Master’s Courses

Division of Applied Life Science

Improving the function of plants and microorganisms from a bio perspective

The dramatic developments in bioscience and biotechnology in the second half of the twentieth century have provided humans with the technology to manipulate genes and cells, enabling modification of all life forms on earth for specific purposes and goals.

However, manipulation technologies and knowledge of genes far surpass the realm of basic research and applied research, and thus now, a rebuild of fundamental concepts in relation to life science is necessary. This division focuses on education and research that makes the most of bioscience and biotechnology, with students gaining an understanding of new functions of life forms, then aiming for the harmony and integration of nature and humans, and the stable, continued existence of the human race, while attempting to achieve harmony between the effective use of these new functions and the environment and human psychology.

In the Master’s degree course, students make the most of biotechnology to isolate useful genes in plants and microorganisms and analyze their functions, undertaking education and research aimed at improving those functions. We aim to nurture expert technicians who can contribute to the revitalization of the bioresource industry and the development of the local community.

In order to achieve the above, four research fields have been set up in the Division of Applied Life Science as the basic units for education and research.

Plant Genetic Function Research Field

Using model plants, students gain an understanding of vital phenomena by molecular biological means. The basic knowledge and skills obtained are applied in order to shed light on differentiation/morphogenesis, cell propagation and reproductive mechanisms. Furthermore, using genetic engineering methods, students gain an understanding of the production mechanisms of useful plant-specific matter and the bioactivity of the matter, and then create plants that produce high value-added functional substances. In addition, students also conduct development research into gene-transferring vectors aimed at improving the productivity of matter within plants.

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Plant Cell Technology Research Field

With the aim of finding a solution to the problem of food supply that is predicted for the latter half of the 21st Century due to explosive population growth, this field focuses on the research and development of breeding materials for economic plants (crops), by making use of genetic modification techniques and tissue culture techniques. In addition, research and development using biotechnological methods is carried out, on ornamental plants/flowers that add color to our everyday lives. Furthermore, research is also carried out on the conservation and development of useful but rare plants that are part of the local community.

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Microorganism Function Research Field

Microorganisms exist in a diverse range of natural environments, establishing an advanced compound biological system by acquiring environmental response mechanisms. In this field, students gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of the environmental response system of microorganisms. In addition, research is carried out at the gene, enzyme and cell level from a social engineering and social science perspective on the establishment of recycling systems for organic compounds using microorganisms, the development of energy resources such as ethanol and biogas, and the production of functional low molecular weight and high molecular weight compounds.

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Environmental Biology Systems Research Field

Big changes are needed in human activities and lifestyles under the limitations due to global environmental problems, waste product problems and resource depletion. Research in this field focuses on the features of a renewable society centered on agriculture, thinking about lifestyles, recycling and how to reduce waste. In addition, research and development is carried out on the purification of water quality, soil and the atmosphere using biotechnological methods, as well as the degradation of persistent compounds. Furthermore, research is conducted on environmental purification technologies and new energy (hydrogen gas) production by utilizing microorganisms, as well as environmental purification simulations which simulate a range of different environments.

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