Kobe University Reseach Center for Inland Seas

Marine Biodiversity


Algae are the principle primary producers in oceanic and coastal environments, and recent studies have revealed that the cellular organization of eukaryotic algae is the result of      
                                      endosymbiosis between protozoa and photosynthetic organisms, and that such symbiotic events have happened independently several times.
                                      Algae are evolutionarily quite diverse, but just one evolutionary line (the green algae) evolved into land plants.
                                     We are studying algal evolution, biodiversity and functions based on studies of morphology, genetics, photosynthesis, physiology, ecology, etc.
                                     We are also active in marine environmental conservation, such as restoration of seaweed beds and ecological surveys of coastlines that were polluted by the 1997 oil spill.

                                                                                      kawai's lab       murakami's lab