Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University / Research Center for Space Agriculture and Horticulture
Professor / DirectorMy primary research encompasses various areas, including studying how plants respond to environmental stimuli such as gravity, light, touch, and moisture. Additionally, I investigate sex differentiation and expression of cucurbit flowers. Notably, I have rediscovered the ability of plant roots to show positive hydrotropism and clarified the unique molecular mechanisms underlying this process. Moreover, I have demonstrated the value of spaceflight experiments in enhancing our understanding of plant functionality.
Recent Topics of Interest:
I have been fascinated by peanut gynophore for a long time. After flowering, these gynophores exhibit a remarkable response to gravity as they grow downward and penetrate the soil. Despite being a part of the flower’s above-ground tissue, the gynophore behaves like a root. My particular interest lies in unveiling the mechanistic aspect of this phenomenon in peanuts, which hold a special significance as a prized product of Chiba prefecture.
Motto in Research or in Life:
Making an effort brings about serendipitous encounters with individuals that can create profound turnings point in life
Hobby / Holiday: Mountain climbing (walking), Skiing, Fishing