Research areas

This program provides an education targeted at the acquisition of extensive knowledge related to bio-production, bio-functions and bio-environmental sciences. Students also acquire expertise and skills that can be applied internationally, and will graduate as professionals with a widely balanced approach to creating solutions. The agricultural research and education field includes basic and applied sciences, extensively covering both natural sciences and social sciences.

Four Year Timeline (Leading up to B.S. in Agriculture)

The undergraduate program in Bioresource and Bioenvironment covers extensive research areas: from molecule to biosphere, from sea to highlands, and from microbes to higher plants and animals. It is for this reason that we have set in place a learning system that requires all program participants to take classes in various liberal arts and basic natural sciences as well as agriculture fundamentals for the first year and a half. Having been thus equipped with the necessary knowledge to decide which research area they would like to concentrate on, students will be required by the first semester of their junior year to select their special research area (See inside for detail) under the guidance of the academic coordinator, and devote their time and energy to completing their bachelor’s thesis for the remainder of their study.

Category A: Agricultural Resources, Engineering and Economics

Agronomy

This area is primarily concerned with scientific analysis of the life phenomena of bioresource organisms from the viewpoint of heredity, environment, and interrelations among the creatures, so as to contribute to the resolution of global environmental issues. In our laboratories, students conduct research on edible crops such as rice and beans; garden crops such as vegetables and flowers; and agriculture-related microorganisms, including phytopathogens, and various insects. Each laboratory seeks the improvement of productivity and product quality, the biological control of pests, the development of biological pesticides and methods of using natural enemies, and the discovery and utilization of new functions hidden in living creatures. Responding to the remarkable progress of the life sciences, we are engaged in education and research that makes good use of gene expression control and tissue cultures.

Environmental Engineering

Establishing a bioproduction foundation is the basic target of this special area. We conduct research and education aimed at improving agricultural output and creating affluent rural areas through the utilization, control and preservation of the natural environment, and creation of new technologies. This area covers an extensive array of subjects, including those that involve soil, water, living creatures, weather, and our society. Our research goal is to explore the best ways to optimize these vast systems. To this end, we have established a uniquely broad academic system that covers both basic and applied fields. This comprehensive approach to academics and engineering allows us to play an important role in fulfilling the increasingly diversified needs of society.

Bioproduction System Engineering

In this area, research will be conducted in pursuit of the improvement of productivity and product quality, centering on the mechanization and systematization of each product cycle process, from agricultural production to distribution. This means that we work toward the development of machines related to crop cultivation as the primary production step of agriculture, technologies that boost productivity, improvements in processing, storage, and distribution technologies, as well as improved safety and systemization for the handling of produced crops. Beyond this, we are making solid inroads in the pursuit of human safety and comfort, as well as in robotization and automation. On the utilization and management sides, improvements in efficiency using the system engineering method are being achieved.

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural economics covers the socioeconomic issues involved in the international food system, mainly in Asia, to contribute to the stable supply of safe food and to the environmentally sustainable development of domestic and foreign food industries and regional economies. Attaining these objectives requires not only basic knowledge of agricultural economics, but also knowledge of natural science and technological knowledge of food, agriculture, and farming villages as well as an international sensibility. Therefore, students are required to complete basic subjects in natural sciences and technological sciences and to nurture an international awareness through close exchanges with students and researchers from Asia, Europe, and America. In this way, they can obtain sufficient knowledge in both natural sciences and technological sciences, in addition to social science.

Category B: Applied Biosciences

Agricultural Chemistry

Agricultural chemistry is basic and applied science that deals with all chemical fields involved in bioproduction, and covers areas ranging from state-of-the-art biotechnology to environmental science. In this area, we conduct research and study that seeks to clarify the various life phenomena engaged in by living creatures, chemically breaking down the structures and functions of the diverse substances they produce, and analyzing the interaction between the creatures and their environment from a physical standpoint. We use this knowledge to enhance our own primary and secondary production processes, and ultimately aim to contribute to the welfare and prosperity of humankind.

Food Science and Technology

This research area carries the banner for bioscience based on life science and its technologies. Therefore, the kind of study we shall engage in is not just a parallel of biology, chemistry, and engineering, but rather a truly interdisciplinary domain that unifies these three subjects. Our research and education involve (1) the advanced utilization of the functions of food materials and their by-products, the conversion of unused resources into food, and the development of new bioresources; (2) confirming the safety, quality, and nutritious effects of secondary and tertiary products of food; (3) clarifying the physical, chemical, and biochemical changes that occur in the production processes and their controls; and (4) the principles of food processing, related machinery, and the biological treatment of organic waste products.

Category C: Forestry and Forest Products

Forest Environmental and Management Sciences

Seeking to achieve the preservation of the global environment and the sustainable production of forest resources, this study area covers a wide range of research topics, including preservation of the natural environment and land; elucidation of forest functions to prevent natural disasters; the development of new technologies related to measurements of forest resources; and optimization of the policies related to forest management that harmonize wood productivity, public interest, and the natural environment.

Forest Bioscience

In this special area, extensive research and education are conducted on subjects ranging from the molecular and the material to the ecological level, all aimed at actively developing the various functions of forest creatures and their complex environment for new applications, preserving and restoring the global environment, and making optimal use of forest resources in harmony with nature. Students concentrating on this area will acquire expertise in forest function development science, which comprises silviculture, plant metabolism control science, ligneous resource science, and its peripheral domains.

Biomaterial Science

This special area covers research on the advanced use of biomaterials, especially wood products. The research topics include advanced physical and chemical utilization of forest bioresources and highly organized engineering of forest-related environmental issues. All of this research is done with the goal of realizing the coexistence of an affluent society with the preservation of the global environment, thus requiring the wide-ranging education we offer. Students concentrating on this area will be able to choose from an array of lectures, experiments, practices, and exercises to further develop their expertise in biomaterial function science and its peripheral domains.

Category D: Animal Resources

Fisheries Science

With growing populations and increased food demands in the world, fishery resources have a vital role to play in the supply of bioresources. Aquatic organisms living in marine and freshwater environments are important bioresources providing not only food but also unique compounds that can be used for medical and industrial materials for human welfare and environmental conservation. Studies in fisheries science will include advanced lectures and various field and laboratory activities on marine biosciences and biotechnology to produce experts on fisheries and related biosciences.

Animal Science

Animal science provides methods of production of high-quality protein sources, including milk, meat, and eggs, originated from terrestrial animals. Although the remarkable increase in the world’s population requires the effective production of animal products, sustainable production in harmony with the environment is also essential. This research area comprises anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biotechnology of domestic and wild animals, aiming at optimized utilization of animal resources, the development of animal food processing, the evaluation of feed resources, and animal protection.


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