Assistant Professor


Research Center for Global Agromedicine, Department of Agriculture and Animal Science

Research Department, Department of Agro-environmental Science, Division of Plant Production Science, Section of Plant Production Science

Faculty (Unit)

Plant Production Program


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.

Room address General Research Building 1
Room number S3105-5
Mail address aigo atmark