Thank you for your visit to the homepage of Maki Teramoto's deep seawater laboratory. We are mainly researching marine bacteria including deep ocean residents using molecular biological techniques. Deep seawater and organisms inhabiting the seep seawater region used for the sampling are mainly piped up by Kochi Prefectural Deep Seawater Laboratory & Aqua Farm (Muroto, Kochi). We conduct basic and applied research toward innovation as well as just for curiosity for nature. 

Research Activities

Bioremediation of plastic-polluted environments
Bioremediation of plastic-polluted environments

By ecological studies, we obtain information on microbes characteristic of or important for the surrounding environment and utilize their beneficial ability.

Recent Topics

  • Analysis of plastic-degrading environments. new
  • Bacteria inhabiting deep seas. The bacteria in mesopelagic and surface seawaters around Japan were analyzed. Please use the data for your interests! 
  • Acquisition of highly novel marine bacteria and analysis of their characteristics (We found a bacterium of a novel order with only 1-year search).

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Secretion? from a nerve cell by marine X
Secretion? from a nerve cell by marine X

We explore mainly for marine bacteria, as bacteria are so diverse and are thus supposed to show various functions. We utilize the microbes including their genetic resources.

Recent Topics

  • Plastic-degrading bacteria. new
  • Marine bacteria producing oils which can be (bio)fuel (Published)
  • Marine bacteria producing novel antibiotics. 
  • Metabolites from bacteria which dominated in deep-sea environments.

 

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Floating E. coli, transformed to contain much fat
Floating E. coli, transformed to contain much fat

Construction of useful microbes.

We design and construct useful microbes with genetic modifications. The useful microbes created will be bacteria, archaea, plant cells etc.

Recent Topics

We've found a novel petroleum-oil-producing bacterium. Using its genetic resources, we are working "eco-friendly petroleum mass-producing project" at the moment.  

 

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Messages

Oct 2021 Sampled water of Niyodo liver, which is famous for its beautiful blue color.

Oct 2021 Accepted new third-year undergrads. Welcome!

🌼 Short summer vacation 🌼

Mar 2021 Moved to Monobe campus, which locates just in front of Kochi airport!

Oct 2020 Accepted new third-year undergrads. Welcome!

Sep 2020 Restarted analyzing bioactive products from marine bacteria. Going to collaborate with researchers in Shizuoka Pref.

Aug 2020 Had a web version of open campus. Please take a look at campus tour edited by MT.

Jul  2020  Started working with a former assistant. Welcome back!

May 2020 Gradually restarted researches. 

✿ Long Spring break due to covid 19 

Jan 2020 Provided MEXT (Japan) with information regarding deep seawaters around Japan.

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Autumn has come♪       (╹◡╹)✿     Lab staff