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Past Projects
Ultrashort Pulse Laser
Membrane Mechanisms
Quantum Spin Information
Organ Regeneration
Computational Brain
Nanoscale Quantum Conductor Array
Dynamic Nanomachine
Entropy Control
Calcium Oscillation
Photon Craft
Cell Mechanosensing
Quantum Entanglement
Development of HIV/AIDS vaccine for HIV-1 Subtype-E
Single Molecule Processes
Cold Trapped Ion
Mind Articulation
Ceramics Superplasticity
Quantum Transition
Subfemtomole Biorecognition
Microbial Evolution
Atom Arrangement-Design and Control for New Materials
199.3~2004.3 Bio-Recycle Project
Research Directors
Dr. Toshiaki Kudo Dr. Toshiaki Kudo
Director of Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory, RIKEN
Dr. Napavarn Noparatnaraporn   Dr. Napavarn Noparatnaraporn
Vice President, Kasetsart University

Counterpart Organization: Kasetsart University (Thailand)
Supporting National Agency: National Research Council of Thailand

Focusing on the symbiotic system between termites and microbes playing an important role for the bio-recycling in the tropical regions, we conducted the collaborative project with Kasetsart University in Thailand to define this system. We prosecuted a new type of integrated scientific approach by paying attention to termites as a target, combining an analysis principally through a method for molecular biology of symbiotic system between termites and microbes at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) located in Japanese side with a research for tropical fields at a laboratory situated in Kasetsart University.
We diversely conducted the research from three points of view: 1) ecological analysis of termites in the tropical ecosystems, 2) an analysis of the termite-microbe symbiotic structure and the mechanism at a molecular level, and 3) a quest for microbes that are symbionts of termites to utilize the biomass. It came to fruition in various areas such as microbiology, entomology, ecology, and so on. By developing these results further, it is expected that the bio-recycle system is explicated in various regions on Earth, and also those studies will lead to the development of efficiently utilizing biomass resources that are not yet utilized.
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