Faculty of Agriculture,Yamagata University

Department of Bioproduction

Global population and food problem that would become intensified in our future due to explosive population growth and decrease of arable land have been a matter of growing concern. Moreover, human activities including agriculture have enhanced the burden of the environment and led to deterioration in its quality. For that reason, future agriculture is required to build efficient farm production system and appropriate distribution system and, at the same time creates sustainable production technologies regarding conservation of the global environment.
This department aims at setting up a new paradigm of agricultural production essential for human beings to create real affluent society next millennium. It pursues education and researches, both theoretically and practically, to establish efficient and sustainable production system in which agriculture is in harmony with natural environment, and appropriate distribution system of farm products.

Research of  flooded rice

Section of Agricultural Production

This Section covers the study fields as follows : Sciences of crops, fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and plant propagation ; Livestock production ; Farm management and agricultural economics. Theoretical and applied studies focus on the physiology and ecology of the relationships between growth and environment in plants, including food crops such as rice, fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, and also focus on their utilization and application for human life. In addition, the students will learn about the breeding and nutritional physiology of livestock, ranging from laboratory animals to large animals such as cattle. The students will also study the social and economical aspects of farm management and farm product marketing

Section of Agricultural Ecology and Engineering

An agricultural ecosystem consists of many factors including water, soil, microorganisms, plants, and animals. Organisms in the system are affected by their biotic and abiotic environment. In general, an agro-ecosystem is different from a natural ecosystem because the agricultural ecosystem has been manipulated by human beings. This has resulted in a lot of environmental issues surrounding this kind of system. At the moment, there are a lot of attention concerning methods that could be used in sustainable agriculture, especially in ways to alleviate the loads on agricultural environments.
This Section was established in 1998 as a new Section to contribute significantly to discoveries in many research fields in terms of sustainable agriculture. Therefore, in this section, agricultural ecology and engineering have been integrated with theoretical and field work studies to create new agricultural technologies regarding conservation of the agricultural environment. This Section includes Edaphology Field physics, Hydrology, Agro-ecosystem, Agricultural machinery, Agricultural structure, Plant pathology, and Animal ecology, and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of agricultural ecosystems by bringing together people with similar research interests. In this way a significant contribution to create the new technologies in terms of sustainable agriculture is being made.

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