Outline of Specialty of each Major
Basic and applied studies on production and utilization of a wide range of plant resources, including agricultural crops. 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.
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.
Biological Ecology Control
This section focuses on basic and applied studies of physiology, ecology, heredity, variation and the evolution of organisms that negatively affect bioproduction. This section conducts research and study on 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, ecology and environment and their controlling factors are also studied.
This section focuses on basic studies on the functions, physiological mechanisms, the genetic controls of living organisms and biomolecular function and also their applied studies including natural products chemistry and biotechnology such as DNA recombination techniques.
This section focuses on basic and applied studies on surveys, analyses, database building and preservation of undeveloped genetic resources in cold areas, 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 conducts basic research and instruction on genomic studies for quantitative and qualitative improvements of biotic production as well as for environmental conservation making full use of methods of basic biology, systems biology and bioinformatics.
The target of this section is “food” for our existence and healthy life and also for the products of the primary industry. This section focuses on food function, nutrition and processings, where the section conducts basic and applied studies using advanced research methods at the molecular level as well as chemical and engineering methods.
Regional Environment Creation
Regional Resources and Environmental Economics
Basic and applied studies on farming, livestock, forestry, fishery 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 including fishing village, and 3）the relationships with other industries as well as with international cooperation.
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. Basic and applied research and studies are carried out on 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 mechanical engineering and biological methods such as agricultural energy, biomass, farm machinery and facilities.
Regional Resources and Environmental Management
Basic and applied studies on ecological mechanisms of the biospheres composed of forests, farmlands, grasslands, oceans, animals and plants are carried out. Technical methods aiming at sustainable use of natural resources and the environment as well as management of regional resources are also developed. In analysis, field science including forest science, erosion control engineering and biology are mainly used.