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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Gene Discovery Research Group

Group Director: Kazuo Shinozaki (D.Sci.)

Research Summary

Kazuo  Shinozaki(D.Sci.)

Our group is discovering plant genes of which functions are linked to quantitative improvements in plants and those with new functions for minimizing the effects of the environmental stresses to achieve maximum productivity. Other targets of research include not only genes that respond to environmental changes and stimuli and adaptation but also genes involved in photosynthesis and productions of useful metabolites. Our group explores key genes involved in improved productivity and abiotic stress tolerance based on genomics including transcriptome and metabolome analyses, and are analyzing regulatory factors and signaling factors involved in the control of gene expression in response to abiotic environmental stresses. We also explore genes involved in metabolic regulation for the improvement plant productivity.

Main Research Fields

  • Biology

Related Research Fields

  • Agricultural Sciences


  • Environmental stress
  • Biomass
  • Reverse genetics
  • Comparative genomics

Selected Publications

  • 1. Maruyama K, Urano K, Kusano M, Sakurai T, Takasaki H, Kishimoto M, Yoshiwara K, Kobayashi M, Kojima M, Sakakibara H, Saito K, Shinozaki K.:
    "Metabolite/phytohormone-gene regulatory networks in soybean organs under dehydration conditions revealed by integration analysis
    Plant J, 103 197-211 (2020)
  • 2. Kidokoro S, Kim J S, Ishikawa T, Suzuki T, Shinozaki K, Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K.:
    "DREB1A/CBF3 is repressed by transgene-induced DNA methylation in the Arabidopsis ice1-1 mutant"
    Plant Cell, (2020)
  • 3. Takahashi F, Shinozaki K.:
    "Long-distance signaling in plant stress response."
    Curr Opin Plant Biol. 47:106-111 (2019)
  • 4. Sato H, Takasaki H, Takahashi F, Suzuki T, Iuchi S, Mitsuda N, Ohme-Takagi M, Ikeda M, Seo M;
    "Arabidopsis thaliana NGATHA1 transcription factor induces ABA biosynthesis by activating NCED3 gene during dehydration stress"
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115 E11178-E11187 (2018)
  • 5. Fujita M, Tanabata T, Urano K, Kikuchi S, Shinozaki K.:
    "A Plant Phenotyping System for Quantitative Evaluation of Growth under Controlled Environmental Stress Conditions"
    Plant Cell Physiol, 59 2030-2038 (2018)
  • 6. Kuromori, T., Seo, M.and Shinozaki, K.:
    " ABA Transport and Plant Water Stress Responses"
    Trends Plant Sci, 23 513-522 (2018)
  • 7. Takahashi, F., Suzuki, T., Osakabe, Y., Betsuyaku, S., Kondo, Y., Dohmae, N., Fukuda, H., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, K.and Shinozaki, K.:
    "A small peptide modulates stomatal control via abscisic acid in long-distance signalling,"
    Nature,556 235-238 (2018)
  • 8. Kim, J. S., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, K. and Shinozaki, K.:
    "ER-Anchored Transcription Factors bZIP17 and bZIP28 Regulate Root Elongation."
    Plant Physiol,176 2221-2230 (2018)
  • 9. Selvaraj, M. G., Ishizaki, T., Valencia, M., Ogawa, S., Dedicova, B., Ogata, T., Yoshiwara, K., Maruyama, K., Kusano, M., Saito, K., Takahashi, F., Shinozaki, K., Nakashima, K.,Ishitani, M.:
    "Overexpression of an Arabidopsis thaliana galactinol synthase gene improves drought tolerance in transgenic rice and increased grain yield in the field.
    Plant Biotechnol J, 15, 1465-1477 (2017)
  • 10. Urano, K., Maruyama, K., Jikumaru, Y., Kamiya, Y., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, K. and Shinozaki,K.:
    " Analysis of plant hormone profiles in response to moderate dehydration stress."
    The Plant journal, 90, 17-36 (2017)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Kazuo Shinozaki
Group Director

Core members

Takashi Kuromori
Senior Research Scientist
Miki Fujita
Senior Scientist
Kaoru Urano
Research Scientist
Yukiko Kamide
Technical Staff I
Saho Mizukado
Technical Staff II
Eriko Sugimoto
Technical Staff II
Fuyuko Shimoda
Technical Staff II

Contact Information

314 Research Building (2nd Phase),
3-1-1 Koyadai,
Tsukuba, Ibaraki,
305-0074 Japan

2F S201 Sustainable Resource Science Building,
2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama,
351-0198 Japan

Tsukuba +81-(0)29-836-4359
Wako +81-(0)48-467-9449

Tsukuba +81-(0)29-836-9060
Wako +81-(0)48-462-4617
Email: kazuo.shinozaki [at] riken.jp