Since Okinawa is composed small islands located in a subtropical region, it is strongly influenced by a m aritime climate with strong sunlight throughout the year, unlike the temperate zone to which most of the Japanese archipelago belongs. In this environment, there are high physical (heat, ultraviolet rays, strong winds), chemical (soil salinity), and biological (pests) stresses. Therefore, native plants in Okinawa are equipped with high stress defense mechanisms. Many of the molecules involved in these stress responses (phytochemicals) have strong effects on animal physiology. Some of them can be applied as functional components that affect human health.
In this field, we are investigating the functional characteristics of plant resources in subtropical islands and their application to human health maintenance.
|Associate Prof.||Hironori IWASAKI|
|Adjunct Associate Prof.||Masashi INAFUKU|