Kobe Univeristy Research 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.

Reseach Groups
KAWAI's lab home
MURAKAMI's lab home
Kobe University Macroalgal Culture Collection `KU-MACC


The Marine Site of KURCIS has been registered as one of the core-sites of JaLTER(Japan Long-Term Ecological Research Network) since JaLTER is established. JaLTER officially has joined in ILTEA (International LTER), the networks of LTER on August 2007 .

We held a training course of the Open Marine Field Course suppoting for one of the JICA's prorpject.

"Open Marine Field Course "was held on August 12th-16th at our Marine site.

2007/04/11 KURCIS belongs to the Organization of Advanced Science and Technology Kobe Univeristy from April 1st 2007.

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