Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology enable us to analyze whole genome and gene expression of organisms comprehensively and rapidly. Our research group is trying to reveal the metabolism, function, ecology, and interrelationships of environmental microorganisms reside in tropical & subtropical area using genome information.
We are mainly focusing on the following research subjects.
- Elucidation of how coral-associated microorganisms contribute to the health and the adaptation of their host corals.
- Identification of microorganisms involved in the morphogenesis, growth and disease of “mozuku” (Cladosiphon Okamuranus).
- Collection of anaerobic protozoa inhabiting wastewater treatment processes and research on their symbiotic microorganisms.
- Collection of microorganisms from various environments in Okinawa islands and promotion of joint research using these microbes.
A coral reef around Okinawajima Island. Bacteria inhabiting corals or/and coral reef seawater are considered to play important roles in the formation and maintenance of coral reef ecosystem.
“Mozuku” grown on aquaculture net. Seaweed-associated microorganisms play important roles in the mophogenesis and growth of the host seaweed.
Anaerobic protozoa isolated from wastewater treatment process harbors two types of prokaryotic symbionts.
|Associate Prof.||Naoya SHINZATO|
|Assistant Prof.||Michihiro ITO|