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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

Cellulose Production Research Team

Team Leader: Keiichi Mochida (Ph.D.)
Keiichi  Mochida(Ph.D.)

Our team aims to develop plants with improvements in the quantitative and qualitative productivity of cellulosic biomass. By using model grass, we carry out gene discovery to improve biomass productivity and adaptively to environmental changes in plants. Furthermore, we are promoting applied researches for plants for biomass resources in collaboration with universities and institutes.

Main Research Field


Related Research Fields

Informatics / Agricultural sciences

Research Subjects

  • Elucidation of molecular mechanisms of higher productivity in allopolyploid and its application to increase plant biomass production
  • Identification of useful genes for improving biomass productivity in grasses
  • Enhancement of cellulosic biomass by rational modification of the sugar metabolism system in grasses

Selected Publications

  1. Onda, Y., Hashimoto, K., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., Sawada, Y., Yokota Hirai, M., Toyooka, K., Mochida, K., Shinozaki, K.:
    "Determination of growth stages and metabolic profiles in Brachypodium distachyon for comparison of developmental context with Triticeae crops."
    Proc. R. Soc. B 282, 20150964 (2015).
  2. Onda, Y., Mochida, K., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., Seymour, R.S., Umekawa, Y., Pirintsos, S.A., Shinozaki, K., and Ito, K.:
    "Transcriptome analysis of thermogenic Arum concinnatum reveals the molecular components of floral scent production."
    Sci Rep. Mar 4;5:8753(2015).
  3. Miyazaki, Y., Maruyama, Y., Chiba, Y., Kobayashi, M.J., Joseph, B., Shimizu, K.K., Mochida, K., Hiura, T., Kon, H., and Satake, A.:
    "Nitrogen as a key regulator of flowering in Fagus crenata: understanding the physiological mechanism of masting by gene expression analysis."
    Ecol Lett. Oct;17(10):1299-1309 (2014) .
  4. Mochida, K., Uehara-Yamaguchi, Y., Takahashi, F., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., and Shinozaki, K.
    "Large-Scale Collection and Analysis of Full-Length cDNAs from Brachypodium distachyon and Integration with Pooideae Sequence Resources."
    PLoS One. Oct 9;8(10) (2013).
  5. Sakurai, T.+, Mochida K.+, Yoshida, T., Akiyama, K., Ishitani, M., Seki, M., and Shinozaki, K.:
    "Genome-wide discovery and information resource development of DNA polymorphisms in cassava."
    PLoS One. Sep 11;8(9):e74056. (2013). (+These authors equally contributed to this work)
  6. Yamazaki, M.+, Mochida, K.+, Asano, T., Nakabayashi, R., Chiba, M., Udomson, N., Yamazaki, Y., Goodenowe, D.B., Sankawa, U., Yoshida, T., Toyoda, A., Totoki, Y., Sakaki, Y., Góngora-Castillo, E., Buell, C.R., Sakurai, T., Saito, K.:
    "Coupling deep transcriptome analysis with untargeted metabolic profiling in Ophiorrhiza pumila to further the understanding of the biosynthesis of the anti-cancer alkaloid camptothecin and anthraquinones."
    Plant Cell Physiol. May;54(5):686-96(2013). (+These authors equally contributed to this work)
  7. Mochida, K., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, K., Shinozaki, K. and *Tran, L.S.:
    "TreeTFDB: an integrative database of the transcription factors from six economically important tree crops for functional predictions and comparative and functional genomics."
    DNA Res. 20,151-62(2013)
  8. Mochida, K., Uehara-Yamaguchi, Y., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T. and Shinozaki, K.:
    "Global landscape of a co-expressed gene network in barley and its application to gene discovery in Triticeae crops."
    Plant Cell Physiol, 52, 785-803 (2011).
  9. Mochida, K., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, K., Shinozaki, K. and Tran, L.S.:
    "LegumeTFDB: an integrative database of Glycine max, Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula transcription factors."
    Bioinformatics, 26, 290-291. (2010)
  10. Mochida, K., Yoshida, T., Sakurai, T., Ogihara, Y. and Shinozaki, K.:
    "TriFLDB: a database of clustered full-length coding sequences from Triticeae with applications to comparative grass genomics."
    Plant Physiol, 150, 1135-1146 (2009)

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Keiichi Mochida
Team Leader

Core Members

Tadamasa Sasaki
Research Scientist
Yoshihiko Onda
Research Scientist
Yusuke Kouzai
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
Minami Shimizu
Technical Staff II
Yukiko Uehara
Technical Staff II
Komaki Inoue
Technical Staff II

Contact information

1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan
Fax: +81-(0)45-503-9182

Email: keiichi.mochida [at]

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