Graduate School Information

Cross-cutting research project - FY 2023


Elucidation of the plant mechanism of acclimation to combined heat and high light stress and development of tolerant plants

Professor : Jun’ichi MANO(Yamaguchi)


The impact of global warming on agricultural production is becoming a major issue. In this project, we will elucidate the tolerance mechanism of plants to combined stress of high temperature and strong light. In the long term, the aim is to apply the knowledge obtained through this project to crops and develop crops that are tolerant of high temperature and strong light stress.

Development of environmental DNA methods for insect-plant interactions

Professor : Shigenori Karasawa(Tottori)


Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a novel ecological technique that analyses DNA derived from living organisms to identify the flora and fauna of an area. EDNA analysis is rapidly developing in marine and river ecological studies, but has rarely been used for terrestrial ecological studies. The project aims to develop eDNA methods to elucidate insect-plant interactions in terrestrial habitats.

Environmental adaptability assessment and countermeasures for agricultural products using DX technology

Associate Professor : Yoshihiro Takemura(Tottori)


Efforts to address the challenges of an aging population and labor shortages in agricultural production sites necessitate the implementation of digital transformation in agriculture (agricultural DX). In this project, we will employ agricultural DX technology to evaluate the growth status of various agricultural products, such as crops, vegetables, and fruit trees, and explore new cultivation techniques to ensure the adaptability of these agricultural products to environmental changes.


Search for useful substances, functions and characters from Antarctic microorganisms

Assistant Professor : Shohei Hayashi(Shimane)


Bacteria isolated from soil samples in Antarctica were searched for substances that inhibit biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, inhibit weed seed germination, and degrade characteristic fatty acids. Several different bacterial strains produced substances that inhibited biofilm formation and affected seed germination. The bioactive substances were produced on a large scale and their chemical structures are being determined.

“Sake Education Research Group” aiming an organization contributing to regional revitalization

Professor : Hideki Araki(Yamaguchi)


The Sake Education Study Group organizes researchers from Tottori University, Shimane University, and Yamaguchi University who study on "sake" brewing and its material production in the Chugoku region. We are trying to form a foundation for research and human resource development that can solve problems concerned with the brewing and material production. We hold public seminars and other events to deepen cooperation with associated organizations such as regional sake brewer associations.


Project for Conservation and Utilization of Plant Resources

Associate Professor : Hironori Kaminaka(Tottori)


Plants are essential for sustaining a wide range of subjects, from our food and lifestyle to natural ecosystems, but conservation and utilization of plants as resources have become key issues. In this research project, we aim to widely obtain the knowledge that can contribute to "conservation and utilization of plant resources" through the research conducted from the laboratory to the field.

Project for Utilization of Local Agricultural Products -Enhancement of added value through functional presentation -

Associate Professor : Yukinori Yabuta(Tottori)


This project aims to find anti-aging and disease-suppressing agricultural and fishery products from regional resources, identify functional substances, and analyze their mechanisms.