Kiso basin research site
About research site
The research site is located in the middle stream of Kiso River whose length reaches 229km with its basin area of 5,275km2, consisting of stream and riparian forest ecosystems.
1) To monitor the long-term dynamics of riparian ecosystems under anthropogenic disturbances, such as population increase, land use changes and global climate changes
2) To elucidate how such a long-term physico-chemical alteration of riparian ecosystems affects fluvial biological communities
Since 2010, we started long-term monitoring at Kuro River and Akashio Stream, tributaries of Kiso River, which were registered as one of JaLTER sites, every other year in relation to physico-chemical environments, epilithic algal biomass and macroinvertebrate and fish faunas. We have been also collecting macroinvertebrats as archival specimens which are available for research use.
Epilithic algal biomass & dominant taxa
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To promote participation of young researchers in the above scientific program, international workshop is held every two years as a part of Joint-Use and Cooperative Research Program by Center for Ecological Research, approved by JaLTER and DIWPA. It is also intended to build up their research capacity to manage as well as be engaged in international projects on the long-term ecological monitoring.
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The use of our database will be permitted only for educational and/or research purposes after reviewing by Specimen Committee and Joint-Use Committee. Please submit your application form to the Administration Office of Joint-Use Facility (email@example.com), according to instruction for users. Please ask some questions on database to the following person.
Noboru Okuda, Specimen Committee Chair
Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University
Hirano 2-509-3, Otsu, P.O. BOX 520-2113
TEL: +81 77 549 8256; FAX: +81 77 549 8254
Since 1933, Kiso Biological Station was founded by Faculty of Science, Kyoto University to provide facility for field research and field biology course in university education. It has the accommodation capacity of about 15 persons and a wet laboratory in which there are binocular and optical microscopes, spectrophotometer, vacuum pump, titration apparatus and so on. You may also bring your own apparatus and equipment needed for your specific purposes to this station by yourself. Your accommodation and meals are provided by a staff with the standard charge.
Chigono, Kisofukushima, Nagano
TEL: +81 264 22 2642
Instruction for the use of facility
Kiso Biological Station is a university facility managed by Kiso Biological Station Managing Committee. You can use it after permission by this committee. Please submit your application to the Administration Office, Department of biology, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University (Kitashirakawa Oiwake, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, P.O.Box606-8502; Tel: +81 75 753 4070 or 4090,丂Fax: +81 75 753 4117). You can take the application form at the administration office directly or via postage if it is requested. You have to submit it at least two weeks before your stay.
Recent educational activities
1) A field biology course was held for undergraduate students of Kyoto University at Kiso Biological Station, during 5-8 August, 2011. Around Kaida Highland and Kurokawa, we surveyed floristic composition, vegetation, fungal flora, aquatic insect community, survival curves of leaf-miners, pollinator communities and so on.
2) A field biology course entitled 乭Case Method Part 1乭 was held twice for undergraduate students of Faculty of Education, Sugiyama Women University, at Kiso Biological Station, during 22-26th August and 29th August-2nd September, 2011.
3) A field biology course was held for undergraduate students of Kochi University on 9-13 August 2011 at the Kiso Biological Station, Kyoto University, Kiso Town, Nagano Prefecture. Participants were 8 students from faculty of Science, 2 students from faculty of agriculture, and 1 faculty staff of Kochi University.
4) As a part of cooperative research project funded by Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, a workshop entitled 乭Summer monitoring program for young scientists in Kiso River乭 was held at Kiso Biological Station, Kyoto University, during 7-14th August, 2010 to conduct the long-term monitoring of stream ecosystem in Kiso River.
5) A field biology course was held for undergraduate students of Kyoto University at Kiso Biological Station, during 17-20th August, 2010.
6) A field biology course entitled 乭Case Method I乭 was held twice for undergraduate students of Faculty of Education, Sugiyama Women University, at Kiso Biological Station, during 23-27th August and 30th August-3rd September, 2010.
Kentaro Nozaki (2012) A plan and estimation of river and stream investigation study on the course of nursery and primary school teacher education. Japanese Journal of Ecology 62: 51-58 (in Japanese)
Kentaro Nozaki (2012) A practical report of the freshwater environmental education on university students belonging to human and social sciences courses: Introduction of water tasting, water quality analysis and BOD test to a lecture subject and its student evaluation. Limnology in Tokai Region of Japan 54: 11-18 (in Japanese)
Kato, M. (2010) Life is in the details–Microcosm in microhabitats. Iwanami Syoten, 132pp. (in Japanese)
Takahara T., Genkai-Kato M., Miyasaka H. & Kohmatsu Y. (2011) Preliminary study of food habits in the Japanese clawed salamander larvae (Onychodactylus japonicus) in a mountain brook of the Kiso River system. Kuroshio Science 4:175-181
Miyasaka H, Genkai-Kato M (2007) Accuracy assessment for chlorophyll a measurements in the gut of stream stonefly nymphs. In: Tanabe S, Takeoka H, Isobe T, Nishibe Y (eds) Chemical Pollution and Environmental Changes. Universal Academy Press, Tokyo, pp 335-337
Miyasaka H, Genkai-Kato M (2007) Prey preference of three predatory stonefly species under a low-activity condition. In: Tanabe S, Takeoka H, Isobe T, Nishibe Y (eds) Chemical Pollution and Environmental Changes. Universal Academy Press, Tokyo, pp 331-333
Genkai-Kato M, Miyasaka H (2007) Vital statistics of three omnivorous stonefly species in a central Japanese stream. In: Tanabe S, Takeoka H, Isobe T, Nishibe Y (eds) Chemical Pollution and Environmental Changes. Universal Academy Press, Tokyo, pp 339-341
Center for Ecological Research
Hirano 2-509-3, Otsu
P.O. BOX 520-2113
TEL: +81 77 549 8256; FAX: +81 77 549 8254