Forest Biodiversity & Community Ecology

The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest

Hirao Lab — Forest Biodiversity & Community Ecology

The Hirao Lab conducts research on forest ecology at the University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest. We are working on a wide range of research themes related to forest biodiversity, interactions between organisms, ecosystem function and dynamics, wildlife management, and conservation of rare species in the headwatershed of the Arakawa River in the Okuchichibu Mountains, where the pristine natural environment remains.

Impacts of Japanese deer on forest ecosystems


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Roles of soil microbes in plant-soil feedback


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Conservation of biodiversity in mountain areas

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