Department of Environmental Life Sciences
Division of Genetic Ecology

Plant Reproductive Genetics 分野

Akira Kanno
キャンパス Katahira キャンパス
専攻分野 Plant molecular breeding
連絡先 022-217-5725

My interests are the molecular mechanisms of floral development in monocot plants, especially in asparagus and orchids. I am also interested in the evolution of floral morphology and dioecy.


Apr. 1992 Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, JSPS (PD)
Feb. 1993 Research Associate, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Jun. 1993 Assistant Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Aug. 1997 – Jul. 1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad, JSPS (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany)
Feb. 1999 Associate Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Apr. 2001 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Apr. 2007 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University

  1. Akira Kanno, Shosei Kubota, Katsuya Ishino. Conversion of a male-specific RAPD marker into an STS marker in Asparagus officinalis L. Euphytica 197:39-46 (2014)
  2. Viren Menezes, Yohan Mathew, Kazuyoshi Takayama, Akira Kanno, Hamid Hosseini. Laser Plasma Jet Driven Microparticles for DNA/Drug Delivery. PLoS ONE 7:e50823 (2012)
  3. Tomoya Niki, Masayo Hirai, Tomoko Niki, Akira Kanno and Takaaki Nishijima. Role of Floral Homeotic Genes in the Morphology of Forchlorfenuron-Induced Paracorollas in Torenia fournieri Lind. Journal of the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science 81:204-212 (2012)
  4. Masayo Hirai, Masumi Yamagishi, and Akira Kanno. Reduced transcription of a LEAFY-like gene in Alstroemeria sp. cultivar Green Coral that cannot develop floral meristems. Plant Science 185-186:298-308 (2012)
  5. Tatsuya FUKUDA, In-Ja SONG, Takuro ITO, Hokuto NAKAYAMA, Hiroshi HAYAKAWA, Yukio MINAMIYA, Ryo ARAKAWA, Akira KANNO and Jun YOKOYAMA. Comparing with phylogenetic trees inferred from cpDNA, ITS sequences and RAPD analysis in the genus Asparagus (Asparagaceae). Environment Control in Biology 50:13-18 (2012)
  6. Go Suzuki, Yuka Ogaki, Nozomi Hokimoto, Lin Xiao, Akie Kikuchi-Taura, Chiaki Harada, Ryozo Okayama, Asami Tsuru, Misa Ohnishi, Naoko Saito, Geum Sook Do, Sun Hee Lee, Takuro Ito, Akira Kanno, Maki Yamamoto, and Yasuhiko Mukai. Random BAC FISH of monocot plants reveals differential distribution of repetitive DNA elements in small and large chromosome species. Plant Cell Reports 31:621-628 (2012)
  7. Shosei Kubota, Itaru Konno and Akira Kanno. Molecular phylogeny of the genus Asparagus (Asparagaceae) explains interspecific crossability between the garden asparagus (A. officinalis) and other Asparagus species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 124:345-354 (2012)
  8. Kanno and J. Yokoyama. Asparagus. In: Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources, Vegetables. pp.23-42 (2011) C. Kole (ed.)Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  9. Tatsuya FUKUDA, In-Ja SONG, Hokuto NAKAYAMA, Takuro ITO, Akira KANNO, Hiroshi HAYAKAWA, Yukio MINAMIYA, Jun YOKOYAMA. Phylogeography of Asparagus schoberioides Kunth (Asparagaceae) in Japan. American Journal of Plant Sciences 2:781-789 (2011)
  10. Tatsuya FUKUDA, In.-Ja SONG, Takuro ITO, Hiroshi HAYAKAWA, Yukio MINAMIYA, Akira KANNO, Hokuto NAKAYAMA, Jun YOKOYAMA. Nucleotide sequence variations in a medicinal relative of asparagus, Asparagus cochinchinensis (Lour.) Merrill (Asparagaceae). American Journal of Plant Sciences 2:765-775 (2011)
  11. Takuro Ito, Itaru Konno, Shosei Kubota, Toshinori Ochiai, Takahiro Sonoda, Yuko Hayashi, Tatsuya Fukuda, Jun Yokoyama, Hokuto Nakayama, Toshiaki Kameya, Akira Kanno. Production and characterization of interspecific hybrids between Asparagus kiusianus Makino and A. officinalis L. Euphytica 182:285-294 (2011)
  12. In-Ja Song, Tatsuya Fukuda, Suk-Min Ko, Takuro Ito, Jun Yokoyama, Hiroyuki Ichikawa, Yoh Horikawa, Toshiaki Kameya, Akira Kanno and Hyo-Yeon Lee. Expression analysis of an APETALA1/FRUITFULL-like gene in Phalaenopsis sp. ‘Hatsuyuki’ (Orchidaceae). Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology 52:183-195 (2011)
所属学会 Japanese Society of Breeding, The Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, The Botanical Society of Japan, International Society for Horticultural Science

Advanced Lecture on Plant Reproductive Genetics (graduate school)
Advanced Lecture on Environmental Life Sciences(graduate school)
Advanced Cell Biology(graduate school)
Advanced Lecture on Life Sciences (undergraduate)


For our asparagus research, we found the DNA marker for identifying the sex of asparagus. This marker is very useful because now we can distinguish male and female asparagus before those plants flower. Also, we generated interspecific hybrids between garden and wild asparagus in order to develop new asparagus cultivars. For the research of floral development, we isolated many floral homeotic genes from orchids. We are now analyzing the expression pattern of those genes.


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