Mountain Comprehension Division

Mountain Comprehension Division

In the Mountain Comprehension Division, our activities work to deepen our understanding the natural environment in mountainous regions and its transitions from the past to present and into the future based on the fields of bioscience and earth science. Currently, the natural environment in mountainous regions is facing numerous environment issues, including climate change and biodiversity. In this division, we are engaged in educational research aimed at resolving these issues and the sustainable coexistence of nature and mankind.

Climate Change

  • Investigation scenery in the beech (Fagus crenata) forest
    Investigation scenery in the beech (Fagus crenata) forest

We are working on a broad range of issues related to climate change, including the fixed amount of carbon dioxide in the forests and its circulation, the melting of permafrost and soil erosion in Japan and around the world, and water resources and the water environment at the source areas in the mountains. We hope to provide knowledge that will be beneficial to understanding the climate and mountain environment relationship and methods for its management through these issues.


In terms of biodiversity, we are contributing to the understanding and development of its basic science through the elucidation of the genetic diversity of trees in the Asian region and the complex symbiotic pollination system between plants, pollinator, and microorganisms, the promotion of understanding the systematic taxonomy of fungi living in a various environments and the biocenology and genecologically of Lichenes, and by providing new knowledge regarding the systematic evolution and diversity of insects.

  • Germination of a spore of Phycomyces nitens (Mucoromycota)

  • Sporangiophore and spores of Phycomyces nitens (Mucoromycota)

  • Orphella sp. (Zoopagomycota, gut fungi of Plecoptera)

  • Punctelia borreri (Lichenized Ascomycota)

  • Budding cells of Metschnikowia sp.(Ascomycota, yeast)

  • Cladonia macilenta (Lichenized Ascomycota)

  • Cladonia macilenta (Lichenized Ascomycota)

  • Microstoma aggregatum (Ascomycota)

  • Rhopalomyces elegans (Zoopagomycota, nematoda trapping fungi)

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