Rakuno Gakuen University Graduate School | Veterinary Medicine・Dairy Science

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[Master’s Course] Dairy Science

[Master’s Course] Dairy Science

Crop Production Science

Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Professor
Takuji Sawamoto
Research on good agricultural practices based on scientific findings of soils and crops to secure substantial foods with less environmental impacts
Plant Pathology and Entomology Professor
Hitoshi Sasaki
Studies on the taxonomy, distribution, behavior and control of blood sucking insects, mainly tabanids
Studies on the behavior and control of veterinary important insects
Takahiro Sonoda
Research on breeding of disease resistance asparagus and testing of the cultivation method of tomato using endophyte (symbiotic bacteria).
Mitsuhiko Asakawa
1) Clinical parasite (disease), animal geographical epidemiology and biological research of wild animals, zoo animals and exotic pet animals.
2) Ecological approach of the wild animals with the parasite as a index
3) Study on construction of infrastructure of wild animal (medical) science, conservation medicine and education of natural history
Associate Professor
Eiryu Okamoto
We conduct the research to understand the microbial ecology by analyzing complex microbial community from several environments, such as soil and compost manure in agricultural and livestock environment, and hydrosphere and air.
Forage Feed Crops Science Professor
Taiki Yoshihira
We study to establish a cultivation technology that can achieve both high-yield and high-quality in forage crops (corn, grass, wheat and barley) and food crops (wheat, barley and beans). We also study on elucidation factor as viewed from the dry matter production process.
Tsuyoshi Okajima
Application of following research activities to the educational interface.
1) Utilization of grasses and forage crops.
2) Interaction between grasses and animals.
3) Effect of grasses on human welfare.
Toshiya Saigusa
We aim to establish a sustainable grassland management and forage production technology of resource recycling in cold region. We work on ① Elucidation of Growth characterization of the major grass species, ②Composition control of grass species in grassland, ③ Elucidation of nutrient dynamics in forage glass field
Plant Genetics Professor
Takahiro Wagatsuma
We try to understand the life of wild plants in the weed and the ecosystem in the field by molecular biological approach. We also conduct the research on the history and diffusion process of wild plants by estimating the genetic structure of weeds and wild plant populations.
Associate Professor
Yoshihiro Okamoto
We tackle various problems of haploid method of breeding in autogamous crop, especially rice.①Improvement in technology of another culture efficiency,②Establishment of haploid method of breeding other than anther culture method,③Gene mapping of anther culture efficiency,④Production of rice experiment strains such as DHLs and RILs. In these studies, we use not only cultivated species of japonica, but also Indica and wild species.
Associate Professor
Shiro Mori
We work on breeding of garden plants, especially floriculture plant, by selection of excellent individual in tissue culture or using plant biotechnology (such as embryo rescue and chromosome doubling).
Dairy and Farm Machinery Professor
Michio Komiya
My research interest includes automation for efficient feeding, manufacturing of bio-diesel fuel and its physical properties and combustion characteristics of the fuel, and actual situation of energy use and improvement in dairy farm.
Keiji Takahashi
We conduct research on following area: Labor-saving in dairy facilities, improvement of the barn facility structure for reducing labor that takes into account the cow behavior, effective use of livestock manure, improvement of the barn ventilation structure.

Animal Production Science

Animal Reproduction Professor
Osamu Doch
1) Development of efficient embryo production system in bovine.
2) Cryopreservation of bovine oocytes and embryos.
3) Improvement of pregnancy rate and effective utilization of embryo transfer in cattle.
4) Characterization of reproductive physiology in High-producing dairy cows.
5) Improvement of reproduction management system in cattle.
Kei Imai
1) Improvement of embryo production efficiency on in-vitro fertilization in bovine.
2) Assessment technique for conception ability of in-vitro produced bovine embryos.
3) Improvement of Sexing technique in cattle.
4) Development of novel technology for embryo production in livestock animal.
Animal Genetics and Breeding Professor
Motoaki Sato
Morphological analysis of cell division in gametogenesis and embryogenesis of insects
Yoshinori Terawaki
1) Statistical analysis for genetic performance of productive life in Holstein population.
2) Application of survival analysis to animal breeding.
Associate Professor
Tomoko Amano
1. Research on genes involved in the production of milk and meat in livestock
2. Research on genes involved in the production of eggs and meat in poultry
3. Research on genes that control the traits such as disease resistance, breeding capacity and temperament involved in the proper management of livestock and poultry
Animal Nutrition Professor
Hiroki Nakatsuji
Study on characteristics of feed digestion in the rumen of dairy cattle
Eiji No
Feeds and feeding for high producing dairy cows,Control of silage fermentation by biological.  additives
Toshihiko Takahashi
1) Measures to deal with hygiene managements for farm animals,agricultural farms, and neighborhoods at stock farms together with measures for infectious diseases.
2) Control measures for bacteria, viruses, and nematodes inside digestive tracts.
3) Research and study for infectious diseases for cattle and wild animals.
Kenichi Izumi
Study on the relationship between ruminal characteristics and voluntary intake, chewing activity and milk production in dairy cow. Research on feeding management for high yielding lactating dairy herds.
Farm Animal Management Professor
Shigeru Morita
1) Animal welfare assessment for good farm practice and production
2) Factors influencing resting behavior and eating behavior in free-stall barn
3) Analysis of the social connections of adjacent eating and resting cows
Hiroshi Yamada
As a study of human and animal relationship, we investigate the effects of animal therapy and hippotherapy, relationship between pets and humans, measurement of stress response and personality and temperament, exhibition of zoo animals, and behavioral survey.
Shin Oikawa
1) Control and prevention of metabolic diseases in dairy herds
2) Study on productivity and environment in dairy cattle
3) Effective application system of production-related data in dairy farming
Ken Nakada
By using production information form farmers:
1) Research on the index creating for herds diagnosis and herd health management
2) Research on the analysis of productivity disincentive of herds by production epidemiology
Associate Professor
Kenji Nekomoto
We conduct research such as recycling and nitrogen balance of manure; low-cost processing of milking related drainage, and the actual occurrence of greenhouse gas. We also tackle a new theme, which is more “practical”.
Associate Professor
Jun Noda
In order to carry out the livestock management that is suitable for a variety of climates, we understand the situations of different breeding environment. From the standpoint of environmental health, we establish livestock management in consideration of mutual relationship of human, livestock and natural environment.
Dairy Biochemistry Professor
Shuji Ozawa
Research on chemistry and bioactivity of plant polyphenols

Dairy Information Science

Dairy Farm Management and Information Science Professor
Kazuaki Araki
Grasp of information on management itself and collection of outside-management information
Kazuo Sato
Analysis of consumers’ preference for food safety and country-of-origin labeling of foods
Farm Management Professor
Yoshihiko Yoshino
Analysis of the present situation of farm management in Japan to clarify the contemporary problems, and examination of their solutions
Associate Professor
Toru Yoshioka
Planning and practicing method of management strategy in farm management.
Research on developmental conditions and direction of local farming systems
Research on requirements for establishment and the developmental direction of agricultural support system
Kimihito Ataku
Focus on the role and practice of school with the nature of the public which plays in development of the region,Research on the role of local education system to support the foundation in children and young people and practice of school.
Dairy Policy Professor
Seiji Inoue
Research on the influence which agricultural policy has on farm management and regional economy.
Associate Professor
Kentaro Koito
Analysis of dairy productivity and corresponding to risk of farmer.
Agricultural Marketing Professor
Harutomo Aihara
Research on the meanings of globalization seen in WTO agriculture negotiation, peculiar interest confrontations and inside contradictions found among developed countries or developing countries

Environmental and Synbiotic Science

Wildlife Science Professor
Naoko Yamashiki
Elucidation of environmental factors such as providing biological properties and phenotypic polymorphism involved in the generation and breeding of animals collected from the field. Research subjects mainly include insects, and amphibian and arthropod species.
Tsuyoshi Yoshida
For wild animal protection management, we conduct a basic and applied survey studies. In particular, we have been developing a practical research for the protection management of large mammals and countermeasures of foreign organisms in the field of Japan and abroad.
Yoshikazu Sato
We understand the ecology of wild animals, mainly brown bear, which represents wild animal in Hokkaido. In order to minimize conflicts with humans, we conduct research using various techniques such as field survey, laboratory experiment, and data analysis.
Assosiate Professor
Hiromasa Igota
Hunting is an important element of wildlife management. In order to pursue its ecological and social role, we conduct research on trends and awareness of hunting, ecology of hunted wildlife and efficient capture method.
Assosiate Professor
Toru Suzuki
In order to achieve a harmonious coexistence with wildlife and biological diversity and human society, we conduct basic and applied research with conservation biological and landscape ecological approaches.
International environmental information science Professor
Masami Kaneko
This laboratory focuses on the environment policy planning and environment management method using remote sensing and geographic information system for the spatial analysis of environmental conditions change at Asian region and Japan.
Hajime Oshitani
We examine the way of social system (Consciousness and behavior of people, legal system, regulatory and economical methods) in order to live in harmony with the natural environment.
Buho Hoshino
Remote Sensing methods for environment change detection and ecosystem (habitat) modeling;
Land surface change detection of Global and Regional scale.
Associate Professor
Kenta Ogawa
Application of remote sensing, GPS and GIS technology for environmental policy making, prediction of climate change and monitoring of forest and agricultural field.
Environmental conservation science Professor
Tetsuo Yabuki
Research on developing technique to perform biological diversity and global environment maintenance effectively by analyzing various numerical value in environment
Akiko Tooi
We examine the effectiveness of environmental agreements in Japan by demonstrating and evaluating the degree of acceptance of environmental treaties in domestic law. In particular we focus on biodiversity and natural protection related treaties.
Associate Professor
Nobutake Nakatani
1) Research on chemical process dynamics in aquatic system.
2) Development of water quality monitoring system based on the analytical chemistry.
Associate Professor
Kenji Baba
1) Research of disturbance using meteorological model
2) The Atmospheric Physics Study on Asian dust
3) The Atmospheric Physics Study on air-sea interaction
Associate Professor
Osamu Yoshida
1) Domestic and international field observations and international precision analysis on global warming
2) Analysis of biogeochemical material cycles and global environmental change
3) Creation of sustainable agriculture and fishery with field observations
Associate Professor
Satoru Hobara
1) Universal rules in organic matter decay in natural ecosystems
2) Influences of soil minerals and microorganisms on ecosystem processes
3) Plant-soil interaction through chemical substances in terrestrial ecosystems