Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L4009004 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 生物資源利用学
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Bioresource Utilization Science
オオムラ ヒサシ,ヒラヤマ マコト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Fri1-4:ABS C201
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Depending on the infection status of the COVID-19, it will be conducted online (on-demand). 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Agricultural Sciences
Eligible Students 3rd year (School of Applied Biological Science)
Keywords Bioactive compound, Biomass, Chemical Biology, Marine organism, Insect, Hormone, Pheromone, Pest control 
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Criterion referenced
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Food Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Expertise regarding methods for identifying the mechanism of function expression in food and food material and for application of the function.
・Expertise regarding food processing technologies and  development of useful materials.
(Abilities and Skills)
・Acquisition of techniques for production of foods from marine and animal resources and capability of consideration of practical measures for conversion to safe and highly functional foods

Molecular Agro-Life Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding regarding organic molecule, cell, individual organism, and population 
Class Objectives
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Several organic compounds biosynthesized by organisms have a specific structural characteristic and show a remarkable biological activity. We humans being exploit them as useful resources for various materials, drugs, and medicines. In this lecture, we will focus on useful and bioactive substances found in marine and terrestrial organisms such as seaweeds and insects, and teach how to analyze their structures. In addition, we will explain its original function in the ecosystem, usage as a resource, and applications in agriculture, industry, and medical care. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction - Marine organisms as a resource
lesson2 Exploiting skills of useful substances
lesson3 Fluorescent proteins from marine organisms and bioluminescence
lesson4 Diversified use of marine biomass (crab shells and seaweed polysaccharides)
lesson5 Chemical biology of marine organisms 1: Captive and defensive behaviors
lesson6 Chemical biology of marine organisms 2: Marine toxins
lesson7 Potentially useful substances derived from marine organisms: UV absorbers, antiviral proteins
lesson8 Mid-term examination
lesson9 Introduction - Agriculture, Insects, Bioactive compounds
lesson10 Insect hormones
lesson11 Insect pheromones 1: Sex pheromones
lesson12 Insect pheromones 2: Sex pheromones
lesson13 Insect pheromones 3: Alarm pheromones, Aggregation pheromones
lesson14 Insect pheromones 4: Pheromones of social insects
lesson15 Insects as food resources
lesson16 Term-end examination

Mid-term exam for lessons 2-7 and Term-end exam for lessons 9-15 will be held. 
Not specified. Materials will be distributed by means of moodle. 
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Preparation and
Preparation: Reading references to understand each lecture in advance
Review: Reading resumes and references, and checking your notebook 
Grading Method Examination (and/or report) (80%) and learning attitude (20%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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