Personnel Information


KAKU Nobuo



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Field of expertise (Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research classification) 【 display / non-display

  • Applied microbiology

  • Environmental agriculture(including landscape science)

  • Plant nutrition/Soil science

Graduating School 【 display / non-display

  • Yamagata University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Chemistry

    1992.03, Graduated

Graduate School 【 display / non-display

  • Iwate University, Graduate School, Division of Agricltural Sciences, Science of Bioresources

    Doctor's Course, 1997.03, Completed

  • Yamagata University, Graduate School, Division of Agriculture

    Master's Course, 1994.03, Completed

Degree 【 display / non-display

  • Doctor (Agriculture), Iwate University, 1997.03

  • Master (Agriculture), Yamagata University, 1994.03

  • Bachelor (Agriculture), Yamagata University, 1992.03

External Career 【 display / non-display

  • The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University, Research student, 1997.04 - 1997.08

  • Research Institute of Meijo University, Postdoctral Fellow, 1997.08 - 2000.04

  • Marine Biotechnology Institute Co., Ltd, Researcher, 2000.05 - 2002.09

  • , Part-time Lecturer, 2014.04 -

  • , Part-time Lecturer, 2014.10 -

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology

  • Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry

  • Japanese Society of Soil Science an Plant Nutrition

  • Japanese Society of Soil Microbiology

  • Japan Society on Water Environment

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Research Career 【 display / non-display

  • Relationship between methanogenic ecosystem and methane flux from paddy field, 1991.04 -

    paddy field, methanogens, greenhouse gases

  • Methanogenesis in anaerobic digestion of organic waste (biomas), 1991.04 -

    organic waste, biomas, anaerobic digestion, methane

  • Phylogenetic diversity in anaerobic microbes, 1991.04 -

    anaerobes, 16S rRNA, biodiversity

  • Development of environmental stress-tolerant cyanobacterium by genetic engineering, 1997.08 - 2000.04

    genetic engineering, environmental stress, cyanobacteria

  • Electricity generation by microorganisms (microbial fuel cells), 2007.04 -

    Electricity generation, anaerobes, photosynthetic microorganisms

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Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Bottom-to-top continuous irrigation of treated municipal wastewater for effective nitrogen removal and high quality rice for animal feeding (vol 18, pg 1183, 2017), WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-WATER SUPPLY, 19(1) 346, 2019.02

    Dong Duy Pham, Kurashima Sumiko, Kaku Nobuo, Pu Jian, Watanabe Toru, Sasaki Atsushi

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Aminipila butyrica gen. nov., sp nov., a strictly anaerobic, arginine-decomposing bacterium isolated from a methanogenic reactor of cattle waste, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY, 68(1) 443-448, 2018.01

    Ueki Atsuko, Goto Kazushi, Kaku Nobuo, Ueki Katsuji

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Degradation of the fungal cell wall by clostridial strains isolated from soil subjected to biological soil disinfestation and biocontrol of Fusarium wilt disease of spinach, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 101(22) 8267-8277, 2017.11

    Atsuko Ueki, Toshiaki Takehara, Gen Ishioka, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Description of Anaerotignum aminivorans gen. nov., sp. nov., a strictly-anaerobic, amino-acid-decomposing bacterium isolated from a methanogenic reactor, and reclassification of Clostridium propionicum, Clostridium neopropionicum and Clostridium lactatifermentans as Anaerotignum species, Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 67(10) 4146-4153, 2017.10

    Atsuko Ueki, Kazushi Goto, Yoshimi Ohtaki, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Nitrogen removal and power generation from treated municipal wastewater by its circulated irrigation for resource-saving rice cultivation, Water Science and Technology, 75(4) 898-907, 2017.02

    Toru Watanabe, Takuma Mashiko, Rizki Maftukhah, Nobuo Kaku, Dong Duy Pham, Hiroaki Ito

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • Molecular identification of microbial populations in petroleum-contaminated groundwater. In J.F.T. Spencer and A.L.R. de Spencer (Eds.), Environmental Microbiology: Methods and Protocols, p. 235-242, Humana Press, Totowa, 2004.08

    Kazuya Watanabe, Natsuko Hamamura, Nobuo Kaku

  • Na+ and Li+ torelance of a freshwater cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 transformed with nhaAv gene from Vibrio alginolyticus. In Y. Suketa, E. Carafoli, M. Lazdunski, K. Mikoshiba, Y. Okada and E.M. Wright (Eds.), Control and Diseases of Sodium Dependent Transport Proteins and Ion Channels, p. 135-138, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, 2000.08

    N Kaku, T Hibino, Y Tanaka, T Takabe, T Nakamura, T Takabe

  • Expression of Na+/H+ antiporter from Vibrio alginolyticus in a freshwater cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942. In G. Garab (Ed.), Photosynthesis: Mechanisms and Effects, Vol IV, p. 2613-2616, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1999.03

    Nobuo Kaku, Kyoko Okuda, Takashi Hibino, Yoshito Tanaka, Tatsunosuke Nakamura, Tetsuko Takabe, Teruhiro Takabe

Review Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Role of anaerobic bacteria in biological soil disinfestation for elimination of soil-borne plant pathogens in agriculture, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 102(15) 6309-6318, 2018.08

    Atsuko Ueki, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki

  • Microbial electricity generation in rice paddy fields: recent advances and perspectives in rhizosphere microbial fuel cells, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 98(23) 9521-9526, 2014.12

    Atsushi Kouzuma, Nobuo Kaku, Kazuya Watanabe

  • Assessment of safety in the bioremediation of oil contamination, The Society for Biotechnology, Japan, Seibutu-kogaku, 80(11) 527-529, 2002.11

    Nobuo Kaku, Kazuya Watanabe

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 【 display / non-display

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C),2016.04 - 2019.03

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C),2013.04 -

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C),2010.04 - 2013.03

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C),2007.04 - 2010.03

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C),2004.04 - 2007.03

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Preferred joint research theme 【 display / non-display

  • Energy (methane, hydrogen, ethanol, electrisity) recovery from unused biomass, Cooperative Research with Industry-University research organizations and private agencies, Funded Research, Cooperative Research, Other

  • Waste treatment and bioremediation with anaerobic microbes, Cooperative Research with Industry-University research organizations and private agencies, Funded Research, Cooperative Research, Other

  • Microbial ecology and diversity in anoxic environments, Cooperative Research with other research organizations including universities, Funded Research, Cooperative Research, Other


Academic Activity 【 display / non-display

  • Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology, 2007.11 - 2015

  • Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology, 2008.07