Base for Field Science
Biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living organisms. Mission of the “Division of Biosphere” is to introduce the mechanisms how biological diversity is maintained and developed that are responsible for the function of biosphere. The mechanisms include molecular or cellular levels and interactions between different organisms to form each biome. Our research activities take advantage of finding evidence and collecting data from the fields, so called field science. Laboratories are highly equipped with advanced facilities enough to explore unknown mechanisms. The final goal of education is to provide students with the viewpoint of feedback effects of living organisms on forming physicochemical environments and also with the ability to work on important environmental issues. Bioremediation is also within our scope.
This course provides teachings on the characteristics for the biological production processes in the various marine environments and of the biological responses and adaptations to the environmental changes. The educational and research activities cover physiological and ecological understandings of the relationship between marine environmental factors and biological production processes through field, and chemical and biological laboratory works.
We do research into the establishment of crop and livestock production systems suitable for cool climatic regions such as Hokkaido.
We also do research into genetic improvement of crops and livestock.
Two lectures are offered. One is an Advanced Course in Environment and Management in Crop Production, in which students will understand characteristics of biological, chemical and physical environments in agricultural land and facilities, and learn how to improve the environments of agricultural land in terms of both productivity and sustainability.
The other is an Advanced Course in Environment and Management in Livestock Production, in which students will understand characteristics of environments in grasslands and barns, and learn about environment creation, supply of feeds and waste treatment systems for livestock production.