Bio-Photo-Imaging Team
MISSION

Our group aims to explore microbial and genetic resources widely distributed in the environment, which could contribute to creating new bioprocesses for biochemicals and bioenergy production and environmental pollution control. Current research reveals that the great majority (>99%) of microorganisms in the environment have not been cultured yet due to the limitations of conventional culture techniques. To access such untapped biological and genetic resources, we are strongly interested in developing new strategies to cultivate and isolate the uncultured microorganisms. We are also performing environmental omics (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, etc.) to capture the whole genetic information in the environment. Furthermore, we are conducting functional metagenomics to exploit useful genetic resources available for bio-industries. Through those researches, we would like to provide novel bio-resources and their industrially useful genetic and biochemical information, and to scientifically unveil the way of living of the uncultured majority of microorganisms in the environment.

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New members(2019.04.01)

Hiroyuki Kusada was newly appointed as a researcher in our group. Kana Morinaga (postdoc)、Nozomi Nakahara (postdoc), Miho Watanabe (postdoc), Yu Nakajima (JSPS postdoctoral fellow), and Tomoki Nishioka (JSPS postdoctoral fellow) joined the research group.

Personnel change(2019.04.01)

Kaoru Suzuki, group leader, was newly appointed as director of the Bioproduction Research Institute. Hideyuki Tamaki returned from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as group leader.

New member(2019.01.15)

Arisa Nishihara (postdoc) joined the research group.

New member(2018.11.01)

Ling Leng (postdoc) joined the research group.

Award(2018.07.13)

Hideyuki Tamaki received the JSME Young Scientist Award for his research in "Investigation of uncharacterized and uncultured organisms through development of novel isolation techniques and metagenomics."
https://twitter.com/Microb_Ecology/status/1017629540716142593 https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jsmeja/33/2/33_71/_article/-char/ja

Award(2018.04.01)

Hideyuki Tamaki, Kyosuke Yamamoto, and Yoichi Kamagata received the 2017 AIST Best Paper Award for their research on “Methane production from coal by a single methanogen” (Science 354: 222-225) in collaboration with the AIST Research Institute for Geo-resources and Environment.
https://www.aist.go.jp/aist_j/aist_award/2017/abpa.html#no3

New member(2018.04.01)

Yusuke Okazaki (JSPS postdoctoral fellow) newly joined the group.

Personnel change(2018.04.01)

Kyosuke Yamamoto and Ryosuke Nakai were newly appointed as researchers in the Bioproduction Research Institute (AIST Hokkaido Center).

Award(2017.06.10)

Hideyuki Tamaki and Yoichi Kamagata received the ISMOS6 (6th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems) Best Poster Prize for their research on “Novel mode of methanogenesis by a methanogen isolated from a deep subsurface oil reservoir”.

Award(2017.05.27)

Manabu Kanno, Hideyuki Tamaki, and Yoichi Kamagata received the 18th International Symposium on the Biology of Actinomycetes (ISBA18) Poster Prize for their research on “Plant-associated Streptomycetes consume atmospheric H2 using a high-affinity hydrogenase”.

Spotlight article(2017.04.29)

Hiroyuki Kusada and Hideyuki Tamaki’s study published in Applied Environmental Microbiology was selected as a spotlight article.
Hiroyuki Kusada, Hideyuki Tamaki, Yoichi Kamagata, Satoshi Hanada, Nobutada Kimura: A Novel Quorum-Quenching N-Acylhomoserine Lactone Acylase from Acidovorax sp. Strain MR-S7 Mediates Antibiotic Resistance, Applied Environmental Microbiology 83: e00080-17 (2017), doi:10.1128/AEM.00080-17
https://www.jst.go.jp/erato/nomura/details/spot20171117.html

News(2017.04.01)

Shigeyuki Kakizawa was appointed as a program adviser for a Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies program (Artificial Cell Reactor Technology for an Enriched and Secure Society and New Bioengineering directed by Hiroyuki Noji).
http://www.jst.go.jp/impact/noji/group/

New members(2017.04.01)

Kaoru Suzuki, deputy director of the Bioproduction Research Institute, was jointly appointed as group leader. Masaru K. Nobu (researcher), Shota Suenami (postdoc), Soutaro Takano (postdoc), and Sachiko Sakamoto (Tsukuba University PhD student) joined the group.

Award(2016.10.25)

Manabu Kanno, Hideyuki Tamaki, and Yoichi Kamagata received the JSME MVP award for their research on “Symbiosis woven by atmospheric hydrogen: ecology of hydrogen-consuming plant symbionts”.
http://www.microbial-ecology.jp/meeting/JSME2016/award_poster.html

Press release(2016.10.14)

Hideyuki Tamaki, Kyosuke Yamamoto, and Yoichi Kamagata had a press release titled “Discovery of a methanogen that can convert coal to methane” for their research on methanogenesis from coal-associated methoxylated aromatic compounds (in collaboration with the AIST Research Institute for Geo-resources and Environment) published in Science.
http://www.aist.go.jp/aist_j/press_release/pr2016/pr20161014/pr20161014.html

Award(2016.06.12)

Manabu Kanno, Hideyuki Tamaki, and Yoichi Kamagata received the JSSM2016 Best Poster Award for their research on "Symbiosis between plants and Actinomycetes capable of high-affinity hydrogen oxidization: impact of atmospheric hydrogen on plant symbiosis".
http://jssm.sakura.ne.jp/taikai/2016/2016_posteraward.html

News(2016.4.26)

Ryo Miyazaki received the Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Grant with Philipp Engel (University of Lausanne) and Alvaro Sanchez (Yale University).
http://www.aist.go.jp/aist_j/news/au20160427.html

New group member(2016.04.01)

Hirokazu Yano (postdoc) joined the research group.

Award(2016.03.29)

Hiroyuki Kusada, Yoichi Kamagata, and Hideyuki Tamaki received a JSBBA2016 Topics Award for their research on “Uncovering the phylogeny and physiology of novel type II diabetes-inducing organisms”.
https://jsbba.bioweb.ne.jp/jsbba2016/index.php?btn2_move=on&topics=1

Award(2016.02.04)

Hiroyuki Kusada, Yoichi Kamagata, and Hideyuki Tamaki received a Pioneering Research Award at the Science Academy in Tsukuba (SAT) Technology Showcase 2016 for their research on “Uncovering the phylogeny and physiology of novel type II diabetes-inducing organisms”.

Member returned from abroad(2015.12.01)

Kyosuke Yamamoto returned from research abroad at Massey University, New Zealand.

New project(2015.12.01)

Ryo Miyazaki and Hideyuki Tamaki joined the JST-ERATO Nomura Microbial Community Control Project.
http://www.jst.go.jp/erato/nomura/

Personnel changes(2015.04.01)

Yoichi Kamagata, director general of the AIST Hokkaido Center, was newly appointed as deputy director general of the AIST Department of Life Science and Biotechnology.

Award(2015.03.28)

Satoshi Tamazawa, Yoichi Kamagata, and Hideyuki Tamaki received a JSBBA2015 Topics Award for their research on “Isolation and characterization of a novel Fe(III)-reducing bacterium in the phylum Deferribacteres from deep subsurface oil reservoir”.
https://jsbba.bioweb.ne.jp/jsbba2015/index.php?btn2_move=on&topics=1

Member returned from abroad(2014.1.27)

Takashi Narihiro returned from a visiting position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Personnel changes(2014.12.01)

Yukie Miyamoto has moved to the compliance office (joint position with this group).

Lab members have been updated(2014.04.01)

Dr. Yoichi Kamagata is appointed Director of Hokkaido Center, AIST.
Dr. Nobutada Kimura is appointed group leader.
Dr. Tetsuya Okuda has joined our research group as a senior scientist.
Dr. Kyoko Yoneda has joined our research group as a postdoc.
Dr. Hiroyuki Kusada become a posdoc.

Lab members have been updated(2013.04.01)

Dr. Ryo Miyazaki has joined our research group as a researcher.
Dr. Kyosuke Yamamoto has become a JSPS Research Fellow.
Dr. Satoshi Tamazawa has joined our research group as a postdoc.


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