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Biodiversity II: Algal and Protist Systematics

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Biodiversity II: Algal and Plotist Systematics

The algae consist of seaweeds and microscopic plants – microalgae. The seaweeds, the common term applied to multicellular marine benthic algae, include green, brown and red forms and are also called macroalgae.  The Hokkaido University library is a rich repository of resources on algal taxonomy, and our herbarium contains more than 100,000 seaweed specimens. Our laboratory is well equipped for microscopic observations, algal culture, DNA sequencing, and other techniques.The Division of Biodiversity is one of the best places in Japan to study both macroalgal and microalgal diversity.

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Faculties

堀口 健雄 / Horiguchi Takeo
Professor

Horiguchi Takeo / 堀口 健雄

Fields of Specialty
Systematics of algae and protozoa
Website
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Research Contents
I am interested in the taxonomy and phylogeny of microalgae and protists, including dinoflagellates. We study the biodiversity and evolution of these micro-organisms from various habitats. Although these are unicellular organisms, their cellular organization is extremely complex, and they are thus suitable for studying cellular evolution. In this regard, we investigate the endosymbiotic origins of chloroplasts and eyespots in dinoflagellates.
小亀一弘 / Kogame Kazuhiro
Professor

Kogame Kazuhiro / 小亀一弘

Fields of Specialty
Taxonomy, phylogeny, and evolution of seaweeds
Website
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Research Contents
My research interests include the diversity of seaweeds, especially their phylogeny, evolution and speciation. I study on the diversity of seaweeds by morphological observation, molecular technique and crossing experiment and revise the classification system or describe a new species.
阿部剛史 / Abe Tsuyoshi
Lecturer

Abe Tsuyoshi / 阿部剛史

Fields of Specialty
Taxonomy, phylogeny, and evolution of seaweeds
Website
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Research Contents
My research interests are seaweed diversity in Japanese waters. The adjoining waters, Southeastern Asia and Russian Far East, are also my fields. Chemotaxonomical studies on the red algal genus Laurencia are mainly carried out. Most species in this genus produces specific brominated chemical compounds which have antibacterial activities.

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