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Introduction of our tenure-track faculties

Suzuki Takeshi

Affiliation Organization for Promotion of Tenure-track System / Institute of Agriculture
Division Division of Sciences for Biological System
Research field Plant Acarology, Insect Physiology, Environmental Control Engineering
Keyword(S) Environmental Response, IPM, RNAi
Research experience

・2008-2009: JSPS Research Fellow (DC2), Kobe University
・2009-2010: JSPS Research Fellow (PD), Kobe University
・2010: JSPS Excellent Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program, Visiting Scholar, Aristotole University of Thessaloniki
・2010-2013: JSPS Research Fellow (PD), Chiba University
・2013-2014: Part-Time Researcher, Ibaraki University
・2014-2015: JSPS Postdoctral Fellow for Research Abroad, The University of Western Ontario
・2015-Present: Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Educational background

・2004: BSc in Agriculture, Chiba University
・2006: MSc in Agriculture, Chiba University
・2009: PhD in Agriculture, Kobe University

Selected papers and publications

・Suzuki T, Wang CH, Gotoh T, Amano H and Ohyama K (2015) Deoxidant-induced anoxia as a physical measure for controlling spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology 65, 293-305.
・Suzuki T, Yoshioka Y, Tsarsitalidou O, Ntalia V, Ohno S, Ohyama K, Kitashima Y, Gotoh T, Takeda M and Koveos DS (2014) An LED-based UV-B irradiation system for tiny organisms: System description and demonstration experiment to determine the hatchability of eggs from four Tetranychus spider mite species from Okinawa. Journal of Insect Physiology 62, 1-10.
・Suzuki T, Kojima T, Takeda M and Sakuma M (2013) Photo-orientation regulates seasonal habitat selection in the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae. Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 977-983.
・Suzuki T, Ghazy NA, Amano H and Ohyama K (2012) A high-performance humidity control system for tiny animals: demonstration of its usefulness in testing egg hatchability of the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae. Experimental and Applied Acarology 58, 101-110.
・Suzuki T, Shah M, Ghazy NA, Takeda M, Amano H and Ohyama K (2011) An improved space-saving system for testing photoperiodic responses of insects and mites: its use in diapause experiments for the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology 46, 449-454.
・Suzuki T, Watanabe M and Takeda M (2009) UV tolerance in the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae. Journal of Insect Physiology 55, 649-654.

Research Description

The world population reached 7.3 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 (United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision). To feed this future population, food production must increase by more than 70% over 2005–2007 levels (OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2009–2018). However, agricultural pests cause estimated crop losses of 26%–40% despite pest control measures (Oerke, 2006), causing a major bottleneck in food production. To reduce this bottleneck, we focus on the hard-to-control spider mites, using environmental and genetic engineering techniques to develop novel control applications. Three applications are currently under development: disturbance of pest mite behavior by using artificial light sources; long-term storage of natural enemies by air conditioning; and in vivo RNAi screening of target genes for pest control. We aim to develop novel measures and to improve conventional measures for controlling spider mites, to enhance integrated pest management, and to expand integrated pest management to integrated biodiversity management in agroecosystems. By combining agricultural and engineering approaches, we are pursuing the goal of sustainable management of agricultural pests to increase food production

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About TUAT's tenure-track program

When I applied to the tenure-track program, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. The online application process was beneficial for applicants from abroad such as myself. The well-organized work environment provided by the program allows researchers to focus on both their own and collaborative studies without pressure. The program offers an excellent opportunity for young principal investigators to conduct research. I look forward to collaborating with students and staff with flexible and multidisciplinary ideas. In addition to the program’s fruitful work environment and start-up funds, I am grateful to my mentor professor, faculty members, administrative staff, and research collaborators.

Future aspirations

Our lab is located in the Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering (BASE) building on the Koganei campus. BASE’s aim of collaboration between agricultural science and engineering fits with our lab’s philosophy. I would like to build on the fortunate opportunity of being part of BASE by collaboratively conducting unique and exciting research projects.