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Laboratory of Forest Ecosystem

We are conducting research related to the dynamics of forest ecosystems and mechanisms to sustain biodiversity. Research topics include interactions among organisms, genetic structures, adaptation to the environment, impacts of climate change and wildlife management, which have been studied at the individual, population and community levels for a variety of forest dwelling organisms as well as the forest itself.

Major theme

  • Spatial and temporal population dynamics of forest defoliating insects and their biological interactions
  • Influences of global warming on forest insects
  • Wood boring insects and forest decline
  • Genetic dissection of local adaptations in forest trees
  • Response against heat stress of boreal trees in the age of global warming
  • Ecological consequences of deer herbivory on biodiversity and biological interactions in forest ecosystems
  • Ecosystem functioning of rhizosphere organisms and microbes in plant-soil feedback systems
  • Molecular mechanisms of mass flowering in bamboo
  • Expression analysis of flowering genes in Abies sachalinensis
  • Development of DNA markers for putative hybrid species detection in Japanese dwarf bamboo
  • Long term dynamics and diversity of forests
  • Stand development of forests that have been disturbed by a super typhoon
  • Stand structure and dynamics of wave-regenerated forests
  • Ecology and behavior of forest dwelling bats

Staff

ForEco16.jpgForest defoliation caused by population outbreaks of the beech caterpillar, Syntypistis punctatella

ForEco10.JPGPlatypus quercivorus and the incidence of Japanese oak wilt

ForEco21.JPGTransplant experiments of three boreal conifers in UTCBF

ForEco22.JPGExclosure installed to prevent deer herbivory in UTCF

ForEco13.jpgInflorescences of the temperate bamboo, Shibataea chinensis

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Sampling the leaves of dwarf bamboo in the snow

ForEco12.jpgFir wave (Shimagare): a patterned vegetation caused by high prevailing winds