Institute of Algological Research

Institute of Algological Research

Infobox University
name = Institute of Algological Research (Japanese: 北海道大学北方生物圏フィールド科学センター水圏ステーション室蘭)

established = 1933
type = Public
president = Taizo Motomura
city = Muroran
state = Hokkaidō
country = Japan
undergrad = 10
postgrad = 3
PhDs = 2
faculty = 3
website = []

The Institute of Algological Research (sometimes referred to as Muroran Marine Station, or Northern Hemisphere Field Station) in Muroran, is one of the oldest research institutes for Phycology research in Japan. Institute of Algological Research is located in the town of Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan and is involved in research leading to MS and PhD degrees in Phycology. Graduate students are often registered with Hokkaido University.


The Institute of Algological Research was founded in 1933.


Coastal zone surrounding the institute has one of the largest seaweed biodiversity in Japan, with over 200 species of macroalgae. The intertidal rocky shore is covered with luxuriant growth of seaweeds belonging to such diverse genera as Ulvophyseae, Rhodophyseae and Phaeophyseae. The close proximity to this very diverse natural habitat makes Institute of Algological Research, one of the most prominent Phycological research institute in the world.

Faculty and Research


* [ Taizo Motomura] (Working on Spindle formation in Brown algal zygotes)
* [ Yotsukura Norishige] (Working on Mitosis and Cytokinesis in Brown Algae).
* [ Chikako Nagasato] ] (Working on taxonomy and ecophysiology of Laminariales)

Notable Alumni

*Ichiro Mine
*Kazuo Okuda

See also

* The Usa Marine Biological Institute is a similar research facility located in Usa cho, Japan.

* The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is also a similar oceanographic facility located at Woods Hole in Massachusetts.

* The Friday Harbor Laboratories in the USA also conducts similar research in Marine Biology.


Motomura, T. and Nagasato, C. (2003) The first spindle formation in brown algal zygotes. Hydrobiologia (in press).

Nagasato, C. and Motomura, T. (2002) New pyrenoid formation in the brown alga, Scytosiphon lomentaria (Scytosiphonales, Phaeophyceae). Journal of Phycology 38: 800-806.

Yotsukura, N., Kawai, T., Motomura, T. and Ichimura, T. (2001) Random amplified polymorphic DNA markers for three Japanese laminarian species. Fisheries Science 67:857-862.

External links

* [ Institute of Algological Research]

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