Professor, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University, Japan

He got his PhD from the Tohoku University, Japan. Now he is an appointment of the director of Experiment Farm of the University and he is also an Editor in Chief of Grassland Science. Earlier in his career, he worked on the breeding of improved forage crops such as white clover, perennial ryegrass, orchardgrass at several Research Stations controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [Morioka city, Nagasaka town (Yamanashi), and Sapporo] before his appointment to the Experiment Farm.

At the Hokkaido University, his research has focused on the breeding and cultivation of bioenergy crops, especially species of the grass Miscanthus. Since 2005, his research has aimed to establish efficient and low cost feedstock biomass production for cool environments like those found in Hokkaido. His recent research activity on energy crop Miscanthus has been carried out in the international collaborative studies with some international partners such as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA. He has published over 100 English peer review papers, released over 10 varieties of forage crops and written or edited over 10 English scientific books.

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