Research Institute for Bioresources and Biotechnology
From the perspective of environmental problems, a departure from a society dependent on fossil fuels and the establishment of a renewable resource society is becoming desirable. At the Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology, research is focused on the purification of water, soil and air, as well as the breakdown of persistent compounds. In addition, research is conducted on environmental purification using microorganisms, and effective use technologies, as well as environmental purification simulations which simulate a range of different environments.
Question: How much does one have to dilute (with water) one bowl of miso soup so that a fish can live there? The answer? With two bath-fulls of water. If it was 100cc of oil used for tempura, one would have to use large amounts of water – approximately 200 bath-fulls of water so a fish was able to live in it. Currently, water pollution is becoming widespread due to industry wastewater, residential wastewater and other reasons including deforestation, thus ecosystems are changing. Of course our earth is also having to deal with many problems such as global warming and desertification. In order to solve these issues, it is imperative that we all think of the environment and work on establishing a renewable society.
At the Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology, research is carried out on a range of topics to achieve this overall goal, such as ‘Environment Rehabilitation using Microorganisms’, ‘Effective Use of Environment Biotechnology’, ‘Research related to Organic Cycling’, ‘Risk Management in Waste Processing’, and ‘Development of Environmental Education/Environmental Learning’. For example, in research related to organic cycling, research is focused on finding methods for utilizing food scraps, and waste products from agricultural and forestry activities such as crop residues and thinned wood, as renewable organic resources. In addition we search for topics connected with the rehabilitation and effective use of the environment, through basic research on the various decomposing bacteria that exist in compost and soil, i.e. microorganisms.
We hope that we can help many individuals leave this laboratory both with the ability to understand the importance of the environment and the ability to take the lead in manufacturing goods with processes that are respectful to the environment.