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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Bioproductivity Informatics Research Team

Team Leader: Keiichi Mochida (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

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 Fields

  • Biology

Related Research Fields

  • Informatics
  • Agricultural Sciences


  • Genome
  • Bioinformatics
  • Increase plant biomass production
  • Grasses
  • Genome polyploidy

Selected Publications

  • 1.Mochida K, Koda S, Inoue K, Hirayama T, Tanaka S, Nishii R, Melgani F.:
    “Computer vision-based phenotyping for improvement of plant productivity: a machine learning perspective.”
    Gigascience 1;8(1).(2019)
  • 2.Mochida K, Koda S, Inoue K, Nishii R.:
    “Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches to Predict Gene Regulatory Networks From Transcriptome Datasets.”
    Front Plant Sci 29;9:1770.(2018)
  • 3.Kouzai Y, Noutoshi Y, Inoue K, Shimizu M, Onda Y, Mochida K.:
    “Benzothiadiazole, a plant defense inducer, negatively regulates sheath blight resistance in Brachypodium distachyon.”
    Sci Rep 26;8(1):17358.(2018)
  • 4.Takahagi K, Inoue K, Mochida K.:
    “Gene Co-expression Network Analysis Suggests the Existence of Transcriptional Modules Containing a High Proportion of Transcriptionally Differentiated Homoeologs in Hexaploid Wheat.”
    Front Plant Sci 8;9:1163.(2018)
  • 5.Onda Y, Takahagi K, Shimizu M, Inoue K, Mochida K.:
    “Multiplex PCR Targeted Amplicon Sequencing (MTA-Seq): Simple, Flexible, and Versatile SNP Genotyping by Highly Multiplexed PCR Amplicon Sequencing.”
    Front Plant Sci 23;9:201.(2018)
  • 6.Takahagi K, Inoue K, Shimizu M, Uehara-Yamaguchi Y, Onda Y, Mochida K.:
    “Homoeolog-specific activation of genes for heat acclimation in the allopolyploid grass Brachypodium hybridum.”
    Gigascience 1;7(4).(2018)
  • 7.Mochida K, Shinozaki K.:
    “Information Resources for Functional Genomics Studies in Brachypodium distachyon.”
    Methods Mol Biol 1667:87-99.(2017)
  • 8.Kouzai Y, Kimura M, Watanabe M, Kusunoki K, Osaka D, Suzuki T, Matsui H, Yamamoto M, Ichinose Y, Toyoda K, Matsuura T, Mori IC, Hirayama T, Minami E, Nishizawa Y, Inoue K, Onda Y, Mochida K, Noutoshi Y.:
    “Salicylic acid‐dependent immunity contributes to resistance against Rhizoctonia solani, a necrotrophic fungal agent of sheath blight, in rice and Brachypodium distachyon.”
    New Phytol 217(2):771-783.(2017)
  • 9.Mochida K, Sakurai T, Seki H, Yoshida T, Takahagi K, Sawai S, Uchiyama H, Muranaka T, Saito K.:
    “Draft genome assembly and annotation of Glycyrrhiza uralensis, a medicinal legume.”
    Plant J 89(2):181-194.(2016)
  • 10.Takahagi K, Uehara-Yamaguchi Y, Yoshida T, Sakurai T, Shinozaki K, Mochida K, Saisho D.:
    “Analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms based on RNA sequencing data of diverse bio-geographical accessions in barley.”
    Sci Rep 6(6):33199.(2016)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Keiichi Mochida
Team Leader

Core members

Toshihisa Nomura
Research Scientist
Yusuke Kouzai
Research Scientist
Minami Shimizu
Technical Staff II
Yukiko Uehara
Technical Staff II
Komaki Inoue
Technical Staff II
Asaka Kanatani
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] riken.jp