There are a lot of useful microorganisms which do not have any toxicity and pathogenicity, and these microorganisms have been applied to production of fermentative foods, alcoholic beverages, medicines, and raw materials for commodity chemicals, as well as sewage purification, for long time. The Laboratory of Applied Microbiology in Utsunomiya University has been studying on application of such microorganisms especially to production of valuable raw materials and to bio-sensing of heavy metals in polluted water, using biochemical, molecular biological, and microbiological strategies.

Prof. UEDA, Shunsaku

TEL/FAX: 81-28-649-5475

E-mail: uedashun(at)

Research subjects

  • Microbial conversion of cellulosic and starch wastes to environmentally-friendly bio-polyesters
  • Extracellular production of cellulases in transgenic Bacillus megaterium for the production of polyesters
  • Biochemical analyses of intracellular and extracellular enzymes responsible for biodegradation of polyesters
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    Evaluation of intensity of the sensor signal in the dimethylsulfide sensor cells grown under different conditions. (+) and (-) mean the presence and absence of dimethylsulfide.

    Assoc. Prof. MAEDA, Isamu

    TEL/FAX: 81-28-649-5477

    E-mail: i-maeda(at)

    Research subjects

  • Development of microbial whole-cell biosensors using conversion of carotenoid pigments for detection of heavy metals in water samples
  • Development of biosensors consisting of the heavy metal sensor protein-promoter DNA complex for detection of heavy metals
  • Biochemical analyses of yeast peroxisomal thioesterase for understanding its physiological roles in a process of fatty acid b-oxidation

  • MAIL TO: Department of Bioproductive Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Utsunomiya University
    350 Minemachi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8505, Japan

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