Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

52Department of Applied BiologyResearching human health and protection of the freshwater environment and analyzing water environment changes using aquatic insects as indicatorsWe are researching the relationship between the benthonic fauna of the freshwater environment (i.e., rivers, lakes, and marshes) and water qualities (trophic status). We use changes in the composition, densities and biomass of various species, and their role in the aquatic ecosystem to learn and monitor of the changes to the freshwater environment. We capture the signals given by aquatic organisms to learn about the current water environment and predict future trends.Professor Hirabayashi took his current position in 2007 after working as an associate professor at the Yamanashi Women's Junior College, and as an associate professor on the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University. He has served on the academic sta at the University College of London in the UK and at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Research keywords include Applied Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Sanitary Zoology, and Environmental Hygiene.Coexisting with nature is a great challenge. We believe it is important to nd ways to do this by becoming highly knowledgeable about nature and living things. Why not become an environmental biologist?Outlook for researchOur graduates are active as researchers at research facilities for pharmaceutical companies, local public organizations, pest control companies, and water quality inspection companies, etc.Outlook for students after graduationChironomid larvae, Propsolocerus akamusi, used as an indicator of aquatic environments.Carrying out a survey of benthonic fauna by damming a portion of a river, as part of a joint project with the Public Works Research Institute of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.Carrying out a survey of aquatic insects in the Azusa River, the Kamikochi Special Protected Zone, with permission from the Ministry of the Environment. (Background: Mt. Yakedake)Kimio HirabayashiProfessorDepartment of Applied BiologyCreating new plants through green innovationWhat would it be like if vegetables could cure allergies, rice could survive global warming, and fruit could grow easily inside a spacecraft? I am carrying out research on selective breeding using the genetic resources of plants to control their shape and form, for example regarding the nutrition of plant fiber, and to make them grow readily without contracting diseases.After graduating from the Nagoya University Graduate School, Professor Hayashida worked at RIKEN and then moved to Shinshu University to establish the Gene Research Center before taking his current position in 2009. His area of research is plant molecular Breeding.In the future, it will be theoretically possible to create weeds that collect poisons that have spread through the environment or roadside trees that glow without using electricity, or to make dierent fruits like bananas or apples that taste like chocolate or vanilla all on a single tree, as one might expect to see in a comic book.Outlook for researchGraduates work at food and pharmaceutical manufacturers and companies in the biotech industry in jobs related to research and development, quality control, and logistics control.Outlook for students after graduationEven though Chinese cabbage and turnips do not look alike, they are in fact a single species that can cross-pollinate. If we can understand why the forms are so dierent, we may be able to change the shapes of other crops in similar ways.The greatest ability of plants is photosynthesis, but the white areas have lost that ability. Understanding why this is will lead to an understanding of photosynthesis itself.Nobuaki HayashidaProfessor


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