AIUCHI Daigo Associate Professor
Research materials handled in this laboratory are largely divided into three types: agricultural pests, medical insect pests and stored-grain insect pests. I conduct research on how to control these pests, how to cause them to die and how they change upon death. Basically, most of my research is on biocontrol using insect parasites. But as long as I can kill pests beautifully or otherwise render them harmless, I’ll use whatever means I can find, such as natural enemies, plant pesticides and insect light traps.
I’m currently engaged in the following: (1) research on changes in plant nutrient components that could change the behavior of insect vectors and research on the effect of that change on the efficiency of the insect vector-mediated transmission of plant viruses, (2) research on the phenomenon whereby vector mosquitos infected with entomopathogenic fungi are alive but are no longer effective as vectors, and the clarification of the mechanism behind that ineffectiveness, (3) the exploration of control methods targeting the eggs of whiteflies, which are agricultural pests, and clarification of the insecticidal mechanism, (4) the development of crop cultivation techniques to reduce insect pest damage on stored grain in Africa, and (5) the exploration of plant components that could have repellent/insecticidal activity on stored-grain insect pests in the Republic of Malawi.
I’m from Sapporo. I played basketball in junior high school, did alpine skiing in high school, and did freestyle kayaking and Western riding at university. Since entering the workforce, I’ve enjoyed playing ice hockey. The lab I chose was one where I would be able to research phytopathology. But at a tremendous turning point, my supervisor changed his specialty and before I knew it, I’d become a specialist in applied entomology. I’m an Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine faculty member who’s also an alumnus, one of few such faculty members in recent years. I’m interested in DIY, and I’ve been hooked on cooking, camping and wood carving.
|Room address||General Research Building 1|
|Mail address||aigo obihiro.ac.jp|