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Kumai Hidemi
Title : Professor and Director of Kinki University, GCOE Program Leader
Affiliation : Uragami Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory and Kinki University
Specialized area : Aquaculture
Research theme : General supervision



Takii Kenji
Title : Professor, GCOE Program Assistant Leader (in charge of research), Culture Group
Affiliation : Uragami Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory and Shingu Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fish nutrition
Research theme : 1) Development of formula feed for bluefin tuna, including larvae
2) Search for alternative sources of protein and fat for fish formula feed
3) Fasting and re-feeding of fish and digestion/absorption, etc.



Ohta Hiromi
Title : Professor, GCOE Program Assistant Leader (in charge of education), Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fish physiology of reproduction
Research theme : 1) Control of fish maturity, especially the development of technology for improving the quality of gametes
2) Development of technology for preserving fish gametes
3) Development of technology for producing eel seedlings



Sawada Yoshifumi
Title : Professor, Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Oshima Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fingerling production, Developmental biology
Research theme : 1) Development of technology for producing bluefin tuna fingerlings: early development and lipid metabolism of tunas. Development of DNA markers for producing good quality fingerlings
2) Prevention of morphological abnormality in cultured fish: elucidation of the mechanism of the incidence of morphological abnormalities due to factors in the rearing environment, and the development of preventive methods
3) Development of technology for producing male tiger puffer



Miyashita Shigeru
Title : Professor, Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Shirahama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory and Amami Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Seedling production
Research theme : 1) Reduction of early depletion of bluefin tuna
2) Development of technology for producing seedlings of small larva-type fish which cannot take rotifer as initial feed
3) Examination of new fish species for culture and development of seedling production technology for such fish species



Kato Keitaro
Title : Associate Professor, Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Shirahama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fish genetics and thremmatology
Research theme : Research on breeding and the genetic management of broodstock, especially in red sea bream, Pagrus major, primarily using molecular biological techniques. My concern is more for working in close coordination with the hatchery and farm than for which fish type and research area to work on or in.



Kobayashi Toru
Title : Professor, Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fish genetics and thremmatology
Research theme : 1) Development of embryo manipulation technologies for breed improvement and preservation systems as well as interpretation of embryogenesis and morphogenesis mechanisms
2) Development of sex-differentiaion control technologies
3) Research into breed improvement, genetic management in cultured populations for useful fish species



Yagishita Naoki
Title : Lecturer, Seedling Production Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Population genetics
Research theme : 1) Improvement of quality of seedlings by using molecular techniques
2) Evaluation of genetic diversity of cultivated fishes



Ishibashi Yasunori
Title : Professor, Culture Group Leader
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fish environmental physiology
Research theme : 1) Elucidation of the causes of mass mortality in tuna, such as mutual eating, collision death, and skin damage during breeding and transportation, and development of countermeasures
2) Development of new culture systems which control the marine fish breeding environment
3) Research on cultured fish's stress and health



Murata Osamu
Title : Professor, Fisheries Laboratory Leader, Culture Group
Affiliation : Shirahama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory and Toyama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Aquaculture
Research theme : 1) Research for the industrialization of bluefin tuna culture
2) Development of new fish species for culture and of culture technology



Ishimaru Katsuya
Title : Assistant Instructor, Culture Group
Affiliation : Shirahama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fish disease
Research theme : Develop disease-resistant fish



Amal Biswas
Title : Assistant Instructor, Culture Group
Affiliation : Uragami Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Culture physiology
Research theme : 1) Development of formula feed for larval bluefin tuna
2) Development of breeding technology by regulating environmental factors
3) Search for alternative protein sources for fish meal for formula feed
4) Research on stress on and reproductive biology of cultured fish



Eguchi Mitsuru
Title : Professor, Environment Group Leader
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Environmental Science for Aquaculture
Research theme : 1) Evaluation of the environmental capacity of culturing bay waters for sustainable culturing, and environmental protection
2) Sophistication of land breeding water for seedling production by biological control
3) Elucidation of the environmental dynamics of fish pathogenic bacteria, and development of ecological preventive methods



Sakamoto Wataru
Title : Professor, Environment Group
Affiliation : Shirahama Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fish behavior
Research theme : 1) Swimming behavior in preserves, and the size of space
2) Difference in digestibility according to the degree of growth and the feed type
3) Impact of changes in water temperature on the body temperature and behavior



Yamane Takeshi
Title : Professor, Environment Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fisheries
Research theme : Analysis, research, and development of culture production systems.



Takagi Tsutomu
Title : Professor, Environment Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Dynamics, Biomechanics and ethology in Fisheries Science
Research theme : 1) Elucidation of fish's swimming ability through a biomechanical approach
2) Research on the mechanism and role of fish schooling behavior
3) Mechanical analysis of aquaculture facilities, and research and development of optimum design techniques



Mitsunaga Yasushi
Title : Lecturer, Environment Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fish behavior
Research theme : Intend to establish an optimum fishery production system by gathering information about the behavior of fish and fishing gear and environmental changes by telemetry, using data loggers and transmitters. This global COE aims to establish an optimum culture production system by monitoring the behavior of cultured fish and preserves and changes in the culture environment.



Nagata Erina
Title : Assistant Instructor, Environment Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Environmental microbiology
Research theme : 1) Development of detection systems for pathogenic microorganisms in fish and interpretations of their infection cycles
2) Interpretation of pathogenic mechanisms within pathogenic microorganisms in fish and development of prevention measures



Tsukamasa Yasuyuki
Title : Professor, Utilization and Safety Group Leader
Affiliation : Applied Life Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Aquatic Food Science
Research theme : 1) Improvement of the quality, color, texture, taste, aroma and nutritional value, of Pacific bluefin tuna
2) Non-destructive analysis of the quality of Pacific bluefin tuna
3) Utilization of cultured fish



Kawamura Yukio
Title : Professor, Utilization and Safety Group
Affiliation : Applied Biological chemistry, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Food Functionality, Molecular Cell Biology
Research theme : Biologically active substances in Bluefin tuna and their application



Ando Masashi
Title : Professor, Utilization and Safety Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Fisheries chemistry, Food hygiene
Research theme : Research on the reduction of mercury in cultured in bluefin tuna
Research on the safety of foreign marine products
Development of new indicators of fish freshness



Itoh Tomohiro
Title : Food Functionality, bone and mineral research
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Food Functionality, bone and mineral research
Research theme : 1) Research into biodynamic adjustment in fishery product components
2) Research into the impact of fishery product components on skin function
3) Research into methods of effectively exploiting unused resources (processing residue)



Tada Minoru
Title : Professor, Distribution and Risk Analysis Group Leader
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Econometrics, developmental economics
Research theme : Analyze movements in the bluefin tuna market and study business models for cultured bluefin tuna to elucidate the impact of the full culture technology on the wild bluefin tuna stock.



Ono Sei-ichiro
Title : Processor, Distribution and Risk Analysis Group
Affiliation : Uragami Experiment Station, Fisheries Laboratory
Specialized area : Fishery economics
Research theme : 1) Analysis of the actual state and the future of the bluefin tuna culture industry
2) Management analysis of the fish culture industry, focused on bluefin tuna
3) Economical analysis of bluefin tuna longline fishing



Ariji Masahiko
Title : Associate Professor, Distribution and Risk Analysis Group
Affiliation : Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Agriculture
Specialized area : Management analysis
Research theme : Economical evaluation of the safety of cultured bluefin tuna, and research on marketing.




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