The Aim of the Department of
Agricultural and Environmental Biology
The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology conducts
research into sectors that are closely intertwined with our lifestyles,
with the aim of making those lifestyles healthier and more satisfying.
Chief among these research sectors are food, clothing, and shelter,
wherein the department studies grains such as rice and wheat, vegetables
and fruits, the silkworms that make the raw threads that are made
into silk fabrics, the microorganisms and insects which affect plant
production, and the flowers and shrubbery that are essential to
the circumstances in which we live. We take seriously our place
in research aimed at resolving issues involved in agriculture, especially
those issues relating to the food supply. To that end, we our research
goes on at all levels, from the molecular to that of individual
organisms and whole populations alike.
The total world population exceeds six billion people, and it is
said that this figure will top nine billion by the midpoint of the
current century. At present, some eight hundred million people suffer
from malnutrition. At the same time, Japan has the lowest level
of food self-sufficiency among all industrially advanced nations,
producing only 40% of its own food supply. Thus, Japan is heavily
dependent on agriculture in other countries for much of the food
it consumes. The environment is also getting worse with each passing
year, due to the effects of such problems as global warming. All
of the issues that make the achievement of satisfying lifestyles
and also securing a stable food supply, are important issues for
mankind in the 21st Century. It is our hope that a great many young
people will take an interest in the research being undertaken by
the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology, and lend
their strengths and talents to the development of technologies that
will open the door to a brighter future for all mankind.
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