​Our Vision 

 

Euglena, a type of algae, is a rare microorganism that combines the characteristics of plants and animals. Consequently, it grows by photosynthesis yet produces fat in its body that is suited to the production of jet fuel. In Japan, where researchers were the first in the world to succeed in large-scale cultivation of euglena, research is underway to use oil extracted from the microorganism as a biofuel, with the goal of using it to power aircraft in the future. As the need for energy that does not adversely impact the environment grows, expectations are high for the multifaceted potential of biofuel made from euglena that has been made possible by researchers in Japan, a nation that lacks energy resources.

​R & D 

 

We develop novel innovative microalgae production technology by combining the mass culture technology of euglena Co., Ltd with the bioinformatics technique possessed by RIKEN. Then we create media additives that improve lipid productivity of various microralgae including Midorimushi.

[Integrated Collaborative Research with: euglena Co.,Ltd. and RIKEN]

Research Field

Phycology

Food science

Molecular biology

Immunology

Members ​

 

Team Leader 

 

 Kengo Suzuki (D.Agr.)

Major Experience

2018-          Team Leader, CSRS, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

                  ・Started “Microalgae Production Technology Laboratory”.

2015-2018  Visiting Researcher, CSRS, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

                  ・Succeeded Euglena breeding and obtained lipid-rich strains.

2005-          Director, euglena Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

                   ・Funded euglena Co., Ltd.

                   ・Established mass cultivation method of Euglena

Education

2016           Received Ph.D. in agriculture from the University of Tokyo

2003-2006 Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,

                   The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

1999-2003  Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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Deputy Team Leader 

 Keiichi Mochida (Ph.D.)

Major Experience

2018-          Team Leader, Team Leader, Bioproductivity Informatics     

                   Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

                   

                    Deputy Team Leader, CSRS, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

                  ・Started “Microalgae Production Technology Laboratory”.

2015-2018  Team Leader, Cellulose Production Research Team, Biomass                              Engineering Research Division, RIKEN Center for Sustainable                              Resource Science 

2013-2015  Dupty Team Leader, Biomass Research Platform Team,

                   Biomass Engineering Program, RIKEN Center for Sustainable   

                   Resource Science

Education

2003          Ph.D.,Yokohama City University synthesis science research course