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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


・2017: Incentive Award for Young Researchers, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology

Selected papers and publications

・Yamakawa, S., K. Ohyama, W. Yamori and T. Suzuki (2018) Effects of anoxia and hypoxia on the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology (accepted for publication).
・Bensoussan, N., V. Zhurov, S. Yamakawa, C.H. O'Neil, T. Suzuki, M. Grbic and V. Grbic (2018) The digestive system of the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, in the context of the mite-plant interaction. Frontiers in Plant Science 9, 1206.
・Yoshioka, Y., T. Gotoh and T. Suzuki (2018) UV-B susceptibility and photoreactivation in embryonic development of the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae. Experimental and Applied Acarology 75, 155-166.
・Suzuki T, Nunes MA, España MU, Namin HH, Jin P, Bensoussan N, Zhurov V, Rahman T, De Clercq R, Hilson P, Grbic V and Grbic M (2017) RNAi-based reverse genetics in the chelicerate model Tetranychus urticae: A comparative analysis of five methods for gene silencing. PLoS ONE, e0180654
・Suzuki T, España MU, Nunes MA, Zhurov V, Dermauw W, Osakabe M, Van Leeuwen T, Grbic M and Grbic V (2017) Protocols for the delivery of small molecules to the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae. PLoS ONE 12, e0180658.
・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, 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

Agricultural pests cause estimated crop losses of ~30% despite pest control measures, causing a major bottleneck in food production. To reduce this bottleneck, we focus on the hard-to-control spider mites, using genetic and environmental engineering techniques to develop novel control applications. Three applications are currently under development: RNAi-based pesticides; controlling the orientation behavior; and environmental simulator toward pre-field system. We aim to enhance sustainable integrated pest management. 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.