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.

◆Admission Policy

  • 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
Associate Professor
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

◆Attractive Research

■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.