- Institute of Algological Research
name = Institute of Algological Research (Japanese: 北海道大学北方生物圏フィールド科学センター水圏ステーション室蘭)
established = 1933
undergrad = 10
postgrad = 3
PhDs = 2
faculty = 3
website = [http://bio2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/bio/kaisou/home.html]
The Institute of Algological Research (sometimes referred to as Muroran Marine Station, or Northern Hemisphere Field Station) in
Muroran, is one of the oldest research institutes for Phycologyresearch in Japan. Institute of Algological Research is located in the town of Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japanand is involved in research leading to MS and PhD degrees in Phycology. Graduate students are often registered with Hokkaido University.
The Institute of Algological Research was founded in 1933.
Coastal zone surrounding the institute has one of the largest seaweed biodiversity in Japan, with over 200 species of macroalgae. The
intertidalrocky shore is covered with luxuriant growth of seaweeds belonging to such diverse genera as Ulvophyseae, Rhodophyseaeand Phaeophyseae. The close proximity to this very diverse natural habitat makes Institute of Algological Research, one of the most prominent Phycological research institute in the world.
Faculty and Research
* [http://bio2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/bio/kaisou/motomura.html Taizo Motomura] (Working on Spindle formation in Brown algal zygotes)
* [http://bio2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/bio/kaisou/yotsukura.html Yotsukura Norishige] (Working on Mitosis and
Cytokinesisin Brown Algae).
* [http://bio2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/bio/kaisou/Naga.html Chikako Nagasato] ] (Working on
taxonomyand ecophysiologyof Laminariales)
Usa Marine Biological Instituteis a similar research facility located in Usa cho, Japan.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutionis also a similar oceanographic facility located at Woods Holein Massachusetts.
Friday Harbor Laboratoriesin the USAalso conducts similar research in Marine Biology.
Motomura, T. and Nagasato, C. (2003) The first spindle formation in brown algal zygotes. Hydrobiologia (in press).
Nagasato, C. and Motomura, T. (2002) New pyrenoid formation in the brown alga, Scytosiphon lomentaria (Scytosiphonales, Phaeophyceae). Journal of Phycology 38: 800-806.
Yotsukura, N., Kawai, T., Motomura, T. and Ichimura, T. (2001) Random amplified polymorphic DNA markers for three Japanese laminarian species. Fisheries Science 67:857-862.
* [http://bio2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/bio/kaisou/home.html Institute of Algological Research]
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