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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. Yusuke Kouzai, Minami Shimizu, Komaki Inoue, Yukiko Uehara-Yamaguchi, Kotaro Takahagi, Risa Nakayama, Takakazu Matsuura, Izumi C Mori, Takashi Hirayama,Sobhy S H Abdelsalam, Yoshiteru Noutoshi, Keiichi Mochida.:
    "BdWRKY38 is required for the incompatible interaction of Brachypodium distachyon with the necrotrophic fungus Rhizoctonia solani."
    The Plant J.(2020)
  • 2. Keiichi Mochida, Alexander E Lipka, Takashi Hirayama.:
    "Exploration of Life-Course Factors Influencing Phenotypic Outcomes in Crops."
    Plant Cell Physiol 61,1381.(2020)
  • 3. Keiichi Mochida, Ryuei Nishii, Takashi Hirayama.:
    Decoding Plant-Environment Interactions That Influence Crop Agronomic Traits.
    Plant Cell Physiol 61,1408.(2020)
  • 4. Toshihisa Nomura, Komaki Inoue, Yukiko Uehara-Yamaguchi, Koji Yamada, Osamu Iwata, Kengo Suzuki, Keiichi Mochida.:
    "Highly efficient transgene-free targeted mutagenesis and single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide-mediated precise knock-in in the industrial microalga Euglena gracilis using Cas9 ribonucleoproteins."
    Plant Biotechnol.J 17,2032.(2019)
  • 5. Onda Y, Inoue K, Sawada Y, Shimizu M, Takahagi K, Uehara-Yamaguchi Y, Hirai MY, Garvin DF, Mochida K.:
    "Genetic Variation for Seed Metabolite Levels in Brachypodium distachyon."
    Int. J. Mol. Sci 20,9.(2019)
  • 6. 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)
  • 7. 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)
  • 8. 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)
  • 9. 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)
  • 10. 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)

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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
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