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Department of Plant Ecology

The Department of Plant Ecology specializes in research on the physiological and ecological characteristics of  woody plants (photosynthesis, water utilization, and so on), growth of individual trees, and processes for dry matter production in forest ecosystems. Through these studies, we elucidate the impact of environmental changes and forestry operations, such as thinning, on trees and forests, and develop techniques to make full use of the carbon fixation and wood production capabilities of forests.

Researchers

  • SHIGENAGA, Hidetoshi ; Director
  • OKUDA, Shiro ; (Team) Leader
  • ARAKI, Masatake ; (Team) Leader
  • MATSUI, Tetsuya ; (Additional Post)
  • KABEYA, Daisuke ; (Additional Post)

Ecophysiology Laboratory

  • TOBITA, Hiroyuki ; Chief
  • UEMURA, Akira
  • KAYAMA, Masazumi
  • HARAYAMA, Hisanori
  • SAIKI, Shin-Taro

Plant Production Laboratory

  • HAN, Qingmin ; Chief
  • KAWASAKI, Tatsuro
  • TANAKA, Kenzo
  • SAITO, Takami

Figure: Japanese beech forest
Distribution maps of Japanese beech forest.
(A) Real distribution map at present, (B) Distribution probability estimated under the current climate, (C) Distribution probability estimated under the scenario of CCSR/NIES (between 2091-2100).

Figure: Photosynthesis measurement
Photosynthesis measurement of upper-crown needles of Japanese red pine tree (near Fujiyoshida Station)