Kobe University Reseach Center for Inland Seas
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,
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.