[Workshop 5]
Perspectives of Metagenomics in Agricultural Research


Date: October 6 (Tue) 9:00|17:00
October 7 (Wed) 9:00 - 12:00
Venue: Epochal Tsukuba


The rapid advancement of today's molecular biological techniques brought a new frontier of science, metagenomics. The new analytical approaches using DNA or RNA extracted directly from the environment enable us to access the genome (metagenome) or its transcripts (metatranscriptome) of all microorganisms inhabiting in the environment. The information obtained from these approches will reveal more precise figure of biodiversity and much more useful functions of microorganisms in the environment than those obtained from previously cultured microorganisms. Especially, soil metagenomics expect to give us such useful information concerning agriculture.

Since 2006 we have studied biodiversity in agricultural field soils and gene expression of microorganisms in soil for a project of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. We would like to introduce new approaches of soil metagenomics in our study for agriculture.

In this workshop, the researchers who have made remarkable achievements by the metagenomic or metatranscriptomic approach will be invited from all over the world and future of metagenomics for agricultural research will be discussed.


Seiya Tsushima and Takeshi Fujii

Oral Session (Invited speakers only)

October 6 (Tue) 9:00-17:00

  1. Towards global understanding of crop-associated microbial communities: Community shifts in soybean-associated microbes by host nodulation genotypes and nitrogen applications [PDF]
    Kiwamu Minamisawa, Tohoku University, Japan
  2. Multiple Approaches to Identify Key Players in Denitrification in Rice Paddy Soil [PDF]
    Keishi Senoo, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  3. Structure and Activity of Bacterial and Archaeal Community Inhabiting Rice Roots and Rhizosphere [PDF]
    Yahai Lu, China Agricultural University, China
  4. Studies of Diversity and Functions of Soil Microbes and Nematodes in NIAES Using Nucleic Acids Extracted from Soil [PDF]
    Takeshi Fujii, National Institute for Agro-environmental Sciences, Japan
  5. The Distribution of TonB-Dependent Receptors in Nitrogen-fixing Nodulating Bacteria [PDF]
    Boon Leong Lim, University of Hong Kong, China
  6. The Metagenomics of Disease-Suppressive Soils [PDF]
    Jan Dirk van Elsas, University of Groningen, The Netherland
  7. Metagenome analysis using a comprehensive microarray, GioChip
    Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma, USA
  8. Functional profiling of the human gut microbiome by metagenomics [PDF]
    Masahira Hattori, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  9. Metagenomic Analysis on the Rhizosphere Soil Microbiome [PDF]
    Yusuke Unno, Takuro Shinano, National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region, Japan
  10. TerraGenome: An International Public Consortium for the Complete Sequencing of a Reference Soil Metagenome [PDF]
    Pascal Simonet, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
  11. Pyrosequencing enumerates and contrasts soil microbial diversity
    Eric W. Triplett, University of Florida, USA

October 7 (Wed) 9:00 - 12:00

  1. Stable in Community Structure, but Variable in Metabolic Activity of Methanogen in Paddy Field Soil [PDF]
    Takeshi Watanabe, Nagoya University, Japan
  2. Genetic Analysis of Early Soil Ecosystem: Thinking the Microbial Community and Metabolisms of the Miyake-Jma 2000-y Volcanic Deposit [PDF]
    Hiroyuki Ohta, Ibaraki University, Japan
  3. Bacterial genes specifically induced in soil environment [PDF]
    Masataka Tsuda, Tohoku Univertsity, Japan
  4. Gene expression of a PCB degrading bacterium in soil
    Masao Fukuda, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

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