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

To protect marine environments from plastics
To protect marine environments from plastics

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 will be started. new
  • Bacteria inhabiting deep seas.
  • Acquisition of highly novel marine bacteria and analysis of their characteristics (We'veve established even a novel order).

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Activation of bacterial growth by a novel signal factor from a deep-sea bacterium
Activation of bacterial growth by a novel signal factor from a deep-sea bacterium

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 are being explored. new
  • A myxol-based highly hydrophilic novel carotenoid produced by a marine bacterium of a novel genus. (Published)
  • Genome analysis of a deep-sea bacterium (Published)
  • Marine bacteria producing novel antibiotics. 
  • Metabolite analysis of a bacterium which dominated in a deep-sea environment.
  • Marine bacteria producing oils which can be (bio)fuel (In press)

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Floating E. coli due to high accumulation of oil
Floating E. coli due to high accumulation of oil

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 2018  Scheduled for welcoming 3 third-year undergrads.

✿ Yosakoi Break 

Jul  2018  Started working with a new assistant. Welcome!

Jun 2018  Had a guest from NITE, Chiba for possible future collaboration.

Apr 2018  Had Prof. Miyamoto's group of Keio University for a kick-off meeting about plastic biodegradation project. 

Apr 2018  Had Dr. Suzuki of NIID about antibiotic exploration project.

 

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Happy summer holidays       (╹◡╹)✿     Lab staff