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Outline of Divisions of each especialty

Bioproduction Science

Plant Production
Basic and applied studies on production and utilization according to a wide range of plant resources, including agricultural crops are carried out. Basic studies on physiology, ecology and genetics, and applied studies such as production, preservation and breeding technologies are also conducted using plant resources through both conventional and advanced techniques such as biotechnology.
Animal Production
Basic and applied studies on production, rearing, and improvement of livestock and laboratory animals are carried out. Basic studies on production, breeding, and feed nutrition of livestock as well as genetics, breeding, and feeding management of laboratory animals are also conducted through both conventional and advanced technologies such as genetic engineering and embryo development engineering.
Biocontrol and Bioenvironmental Sciences
This section focuses on basic and applied studies of physiology, ecology, heredity, variation and the evolution of organisms that negatively affect bioproduction. This section intends to conduct research and study on the analyses of the relationships between harmful and useful organisms, various factors affecting these relationships, and controlling methods of harmful organisms. In addition, the effects of soil, fertilizers and agricultural chemicals on bioproduction and the environment and their controlling factors are also studied.

Bioresources Science

Bioprocess Engineering
Basic studies on the functions, physiological mechanisms and the genetic controls of living organisms in activity of life at various aspects are carried out. In addition, basic studies are also conducted through biotechnology such as DNA recombination techniques.
Functional Genomics and Biotechnology
This section focuses on basic and applied studies on surveys, analyses, database building and preservation of undeveloped genetic resources in cold-spheres, as well as studies on functions of genomes and cells during development, differentiation and environmental responses by living organisms based on genomic information. This section intends to conduct basic research and instruction to apply the results of genomic studies for quantitative and qualitative improvements of biotic production as well as for environmental conservation.
Utilization of Bioresources
This section focuses on basic and applied studies on the mechanisms of activity of biotic resources, and the development, preservation and utilization of the products through chemical techniques such as degradation and/or synthesis of substances, or the harvesting and processing methods of products. This section intends to conduct research and studies through chemical, engineering, and advanced molecular technologies.

Cryobiosystems Science

Thermo-Biosystem Relations
The responses of life systems in cold-spheres to temperatures (or heat, i.e., a physical element) are studied at different levels: from molecules to whole biological systems. The analyses of these subjects are conducted by using various technologies developed in basic biology, systems biology and bioinformatics. The comprehensive research in the form of engineering and biology combined as well as research and education with an aim to develop bio-derived thermal engineering systems are carried out.
[Partners of the Cooperative Graduate School System]
- National Agricultural Research Center for Tohoku Region, National Agriculture and   Food Research Organization (NARO)
- Iwate Biotechnology Research Center
- Aomori Prefectural Industrial Technology Research Center


Biotic Environment Science

Rural Resource Economics
Basic and applied studies on farming, livestock, forestry industries and rural resources including environment and culture are carried out. Specifically, the following subjects are conducted: 1) the historical and socioeconomic analyses of industries and resources, 2) the development plan, institution and organization control in rural communities, and 3) the relationships with other industries as well as with international cooperations.
Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
The focus is on the sciences of improving and maintaining rural areas aiming for sustainable food production and living environments with beautiful landscapes; fertile farmland, sufficient water and diversified environment. The basic and applied research and study are carried out regarding the science of water and soil which are the basic factors of regional environments, engineering and planning methods such as irrigation and drainage, rural areas development, the recovery of countryside ecosystems, and the mechanical engineering and biological methods such as agricultural energy, biomass, farm machinery and facilities.
Environmental Resource Management
Basic and applied studies on ecological mechanisms of the biospheres composed of forests, farmlands, grasslands, animals and plants are carried out. Technical methods aiming at sustainable use and management of regional resources are also developed. In analyzing, field sciences including forest science, erosion control engineering and biology are mainly used.
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