Tropical Biosphere Research Center (TBRC) is a research institute of University of the Ryukyus located in subtropical climate zone. Faculty members of TBRC are conducting biological researches on the tropical and subtropical environment. The researches are mainly focused on the establishment and maintenance of biological diversity, the biological survival mechanism, and the dynamic interactions of symbiotic or infectious microbes with hosts. Applied research on food and health in subtropical area is also carried out in TBRC. These research activities covers all four Key Words of the University of the Ryukyus: Islands, Marine, Subtropical Climate, and Health and Longevity.
TBRC has been approved to be a Joint Usage/Research Center (JURC) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. As the only JURC in the subtropical climate zone, TBRC provides opportunities to study subtropical organisms and ecosystems for both domestic and international researchers. TBRC has great access to resources of the insular environments of the Ryukyu Archipelago with high endemism that have been developed in humid subtropical climate under complex geographical history, which includes coral reefs and mangrove forests with high biodiversity. Iriomote and Sesoko Stations of TBRC are located right next to coral reefs and mangrove forests, respectively, and are equipped with dormitories and laboratories available for the filed researchers.
Establishment of interdisciplinary research area of field research and molecular biology is another important goal of TBRC. Center of Molecular Biosciences (COMB) of TBRC in Senbaru Campus of the University of the Ryukyus is dedicated to the molecular research of the tropical natural life, and genome sequencing of tropical field-derived samples becomes standard analyses in recent years. To further improve co-operation of the field stations and COMB, active exchange of information between the stations is ongoing via a teleconference system.
TBRC will continue to conduct the biological research of subtropical and tropical climate area as the research institute of University of the Ryukyus, and will reinforce the function as JURC. I would like to thank you for your support to our endeavor.