News & Events

  • Five graduated students (Nozomi Kodama, Moustafa Elhamouly, Mohamad Elsayed,  Renlong Lv, Sarengaowa Aierqing) received Young Scientist Award/JSAS Excellent Presentation Award for following presentations at 17th AAAP Congress held on 22-25 Aug, 2016.

    Nozomi Kodama, Yukinori Yoshimura, Naoki Isobe
    Effect of mastitis on pregnancy function in prepartum goats

    Moustafa Elhamouly, Yukinori Yoshimura, Naoki Isobe
    Expression and localization of cyclooxygenases in the oviduct of laying hens during the ovulatory cycle

    Elsayed Mohammed, Naoki Isobe, Yukinori Yoshimura
    Effects of probiotics on antimicrobial peptides and pro-inflammatory cytokines expression in response to LPS in the cecum of broiler chicks

    Renlong Lv, Hoang Lam Dang, Taketo Obitsu, Toshisa Sugino, Yuzo Kurokawa
    Effects of adding lactic acid bacteria or formic acid on functional component in ensiled Italian ryegrass with different fertilizer levels

    Sarengaowa Aierqing, Akiko Nakagawa, Miki Okita, Natsuki Fukano, Takao Oka, Takashi Bungo
    Effects of age and polymorphism of monoamine oxidase A on play behavior of Japanese Black calves
  • The Special Seminar "Biology on sex" will be held on 15 Mar. 2016. Poster(Japanese)

    "Epigenetic regulation of sex determination in mouse"
    Dr. Makoto TACHIBANA, Professor,Institute for Enzyme Research, the University of Tokushima / Professor (Special Appointment), Institute for Amphibian Biology, Hiroshima University

    "Sex chromosome evolution and speciation in stickleback fishes"
    Dr. Jun KITANO, Professor, National Institute of Genetics / Professor (Special Appointment), Institute for Amphibian Biology, Hiroshima University
  • Associate Professor Naoki ISOBE, Associate Professor Masahide NISHIBORI, and Professor Taketo OBITSU visited Khon Kaen University (KKU) in Thailand from March 7 to 8, 2016.

    Professors had a meeting about the collaborative research with Dr. Monchai (Dean of the faculty of Agriculture, KKU), Dr. Vitote (Vice Dean of the faculty of Agriculture, KKU), Dr. Suporn, and two other members.

  • "Dairy technology Seminar" for dairy farmers and dairy related person was held on 22 Jan. 2016. Poster(Japanese)

    1.  "Feeding management of transition period in dairy cattle"
         Dr. Masahito OBA, Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
    2.  "Heat stress and photoperiod management in transition period" 
         Dr. Toshihisa SUGINO, Associate Professor
         Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University
    3.  "Feeding management in calf", Dr. OBA

  • Associate Professor Kawakami, Professor Maeda and Professor Yoshimura visited Kasetsart University in Thailand from December 27 to 30, 2015. Visiting Report(Japanese)

       with dean of Faculty of Agriculture,
    Kasetsart University
        at CP-Meiji Co., Ltd
  • RCAS Special Seminar, "Animal management for dairy cattle by active feeding techniques", was held on 18 Dec. 2015. Poster(Japanese)
    Dr. Shigeru MORITA, Professor, Rakuno Gakuen University

  • Associate Professor Naoki ISOBE and Associate Professor Toshihisa SUGINO presented the RCAS’s works at the "Agribusiness Creation Fair 2015" at Tokyo Big Sight on 20 Nov. 2015.

  • Associate Professor Masayuki SHIMADA and Associate Professor Toshihisa SUGINO have been respectively appointed as Distinguished Researcher(DR)s of Hiroshima University in fiscal 2015 for their extraordinarily distinguished research activities.

  • "8th International Symposium on Food and Environment- Sustainable Safe Food Production" was held on 13 Nov. 2015, hosted by the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Co-hosted by the Research Center for Animal Science (RCAS) and the Research Center for Japanese Foods. Abstract

  • RCAS Special Seminar "Study on rumen microbiology in dairy cattle" was held on 12 Nov. 2015.
    Dr. Satoshi KOIKE, Associate Professor, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University

  • Professor Yukinori YOSHIMURA and Associate Professor Naoki ISOBE presented their works at "The 6th International Seminar on Tropical Animal Production (ISTAP)", held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 20-21 Oct. 2015.

    Mainly on activity of the RCAS, the Graduate School of Biosphere Science has concluded international exchange agreements with the Faculty of Agriculture, Gadjah Mada University. Professor Yoshimura presented (Invited) his work about "antimicrobial defense system in poultry". Also, Associate Professor Isobe and Ms. Nishikawa, a graduate student, presented individually their work about "Mastitis and antimicrobial defense systems", which Ms. Nishikawa won the best presentation award.

       The 6th International Seminar on Tropical Animal Production (ISTAP)     RCAS and Gadja Mada U. had
    a round-table conference.
  • RCAS Special Seminar "Epigenetic regulation of the fate of spermatogonial stem cells" was held on 16 Oct. 2015. Poster
    Dr. Zeng Wenxian, Professor (Special Appointment), Graduate School of Biosphere Science / Professor, Northwest A & F University, China

  • RCAS Special Seminar "Recent Global Research on Non-ruminant Nutrition: Analysis & Perspective" was held on 24 Sep. 2015. Poster Abstract
    Dr. Chaiyapoom Bunchasak
    Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University

  • RCAS & JAB Joint Seminor "The 78th Applied Animal Science Seminar", was held on 10 Aug. 2015. Poster
    "Effect of dietary citric acid on the performance, immunity and mineral metabolism of broiler"
    Dr. Khan Md. Shaiful Islam, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Professor

  • Joint International Symbosium “Study on Animal husbandry in Asia” was held on 30 Jul. 2015. Poster
    Hershey P. MONDEJAR, "Supplementation of high tannin forage on crude protein utilization in native goats"
    Renlong LV, "Effects of nitrogen fertilization levels and harvesting stages of grass silage on ruminal phytanic acid production"
    Jade Dhapnee Z. COMPENDIO, "Transportation stress simulation: Its effects on the productivity and hematological indices in laying hens"
    Khushdil Maroof, "Effect of Japanese pepper seeds on blood parameters and behavior in broilers exposed to acute heat stress"
    Dinah M. ESPINA, "Combining abilities for growth and early laying traits of mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos L.)"
    Masahide NISHIBORI, "Genetical Aspects of chicken and pig domestication and biodiversity in Asia"

  • Professor Taketo OBITSU and Associate Professor Toshihisa SUGINO presented their works as invited speakers at "The 8th National Forum on Development of System-Animal Nutrition", held at Zhejiang University, China, on 20 Jun. 2015.
    "Evaluation and utilization of rice and its products as ruminant feeds", Professor Taketo OBITSU
    "Correlation between dietary nutrients and ghrelin secretion in ruminants", Associate Professor Toshihisa SUGINO

        Professor Obitsu     Associate Professor Sugino
  • Associate Professor Masayuki SHIMADA presented his work as a invited speaker for the key note lecture at "The 14th International Symposium of Immunology of Reproduction", May 22-24, 2015, Varna, Bulgaria.

    "The dramatic changes of cumulus cell functions during ovulation process impact meiotic progression and fertilization ability of oocyte"
    Masayuki Shimada, Associate Professor, Hiroshima University
    Key note lecture, 14th International Symposium of Immunology of Reproduction, May 22-24, 2015, Varna, Bulgaria
  • RCAS International Symposium on Animal and Nutrition was held on 20 Feb. 2015.Poster

    Hiroshima University invited internationally renowned researchers in the nutritional field which was related to production of domestic animals and human health, and held an international symposium on 20 Feb. 2015. About 120 people including researchers and students studying related field were participated the symposium that was hosted by RCAS and was also under the joint auspices of Agritech (NPO) and Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University. In part 1, Dr. Jian-Xin Liu (Zhejiang University, China) lectured dietary strategies in lactating cow utilized Chinese feed resources, Dr. Huntington (North Carolina State University, US) talked about starch digestion and glucose metabolism in ruminants, and Dr. Lobley (Rowett Research Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK) delivered a lecture about influence of the meal on human obesity and health. In part 2, Dr. Taniguchi (Hiroshima University) summarized his 40 years’ research results titled “My universities for education, study and personal development”. The posture of the lecturers who had been aiming at technology development of the animal husbandry and the contribution to the human health based on a basic study for many years made a deep impression on all the participants.

       Dr. Huntington’s questions and answers time in Part 1.     Picture of Part 2
  • Professor Tanabe's paper on the Journal of Biological Chemistry has been introduced by EurekAlert! (US) and AlphaGalileo (Europe).
    The Journal of Biological Chemistry

  • JAB & RCAS joint symposium "The heart of animals from scientific knowledge" was held on 30 Jan. 2015.

  • A doctoral dissertation presentation "Nutritional studies for early lactation cows milked by an automatic milking system" was held on 28 Jan. 2015.

  • Associate Professor Kawakami, Associate Professor Obitsu, Professor Maeda and Professor Yoshimura visited the Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand from January 22 to 25, 2015.
    After RCAS and KU introduced themselves each other, their researchers made presentations on the outcomes of their studies while making propositions and exchanging views with regard to conducting international joint research and hosting of the symposium in the future. Professor Yoshimura and Associate Professor Obitsu also conducted an international symposium in which KU scholars and students attended with a lively discussion. Despite two days of stay, it was a great opportunity for us all to be able to cultivate friendship with professors and students at KU, and to explore the chance of RCAS-KU joint research project in the future.
    Visiting Report(Japanese)

  • A doctoral dissertation presentation "Study on effective production of cows by the reproductive engineering methods" was held on 16 Jan. 2015.

  • A doctoral dissertation presentation "Studies on Eggshell Malformation through Cytotoxic Immune Factors Induced by Bacterial and Viral Antigens in the Hen Oviduct" was held on 15 Jan. 2015.

  • A doctoral dissertation presentation "The study of molecular biological research on pre-ovulatory follicle formation via an ALDH family-dependent system" was held on 14 Jan. 2015.

  • Associate Professor Masayuki Shimada has received the UniBio Press Award.
    His article(J Mamm Ova Res, 2009)became the number of reading first place in the online system that the J Mamm Ova Res joined.

  • Special Seminar "Genetic identification of key factors controlling oocyte development in mice" was held on 11 Dec. 2014
    Prof. You-Qiang Su (State Key Lab. of Reproductive Medicine, Nanjing Medical Univ., China) Poster

  • Special Seminar "The 76th Seminar of applied animal science: Genome research using SNP(Single Nucleotide Polymorphism), and toward the genome breeding" was held on 5 Dec. 2014.
    Hiroshi Yasue (Senior researcher, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS); Representative Director, TSUKUBA Gene Laboratory)

  • JAB & RCAS joint seminar was held on 26 Nov, 2014
    Akira Tsukada (Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University)
    Yutaka Okamoto (Biotechnology and Medical Technology Department, NEDO)

  • RCAS Kick-off Seminar "translating fundamental researches to technology developments of animal husbandry" was held on 17 Nov, 2014.

       Prof. Yoshimura explaining
     the summary of RCAS
        The seminar participant listening
      attentively to explanation

  • Joint symposium by RCAS and Gadjah Mada Univerity (UGM; Indonesia) was held at UGM campus on 10 Nov, 2014. At the symposium, activities of RCAS and UGM animal Science were introduced, and then some research reports were presented by professors of each institute. Then, the participants discussed on the collaborative education and research plans. Drs, Nishibori, Maeda, Taniguchi, Obitsu, Sugino, Bungo, Yoshimura, Isobe, and several students from RCAS, and about 10 professors including Professor Ali Agus, Dean of Faculty of Animal Science (UGM) participated in the symposium. Before the symposium, Faculty of Animal Science held a big ceremony for 45 years anniversary. In that ceremony, Graduate School of Biosphere Science and Faculty of Animal Science established MOU specific for education and research collaboration. This MOU will facilitate the collaboration by the institutes.

       Joint symposium by RCAS and Gadjah Mada Univerity (UGM; Indonesia)     The MOU signing ceremony by Prof. Ali Agus, Dean of UGM (2nd left) and Prof Y. Yoshimura, Vice Dean of Hiroshima Univ (2nd right).

  • Special seminar "The mechanism of the cell membranes fusion of ovum and sperm" was held on 17 Oct. 2014.
    Lecturer: Dr. Miyado, Kenji (National Center for Child Health and Development)

  • In a schedule from October 13, 2014 to 16th, Associate Professor Shimada and Associate Professor Isobe visited Northwest A&F University which was one of the Chinese National Key Universities.

      with lab members of Professor Zeng Wenxian
  • Dr. Sugino had a meeting about collaborative research with Professor Masahito Oba (Alberta University, Canada) on August 17, 2014.

      with lab's members
  • Professor Yukinori Yoshimura presented his work as an invited symposium speaker at the 'Avian Reproduction: Foundational Advances and Practical Applications' Symposium of 2014 Poultry Science Association annual meeting, held in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, on 14-17, 2014. The title of his talk was “Innate immunodefense system in hen reproductive organs.

    Symposium organizers Prof. AL Johnson (Pennsylvania state Univ (right)) and Prof. PT Johnson (Cornell Univ (middle)). Prof. Yoshimura is at left side.