Master’s Courses

Division of Bioproduction Science

Producing specialists in bioproduction and increased food production

In the Department of Bioproduction Science, Faculty of Bioresources and Environmental Sciences, Ishikawa Prefectural University, students gain an understanding of the physiology and ecology of animal and plant bioresources from the population, individual, cell, molecular and genetic levels. Education and research is focused on the development of production technologies utilizing the useful functions of bioresources, through the use of the latest science and technology such as biotechnology. In addition, through integrated education and research including acquiring knowledge and participating in experiments/practicums, we nurture agribusiness managers, as well as specialist individuals who can contribute to the growth of cooperatives such as community agricultural groups.

This type of faculty education can be classed as ‘understanding basic principles and fostering the skills of application’, while graduate school education is seen as ‘fostering the ability to set goals, identify problems and provide solutions’. As a result of the expansion of the scope of agricultural science, which has eliminated the borders between fields, comprehensive multidisciplinary research and education systems are sought after. In the Master’s Degree Course, in order to overcome the overspecialization common with small universities, teaching staff from related specialist fields work in close cooperation, while keeping faculty education as the foundation. In particular, we aim to educate specialists who can establish theories for bioproduction and increased food production that are balanced with biological sustainability, biodiversity, and ecosystems.

In order to achieve the above, four research fields (details below) have been set up in the Division of Bioproduction Science as the basic units for education and research.

Basic Plant Production Research Field

In this research field students gain an ecological, physiological and genetic understanding of plant responses to nutritional and environmental factors and the interactions between plants and phytopathogenic microorganisms. Intrinsic communication and genetic processes at cell and individual levels are analyzed biochemically and molecular biologically. Furthermore, a general understanding is gained of plant growth regulation mechanisms and dynamics at the population level, with education and research aimed at improving functionality, safety and productivity.

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Plant Production Research Field

In this research field, students gain an understanding of the ecological, physiological and genetic characteristics and their environmental responses of food crops, industrial crops, feed crops, horticultural crops and useful plant resources. Education and research is carried out on the development of new production technologies and the establishment of production systems in order to maximize the material production functions of plants, and theories and technologies related to primary production are established, with the aim of revitalizing local industry. In addition, through the development and application of crop production prediction models, education and research is focused on problems related to crop production on a local and global scale.

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Animal Production Research Field

Through basic research in the reproduction of mammals and birds, students gain an understanding of ontogeny and reproduction mechanisms. Education and research is carried out on livestock improvements and breeding using the latest embryo technologies, breeding of rare animals, the raising of animal resources and the basic theories and technologies of their nutrition management, in addition to the characteristics of livestock feed ingredients and nutrition physiology related to their effective use. In addition, education and research is also carried out with the purpose of gaining an understanding of the diverse characteristics of animals at the molecular and cell level right up to the individual and population level, and contributing to the establishment of sustainable animal production technology systems in harmony with the environment.

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Bioresource Management Research Field

In this research field, education and research focuses on how economic resources (such as agricultural, forestry and fishery products, labor, fertilizer and machinery) and natural resources (land, water, air, forests, the sea) should be used, and is carried out in a public economic way, in a new institutional economic way, in a technological way, and from a range of perspectives (from the agricultural field and farmers to the community, and from a country / global perspective), and through this we aim to nurture individuals who have highly specialist knowledge and the creative and interdisciplinary ability to solve problems. In the Bioresource Management Research Field, we place emphasis on the interdisciplinary integration with the education and research in other fields of the Division of Bioproduction Science as well as other divisions, and as a field in the only agricultural graduate school in Ishikawa Prefecture, we conduct education and research to contribute to the community, including measures against the aging of those in the agricultural/forestry/fishing industries in the Prefecture, depopulation, derelict farmland, forestry destruction, depletion of fishing resources and declining settlement, as well as the research and investigation into the formation of large-scale farming enterprises.

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