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Systematic Forest & Forest Products Science

Introduction

How do we utilize forest bio-resources (wood, mushroom etc)? Dominant chemical resources are lignin, celluloses and hemicelluloses as structural constituents in woods. However, their characteristic features of forest bio-resources such as color, odor, and biological activities are mainly caused by their “extractives”. Development of utilizing not only structural constituents (lignin, cellulose, hemicelluloses etc) but also individual extractives should be achieved for overall utilization of bio-resources. Our group has been searching for ecologically sound functional agents based on natural products (including biopolymers such as enzymes) that fundamentally regulate nature. Our studies have focused on developing alternative medicinal agents, cosmetic ingredient, aroma but the scope has now extended to not only plant but also mushroom, etc. Also, conversion of unused biomaterials such as waste (bark and bamboo etc) to valuable biological active material by mushroom, in other words, bio-refinery for production of biologically active materials for medicine, cosmetics and functional food is also under investigation. Furthermore, the investigation of physiological and psychological effect of aroma (volatile or essential oil) on human is going. Our group has been pursuing these types of study.

Keyword

Biologically natural products, mushroom, wood, plant, extractives, aroma, essential oil, physiological effect, psychological effect, biorefinary

Research Theme

  1. Searching for biologically active compound from nature (plant, microorganism etc)
  2. Development of the way of utilizing forest bio-resources based on their biological activities
  3. Investigation of physiological and psychological effect of aroma (volatile, essential oils etc) on human
  4. Bio-refinary: conversion of unused bioresources to biologically sound materials by mushroom

Staff

Kuniyoshi SHIMIZU  Ph.D., M.Sc.

Access

Location6-10-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka 812-8581 JAPAN
Sustainable Bioresources Science, Department of Agro-environmental Sciences, Department of Agro-environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
(Faculty of Agriculture Building 3-309, Hakozaki Campus)
TEL.+81-92-642-3002
E-mail:shimizu@agr.kyushu-u.ac.jp
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