[April 2013 organizational change]
Reorganized to explore new research possibilities > Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Group

LABORATORIES

Metabolomics Research Division

Plant Science Center research laboratories are building a research platform focused on the plant metabolome aspects of integrated genomics with the aim of improving plant production capabilities in both quantitative and qualitative terms.

Metabolomic Function Research Group

Kazuki Saito

Our research group develops mass spectrometry-based metabolomic analysis for understanding the function of plant cell. We apply these metabolomics technologies for functional genomics, systems biology and biotechnology of plants.

Kazuki Saito

Metabolic Systems Research Team

Masami Yokota Hirai

Our team is working to predict novel control mechanisms through integrated analysis of metabolome and transcriptome data and verify those predictions in order to clarify metabolic systems and contribute to the development of useful plant substances.

Masami Yokota Hirai

Advanced NMR Metabomics Research Team

Jun Kikuchi

A major objective of our lab is to contribute technologies for solution-state and solid-state NMR analysis and resource discovery in order to contribute to plant biomass production and analysis.

Jun Kikuchi

Metabolome Informatics Research Team

Masanori Arita

Our unit focuses on developing platform software and databases for metabolomics analysis, network analysis and simulations.

Masanori Arita


Functional Genomics Informatics Research

Plant Functional Genomics Research Group

Minami Matsui

By developing cutting-edge, novel genome analysis technologies, our group will contribute to understanding of regulatory networks in organisms and contribute to fundamental research on the genomic functions of plants serves as the core of various research fields

Minami Matsui

Plant Genomic Network Research Team

Motoaki Seki

Our team explores new genes and RNAs involved in environmental stress responses, and analyzes the novel mechanisms of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation through chromatin remodeling and RNAs by cutting-edge genomic technologies.

Motoaki Seki

Integrated Genome Informatics Research Unit

Tetsuya Sakurai

We are undertaking comparative analyses of various plant species using omics information and implementing publicly accessible information infrastructures based on these analyses.

Tetsuya Sakurai

R&D Programs for PSC
Researchers affiliated with the Gene Discovery Research Group undertake various types of research and development work that contribute to PSC as a whole.

  1. Development of bioimaging and microscopy technologies.
  2. Collection of Arabidopsis knock-out mutants for the phenome analysis in gene discovery.
  3. Fundamental research for bioinformatics-based comparative and evolutional genomics.
  4. Fundamental research for comparative genomics and its applications for crop improvement.


Growth Regulation and Productivity Systems Research

Growth Regulation Research Group

Yuji Kamiya

We have developed a sensitive analysis system for plant hormones and their intermediates. Our work on jasmonic acid and auxins will contribute to improve crop production.

Yuji Kamiya

Plant Productivity Systems Research Group

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Our team is focused on the cornerstone of plant hormone research: effecting changes to the sink-source relationship in plant hormones and effective transport and accumulation of anabolites with the aim of improving crop production.

Hitoshi Sakakibara

Cell Function Research Team

Keiko Sugimoto

Using Arabidopsis as a model system, we study how cell and organ size are regulated by developmental and environmental cues.

Keiko Sugimoto

Dormancy and Adaptation Research Unit

Mitsunori Seo

We study plant adaptation responses such as seed dormancy, germination and stress responses based on the biosynthesis and transport of plant hormones.

Mitsunori Seo


Environmental Response and Adaptation Research

Gene Discovery Research Group

Kazuo Shinozaki

Our group analyzes the molecular mechanisms involved in plant responses to abiotic stress such as drought and poor environments, and searches for genes involved in environmental stress tolerance that can be used to develop new stress-tolerant breeds.

Kazuo Shinozaki

Plant Immunity Research Group

Ken Shirasu

The main goal of our group is to understand the molecular mechanisms of immunity in plants. We plan to systematically identify and characterize genes, proteins and small molecular compounds that are important for the defense by using genomics, proteomics and metabolomics approaches

Ken Shirasu

Signaling Pathway Research Unit

Lam-Son Phan Tran

We are elucidating the gene regulatory networks regulating plant adaptation to stresses from signal perception to gene expression, and the crosstalk among different hormone pathways.

Lam-Son Phan Tran

Plant Proteomics Research Unit

Hirofumi Nakagami

We conduct research on protein modification and protein interactions to elucidate the molecular control mechanisms of important physiological functions in plants.

Hirofumi Nakagami

Regulatory Network Research Unit

Ryoung Shin

The overall focus of our laboratory is to understand the biochemical pathways and molecular mechanisms of plant growth and signaling under nutrient-deprived conditions with the use of genetics and molecular tools. We aim to use the findings of this research to increase yields of crops and to deepen our understanding of constraints on plant growth in soils with low fertility.

Ryoung Shin