Department of Animal and Grassland Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture
– Master’s Degree Program –
Course of Animal and Grassland Sciences
◆Outline of the Course
The course aims to nurture students who can contribute to production of safe and good-quality animal product by recycling limited self-supplying feed resources to achieve the saving of cost and labor. In order to achieve the above aims, we provide the education on both animal and grassland sciences, stressing on the production of meat animals adapted to warm climate in southern Kyushu area and herbage production based on tropical and subtropical species.
- Those who have undergraduate-level equivalent basic and applicative expertise related to resource-recycling and low-input sustainable animal husbandry founded on self-supplied feed, and basic English skills to express and understand those fields.
- Those who possess basic abilities to analyze and examine various issues on the improvement of food and feed self-sufficiency rates and on harmony between natural and social environments and animal product production systems, and offer solutions to them.
- Those with incentive to actively address some issues related to food, agriculture, and farming communities from home and abroad.
◆Teaching Staff and Main Research Interest
|Position||Staff||Degree||Main Research Interests|
|Professor||AKASHI,Ryo(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Genetic resource,breeding and biotechnology of forage plants|
|Professor||IEIRI,Seiji(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Proper management of animal resources and their breeding program for sustainable utilizatoion|
|Professor||ISHII,Yasuyuki(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Production mechanism of forage and resource plants|
|Professor||KAWASHIMA,Tomoyuki(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Feed resources and global environment|
|Professor||TSUZUKI,Yasuhiro(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Reproductive technology for animal production|
|Professor||HIRATA,Masahiko(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Analysis of grassleand ecosystem(soil-plant-herbivore-environment)dynamics|
|Associate Professor||ISHIDA,Takafumi(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Genetic improvement for livestock animals by animal breeding and gentetics|
|Associate Professor||IGUCHI,Atsushi(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Genomic research of pathogenic bacteria of human and animals|
|Associate Professor||IDOTA,Sachiko(Ms.)||Ph.D.||Herbage production and soil environments in grassland|
|Associate Professor||KOBAYASHI,Ikuo(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Proper management for livestock production|
|Associate Professor||SASAKI,Yosuke(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Herd management procedures and factors associated with high reproductive effeciency in pigs,cattle and poultry|
|Associate Professor||TAKAHASHI,Toshihiro(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Analysis of nutritional function and utilization of feedstuff for animal production|
|Associate Professor||TOBISA,Manabu(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Forage production and management in grassland|
|SAKAMOTO,Shinsuke(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Studies on behavior and ecology of livestock,zoo animals,and wildlife,and management of these species and their environments|
|Assistant Professor||TOKUNAGA,Tadaaki(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Establishment of superior livestock population|
|Assistant Professor||NIIMI,Mitsuhiro(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Forage utilization and global warming in warm temperate zone|
|Assistant Professor||ANZAI,Hiroki(Mr.)||Ph.D.||Grazing ecosystem (interaction among grazing animal, grassland and environment)|
*Organization for Promotion of Tenure Track
■Research on sustainably raising the productivity of livestock as an economic animals
In improving animal productivity in the Southern region of Kyushu which boasts of some of the biggest numbers of domesticated livestock a lot of research is being done the field of animal breeding and genetics. Some of the approaches being used include, estimation of meat production ability using ultrasound, exploring population and molecular genetics to facilitate selection of traits of economic importance. Additionally, research is being done to continuously improve the productive traits in livestock particularly cattle and pigs.
■Collection, Conservation, Evaluation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, and Genetic Transformation of Forage Plants
This course is performing the collection, conservation and evaluation of plant genetic resources and research the evolution of grass (Gramineae) and legume (Leguminosae) forage plants by using genome analysis. Moreover, we study genome-based breeding to generate new varieties, in addition to working on the utilization of local genetic resources. On the other hand, we develop novel forage plants which have high nutritional value and high potential to mitigate the effects of environmental stresses by genetic transformation.
■Research on Food-borne Bacteria
The course cultivates human resources capable of scientific studies about food-safety and stable food supply including the research of food-borne bacteria. A research topic is the control and prevention of E. coli food poisoning and the course is also engaged in unraveling the molecular pathogenesis and development of detection and identification technologies of the pathogen based on the genome information.