May 10, 2017 We planted rice in the field.
May 1, 2017 Por from Thailand joined our lab. He will study heavy metal accumulation in rice.
April 11, 2017 Dr. Yamaji was awarded by The Young Scientists' Prize from MEXT.
April 5, 2017 We had Hanami in Sakatsu park (see gallery)
April 1, 2017 Yu En was enrolled as a Ph. D student in our lab.
March 1, 2017 Dr. Mitani was promoted to Associate Professor.
March 1, 2017 We had ten visitors from Institute of Soil Science, CAS, which was supported by JST Sakura Science Program (see gallery)
Dec 26, 2016 We had a year-end party and welcome party for Ding Guangda and Liu Xiangpei (see gallery)
Dec 22, 2016 Our paper on P transporter was published in Nature.
Dec 3-4, 2016 We organized an international workshop on soil-microbe-plant interaction in our institute (see gallery)
Dec 2, 2016 We had three new comers in our lab (see members)
Nov. 22, 2016 Orathai Pakdee left for Thailand and we had a farewell party for her (see gallery)
Oct 4, 2016 We harvested rice in our paddy field (see gallery)
Aug 31, 2016 Prof. Ma was awarded by Miki Memorial Award (see gallery)
July 9, 2016 Prof. Ma was awarded by Corresponding Membership Award from ASPB.
http://www.aspb.org/awards-funding/aspb-awards/corresponding-membership/ (see gallery)
July 8, 2016 Our paper on OsHMA4 was published in Nature Communications. This is a corroborative work with David Salt's lab in UK.
July 1, 2016 Dr. Wenguang Wang joined our lab as a postdoc.
June 23, 2016 We planted rice in the field as usual (see gallery)
June 14, 2016 We had a welcome barbecue party for Uchida-san, Kawami-san and Louise (see gallery)
June 1, 2016 Yokosho-kun was appointed as an assistant professor in our lab. Congratulation!
May 29, 2016 Louise Lerault from French joined our lab.
May 16, 2016 Uchida-san and Kawami-san joined our lab as technician.
April 27, 2016 Prof. Ma and Assoc. Prof. Yamaji were awarded by「Highly Cited Researchers 2015」For details, refer to http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/news/news_id5750.html
April 13, 2016 Dr. Yamaji was awarded by top researcher. For details, refer to http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/news/news_id5674.html
March 23, 2016 Takemoto-kun has completed his master course and was awarded by the dean award (see gallery).
Jan. 18, 2016 A review paper on heavy metal and metalloid has been published online in Annual Review of Plant Biology.
See: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev-arplant-043015-112301
Jan. 1, 2016 Sasaki-kun has got a permanent job! Congratulation!
Dec. 18, 2015 Chen-kun has left for China to work as a full-professor. Congratulation!
Dec. 14, 2015 We had a farewell part for Chen-kun and Sasaki-kun (see gallery)
Dec. 11, 2015 Shao-kun was awarded the "best presentation award" at the Annual meeting of Kansai Branch meeting in Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (see gallery).
Nov. 9, 2015 Our activity was introduced in Okayama Univ. E-Bulletin. For detail, refer to http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/user/kouhou/ebulletin/pdf/vol12.pdf.
Nov. 2015 Prof. Ma and Dr. Yamaji were selected as Highly Cited Researcher 2015. For detail, refer to http://highlycited.com/?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GA%20Highly%20 Cited%20Researchers%20Email%20v2_2015&utm_term=oct&utm_content=hcr-website
Nov. 2015 Prof. Ma and Dr. Yamaji were selected as Highly Cited Researcher 2015. For detail, refer to http://highlycited.com/?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GA%20Highly%20 Cited%20Researchers%20Email%20v2_2015&utm_term=oct&utm_content=hcr-website
Nov. 2015 Mr. Liu left our lab and we had a farewell party for him (see gallery).
Oct. 2015 Ji Feng Shao from Nanjing Institute of Soil Science, CAS joined us for a collaborative research.
Aug. 2015 Prof. Ma and Dr. Yamaji were selected as top authors by American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) For detail, refer to
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/my.aspb.org/resource/resmgr/docs/
aspbtopauthors.pdf#search='top+author+ASPB'
Aug. 18, 2015 Our work on preferential Zn distribution in rice has been accepted by Plant Journal.
Aug. 18, 2015 Our work on molecular mechanism of Si distribution in rice has been published in PNAS.
July 10, 2015 We had a beer garden party (see gallery).
July 10, 2015 We hosted an International workshop on metal and metalloids in plants (see gallery).
June 22, 2015 We planted rice in field (see gallery).
June 11, 2015 We have moved to the second floor of a new building (see gallery).
May. 30, 2015 We had a farewell party for Dr. Wu, who has got a job in Zhejiang University.
Apr. 8, 2015 Matsushima joined our lab as a master course student.
Mar. 26, 2015 Yamaki has completed his master course and was awarded by the dean award (see gallery).
Mar. 24, 2015 We had a farewell party for Yamaki, Sun and Shao at a restaurant (see gallery).
Feb. 28, 2015 Our collaborative work with Zhejiang University on regulation of P transporter has been published in Plant Cell.
Jan. 5, 2015 Our collaborative work with Dr. Miyaji in Okayama University has been published in Nature Communications. This is the first identification of ascorbic acid transporter in plants. Oct. 2, 2014 Four OB came to join the 100 year ceremony (see gallery).
Jan. 2, 2015 Shao, Liu and Sun came to our lab for collaborative work (see gallery). They will stay for three months or one year.
Dec. 16, 2014 We had a year-end party at a restaurant (see gallery).
Dec. 3, 2014 Our paper on HvAACT1 was selected as a leading paper of Plant Cell Physiology. For detail,
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/pcp/leading_papers.html.
Oct. 21, 2014 Our paper on OsABCC1 in rice was published in PNAS. This is collaboration with Prof. Lee at POSTECH. NHK and other media reported our paper.
Oct. 16, 2014 We harvested rice in the field (see gallery).
Oct. 02, 2014 Four OB came to join the 100 year ceremony (see gallery).
Oct. 01, 2014 Guijie Lei was enrolled as a Ph.D student.
Aug. 24, 2014 A video abstract on our node review in Trends in Plant Science could be viewed at YouTube(http://youtu.be/-yNuldmwyuI).
May. 24, 2014 Our review paper on "Node" has been accepted by Trends in Plant Science
Apr. 16, 2014 Kashino(Fujii)-san came back to our lab.
Apr. 1, 2014 Takemoto-kun joined our lab as a master-course student.
Apr. 1, 2014 Dr. Yamaji was promoted to Associate Professor from April 1, 2014. Congratulation!
Mar. 26, 2014 Sasaki-kun got Ph. D degree and was awarded by Dean Award for his excellent work during doctor course. Congratulation!
Feb. 11, 2014 Our paper on Cd transporter in Thlasphi was accepted by Plant Journal. This is a collaborative work with Leon's lab in Cornell University.
Feb. 11, 2014 Our paper on rice short root was accepted by Plant Journal.
Feb. 10, 2014 Sasaki-kun had a Ph. D-defense.
Jan. 06, 2014 Mrs. Ueda and Ogawa joined our lab as technicians.
Jan. 03, 2014 Prof. Ma was awarded by Sanyo-Shinbun award for his work on mineral transporters. For detail, refer to http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/news/news_id3175.html.
Dec. 12, 2013 We had a year-end party at a restaurant.
Nov. 10, 2013 Che Jing joined our lab for a collaborative work on Al in rice.
Oct. 30, 2013 Our paper on Si uptake in wild rice has been published in Physiologia Plantarum.
Oct. 15, 2013 We harvested rice in the paddy field.
Sep. 29, 2013 We had a farewell party for Drs. Kondo and Xia on Sep. 29.
Sep. 22, 2013 A transporter (OsHMA5) involved in xylem loading of Cu was published in Plant Physiology.
Sep. 19, 2013 A node-localized Mn transporter, OsNmrap3, has been published in Nature Communications.
Sep. 12, 2013 The ceremony for Dr. Yamaji' s young award from JSSSPN was held in Nagoya.
Mid-Aug. 2013 Ma, Yamaji, Yokosho, Sasaki and Chen attended the 16th INPC held in Turkey and gave presentations.
Aug. 1, 2013 We had a joint meeting with Kinoshita's lab in Nagoya University.
July 18, 2013 We identified a small peptide, which is required for Al tolerance in rice. This work has been accepted by Plant Journal.
June 23, 2013 Dr. Fangjun from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, came to our lab for collaborative work. He will stay for three months.
June 14, 2013 Dezhi Wu from Zhejiang University joined our lab as a postdoc fellow.
June 12, 2013 We found a novel mechanism for regulating expression level of ALMT1 in Holcus lanatus. This work has been accepted by Plant Journal.
Apr. 02, 2013 Dr. Zheng has been back to China and became a professor in Nanjing Agricultural University
Apr. 01, 2013 Murakami-kun and Yamaki-kun were enrolled into doctoral and master course, respectively.
Apr. 01, 2013 We found that OsHMA2 is involved in preferential delivery of Zn to developing tissues in rice. This works has been accepted by Plant Physiology.
Apr. 01, 2013 IWPMB2013 was held in Kurashiki, March 26-31, 2013. Three hundreds and ten participants from 22 countries joined this meeting.
Feb. 01, 2013 Kashino (Fujii)-san left the lab and gave a birth on March 1st.
Nov. 01, 2012 Dr. Yamaji was awarded by Young Scientist Award from Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. Congratulation!
Nov. 01, 2012 We identified a transporter (OsYSL16) for Cu distribution in rice. This work has been published in Plant Cell.
Nov. 01, 2012 We identified a silicon transporter (HvLsi6) in barley and found that this transporter is implicated in Si distribution with HvLsi2 at the node. For details, refer to Plant Physiology.
Nov. 01, 2012 Kuya-san left our lab.
Nov. 01, 2012 Dr. Kondo joined us as a postdoc fellow.
Nov. 01, 2012 We had a welcome party for Dr. Kondo.
Aug 01, 2012 We identified a major transporter (OsNramp5) for Mn and Cd uptake in rice. This work has been published in Plant Cell.
Aug 01, 2012 We identified a Mg transporter (OsMGT1) and found that this transporter is required for conferring Al tolerance in rice. For details, refer to Plant Physiology.
Aug 01, 2012 Ceremony for Kihara Award was held on 17 May in Yokohama. See gallery.
Aug 01, 2012 We had a beer garden party. See gallery.
Aug 01, 2012 We planted rice in May and June in our paddy field.
Aug 01, 2012 Tsutsui-kun, Yonamine-san and Sakamoto-san left our lab.
Aug 01, 2012 Komiyama-san, Sekimoto-san and Ishii-san joined our lab as technicians.
Aug 01, 2012 Dr. Fenglin Deng joined us as a postdoc fellow.
Apr 05, 2012 Professor Ma was awarded by Kihara Award for his work on mineral transporters in plants. For details, refer to http://old.kihara.or.jp/.
Apr 05, 2012 Our paper on HvAACT1 regulation has been published in Nature Communications.  For full paper, please refer to
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n3/full/ncomms1726.html.
Apr 05, 2012 Yokosho has obtained his Ph.D degree and awarded by Dean Award.
Apr 05, 2012 Oogai was awarded by Dean Award.
Apr 05, 2012 Our paper on DOCS1 was featured in Plant Journal and selected as a cover page.
Apr 05, 2012 We had a farewell party for Hiramatsu-san, Shimoda-san and Oogai-kun.
Apr 05, 2012 A paper on wheat Si transporter collaborated with Richard’s lab in Canada has been published in Plant Molecular Biology
Dec 1st, 2011 An international symposium "Strategies of Plants against Global Environmental Changes" will be held in Kurashiki, Dec. 8-10, 2011. For details, visit http://www.rib.okayama-u.ac.jp/sympo/sympoJFM/index_j.html
Dec 1st, 2011 Ms. Sakamoto and Haruna joined our group from Dec. 1 as a part time job.
Dec 1st, 2011 Sasaki-kun has published his work on Mn in Plant Physiology.
Dec 1st, 2011 A paper on a gene (Docs1) involved in outer cell layer specification has been accepted by Plant Journal.
Dec 1st, 2011 A paper on OsALS1, a tonoplast-localized ABC transporter for Al tolerance, has been accepted by Plant Journal
Dec 1st, 2011 Barry Rosen visited us.(see picture in gallery)
Sep 14, 2011 Our paper on OsFRDL4 has been accepted by Plant Journal.
Sep 14, 2011 We had a summer party at beer garden.(see picture in gallery)
May 26, 2011 Third Japan-China workshop has been successfully held in Kurashiki, March 27-29, 2011 (see picture in gallery)
May 26, 2011 Akimasa Sasaki was awarded by Dean Award (see picture in gallery)
May 26, 2011 We had a party for Yoshida-san and Sasaki-kun (see picture in gallery)
May 26, 2011 Shimoda-san joined our lab from April 1, 2011.
May 26, 2011 Drs. Kuya and Yonamine joined our lab as postdoctoral fellows from May 16.
May 26, 2011 Our paper on ART1 cis-element has been accepted by Plant Physiology.
February 28, 2011 Third Japan-China workshop will be held in Kurashiki, March 27-29, 2011. For detail, see the program.(PDF)
February 28, 2011 Our paper on TcHMA3 has been accepted by Plant Journal.
February 28, 2011 Our work on pumpkin Si transporter was published in Plant Journal.
February 28, 2011 Sasaki-kun made a defense presentation for his master degree on Feb. 17..
February 28, 2011 We had a welcome party for Drs. Sueyosh and Ishikawa and new year party (see picture in gallery).
February 28, 2011 Dr. Yamaji got married with a lady in Barley Group (see picture in gallery) in December..
February 28, 2011 A workshop for young people, supported by "Plant power to overcome environment" project, was held in Kurashiki, during Nov. 4-6, 2010. See picture in gallery.
February 28, 2011 Daimon joined our lab from Nov. 1, 2010, as a postdoc.
October 23, 2010 We identified a transporter specific for alumium in rice, which has been published in PNAS
October 23, 2010 We identified a gene controlling Cd accumulation in rice. This work has been published in PNAS.
October 23, 2010 Zhi Chang Chen from China joined our lab as a doctoral course student.
October 23, 2010 Ms. Hashimoto and Katayama joined our lab as a part-time worker.
October 23, 2010 We harvested rice during Oct. 12-13.
October 23, 2010 Dr. Chao Feng Huang left for USA
April 08, 2010 We had a welcome party for Ogai and Yoshida on April. 6
April 08, 2010 We found that a Si influx transporter Lsi1 is also involved in the efflux of arsenite in rice. This work has been published in New Phytologist.
April 08, 2010 Yokosho published his paper on MATE in Functional Plant Biology. Congratulation!
April 08, 2010 Yoshida joined our lab as a research. She will work on Al in rice.
April 08, 2010 Ogai joined our lab as a master course student from April 1. He will work on Si.
April 08, 2010 Emi Koyama got master course degree. She was also awarded by Dean Awards for her work on Cd in rice. Congratulation!
April 08, 2010 Dr. Mitani was selected as a WTT (women tenure track) of Okayama University. Congratulation!
April 08, 2010 Dr. Daisei Ueno moved to Kochi University as an Associate Professor from April 1. Congratulation!
April 08, 2010 We had a farewell party for Ueno and Koyama on March 22.
April 08, 2010 Six of our group made presentations on Si, Al and Cd work at the Annual Meeting of Japanese Plant Physiologists, which was held in Kumamoto, from March 17 to 21.
December 24, 2009 We identified a novel QTL with large effect for Cd accumulation in rice, which has been published in PCP.
October 16, 2009 Dr. Luqing Zheng from China joined us from Oct. 1 as a postdoctoral fellow.
October 16, 2009 We have identified a C2H2 transcription factor regulating Al tolerance in rice. This work has been accepted by Plant Cell.
August 25, 2009 Added it to the RESEARCH page.
August 25, 2009 Added it to the ACHIEVEMENTS page.
August 25, 2009 Dr. Lu from China joined us from August
August 25, 2009 Added 4 new news.
March 25, 2009 Ago-san (Master course student) was awarded by Dean Awards for 2008 for her work on "Mechanism of silicon uptake in dicots".
March 13, 2009 Yokosho kun (Master course student) was awarded by "Nishina Awards" for 2008 for his work on "Role of MATE genes in metal stress tolerance".
March, 2009 We have identified two genes (STAR1 and STAR2), which are involved in Al tolerance in rice. This work has been published in Plant Cell.
Feb. 2009 We have identified an influx silicon transporter in barley. This work has been published in Plant Journal.
Jan. 2009 We have identified two genes involved in silicon uptake and distribution in maize. The work has been published in Plant Cell Physiology (Open access).
Jan. 2009 We have identified a citrate transporter which is required for efficient translocation of iron from the root to the shoot in rice. For details, refer to following paper.