soils        Left, a new biosynthetic pathway of lysine involving electrostatic
                                                                         interactions with a carrier protein LysW in a thermophilic bacterium,
contaminated with toxic organic compounds focusing on                    Thermus thermophilus; right, chemoenzymatic synthesis of
                                                                         prenylated aromatic small molecules using a Streptomyces
phytoremediation and rhizoremediation.                                   prenyltransferase NphB with relaxed substrate specificity.

                                                                         Stem nodule formation of Sesbania rostrata by Azorhizobium

Asian Natural Environmental Science Center (ANESC)
  The Asian Natural Environmental Science Center (ANESC) established in 1995 is a research center open to the University
of Tokyo scholars. The major aim of the ANESC is to establish management systems for sustainable bioresources with
conservation of regional and global environments. This aim is achieved by assessment of land use and biomass production
in regional and global environments covering from land to shore and by development of cultivation process of biomass
adapted to the natural conditions. In addition, effective utilization of unused biomass, sustainable tourism making a full
use of the natural environment, and methods for energy-efficient cultivation of biomass using symbiotic fungi and plant
varieties tolerant to environmental stress and diseases are investigated at the ANESC.
  Members of the ANESC engage in international cooperative research with scientists of the academic and/or governmental
institutes in Asian countries, such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam in addition to basic
laboratory works. The research sites are set in tropical rain forests, desert areas, crop fields, and coastal areas in these
  The environment and living organisms keep a close
relationship with the earth. Biological production
depends on the environment, which in turn is conserved
by living organisms. This relationship should be studied
to prevent further deterioration of regional and global
environments and to achieve sustainable production of
  We investigate the present situation of the relationship
and work for restoration of the environments to provide
great ecosystems, and sustainable biomass production.
Basic and practical knowledge and techniques
developed in our projects should contribute not only to
conservation and restoration of the global environment,
but also to improvement of our life and economics in the
local communities.
  The ANESC has two Research Divisions, as follows;             Planting trial for environmental reforestation on acid sulfate soils (Thailand)

   The Division of Bio-Environmental Assessment
 Establishment of management systems for sustainable
bioresources with conservation of regional and global environments
based on the investigation for land use and soil fertility of a
 Evaluation of regional resources seeking for nature conservation
and agricultural productivity, and developing regional sustainable
system using these resources.

   The Division of Biological Resources Development
 Development of low-input technologies for environmental
                                                                                    Farmer who lives inside a national park, while providing social
reforestation and sustainable forest management, using                              stability, nature also must be preserved (Vietnam)
physiological activity of trees and symbiotic functions.
 Investigation of tolerance mechanisms of plants to extreme
environments and diseases, and development of plant varieties
tolerant to environmental stress and diseases.

                                                                                    Alkaline soil area in northeast China, where desertification is in


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                                        Annex and Cellular Biosciences            Medical          Research
                                                                                  Center             Center
                                                                                                                  Life Sciences
                                                                                                                 Researchi Bldg.

  Yayoi                                                                                             7B
  Annex                       Agri.Bldg.2

                     gate-house                                                         Agri.Bldg.7A
             Agri.Gate                                       Agri.Bldg.3
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                 Yayoi        Agri.Bldg.1




 Locations of Affiliated Institutions
  1.Yayoi Campus
  2.Koishikawa Arboretum
  3.University Farm (Tama Headquarters)
    Experimental Station at Tanashi
  4.University Forest in Hokkaido
  5.Research Facility for Radiation Breeding
  6.Animal Resource Science Center
  7.University Forest in Chichibu
  8.Experimental Station for Landscape Plants
  9.University Forest in Chiba
 10.University Forest at Yamanakako
 11.Arboricultural Research Institute
 12.Fisheries Laboratory
 13.University Forest in Aichi


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