Microbial Technology


The Laboratory of Microbial Technology aims to understand various microbial mechanisms as well as determining their utilization for the interest of human welfare. Our researches are aimed at various biochemical, molecular, and biological aspects in microbiology that have relevance in the fields of medicine, food processing, renewable energy, and environmental pollution.

Research Theme

  1. Diversified microbial utilization of renewable resources (Biodegradable plastic materials, Biodiesel fuel, Medically functional foods and food materials)
  2. Bioprocess development and control of anaerobic fermentation (Lactic acid fermentation, Acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation)
  3. Biochemistry, genetics and fermentation of bacteriocins of lactic acid bacteria
  4. Peptide engineering of lantibiotics containing unusual amino acids
  5. Characterization of microbial diversity in fermented foods and human intestine by molecular approaches (Nukadoko, Correlation between microflora and allergy)
  6. Characterization of chemical signals controlling microbial behavior (Bacterial pheromone)


Kenji SONOMOTO  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Jiro NAKAYAMA  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Takeshi ZENDO  Ph.D., M.Sc.


Location6-10-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka 812-8581 JAPAN
Microbial Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
(Faculty of Agriculture Building 4, Hakozaki Campus)
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