Apr 30, 2015

New Article: Sargassum fusiforme(ヒジキの光合成に関する論文)

Our lab's new paper was published from Phycologia!

We have reported the photosynthetic characteristics of an intertidal brown alga, Sargassum fusiforme, based on the in vitro and in situ measurements. Indeed, it was quite hard work SCUBA diving from before sunrise and through the sunset, but the data we collected were absolutely great. From the figures in our article, you can clearly see the characteristic decline of the effective quantum yield during the day and under strong irradiance.

Sargassum fusiforme ヒジキ

Shogo Kokubu, Gregory N. Nishihara, Yuki Watanabe, Yutaro Tsuchiya, Yuhei Amamo, and Ryuta Terada (2015) The effect of irradiance and temperature on the photosynthesis of a native alga Sargassum fusiforme (Fucales) from Kagoshima, Japan. Phycologia: 2015, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 235-247.


Please contact us via Researchgate, if you are not able to download it. We will be sending a pdf to you.

The episode of this research has also been reported in the following website.
International Phycological Society


Apr 27, 2015

Meeting in Shanghai

The 2nd International Symposium of Aquaculture and Fisheries Education (ISAFE2) was held last week at Shanghai Ocean University, China, and from our lab, Ryuta Terada was invited as a special session speaker.

Apr 19, 2015

Namalionopsis tortuosa(オキチモズクの調査)

A survey of freshwater red algae including Nemalionopsis tortuosa was carried out. This species can be found in shaded areas of irrigation canals; however, confirmed habitat is limited, and only around twenty sites have been recorded from Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa Islands. Presently, this species is registered as an endangered species by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Nemalionopsis tortuosa

Characteristic ecology and photosynthetic performance of this species were recently reported from our group. 

Fujimoto et al. 2014. Phenology, irradiance and temperature characteristics of a freshwater red alga, Nemalionopsis tortuosa (Thoreales), from Kagoshima, southern Japan. Phycological Research 62: 77-85

Volcanic rocky shore

Lab members including two newcomers conducted the field survey at the volcanic rocky shore.

カギイバラノリ Hypnea japonica

Apr 11, 2015

Leptofauchea leptophylla(桜島のトゲナシマダラ)

Introducing a rare species of the red alga, Leptofauchea leptophylla that can only be found in this spring period of Kagoshima Bay.
This is quite tiny but beautiful alga that can be found on the rocks at more than 10m deep.

Leptofauchea leptophylla
Leptofauchea leptophylla (Segawa) Suzuki, Nozaki, Terada, Kitayama, Hashimoto et Yoshizaki

Apr 10, 2015

The Islands of Kagoshima: Culture, Society, Industry and Nature, Second Edition

A new book was published.

Kawai, K., Terada, R., Kuwahara, S. (eds.)  The Islands of Kagoshima: Culture, Society, Industry and Nature, Second Edition. 158 pp., Hokuto-Shobo Publishing(北斗書房), Tokyo.
March 2015
ISBN: 978-4-89290-032-7
2,000 JPY excluding tax

It was the second edition that was originally published in 2013, and the new topic and data were included.


Apr 7, 2015



薩南諸島と近傍における温帯性および熱帯性海産顕花植物の分布.水産増殖60: 359-369DOI: 10.11233/aquaculturesci.60.359

Apr 5, 2015

Field laboratory class of Coastal Biodiversity(桜島での海洋多様性生物学実習)

Despite the Easter Sunday, we had an intensive field laboratory class of Coastal Biodiversity for undergraduate students.

An article of Meristotheca papulosa and Meristotheca coacta(トサカノリとキクトサカの論文)

Our article from Aquaculture Science that was published in 2012 is now available online with free of charge.

Lideman, Nishihara GN, Noro T, Terada R 2012. Effect of temperature and light on the photosynthetic performance of Meristotheca coacta Okamura and Meristotheca papulosa J. Agardh (Solieriaceae, Rhodophyta) from Japan. Aquaculture Science 60: 377-388.