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About iSYM

Integrated Symbiology (iSYM) is an interdisciplinary research program at RIKEN, studying organism-organism interactions. High biological diversity, which is built on numerous organism-organism interactions, ensures natural sustainability for all life forms, including us. 
We aim to understand how organisms interact with each other in the molecular level, revealing novel communication tools and controlling strategies developed by various life forms.

Recent News Releases


2018/06/27 It's World Microbiome Day! APC Microbiome Ireland developed the day. Find more details about the World Microbiome Day, please go to the following page!

World Microbiome Day Website

2018/April Dr. Moriya Ohkuma and Dr. Jun Kikuchi's interviews are published in the April issue of RIKEN NEWS.


2018/4/1 Dr. Shirasu group with Dr. Ichihashi team signed a collaborative research agreement with Daichi no Inochi Co., LTD(株式会社大地のいのち) . The purpose is to verify the effects of microbial materials in agriculture.

Daichi no Inochi Co., LTD (株式会社大地のいのち) Website

2018/3/28 Dr. Ichihashi’s collaboration team revealed the mechanism how soil solarization promotes the crop yield. (日本農業新聞2018年3月28日)


2018/2/23 Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki team's paper has been published in Science


Single-cell bioluminescence imaging of deep tissue in freely moving animals. Science, doi:10.1126/science.aaq1067

Featured News Report

PacBio Training was held at Yokohama RIKEN.

PacBio Sequel training was held for five days (4/11-4/17). The schedule of training included from sample preparation untill sequencing. During the training, there was also a bioinformatics seminar by PacBio Asia. I hope the training was fruitful for everyone. Attendees were from a variety of research fields in symbiology so it was also a great opportunity to get to know each other. 

Recent Events


June 4th, 2018

Photo of Professor Scott C Peck

RIKEN International Symposium "Frontiers in Integrated Symbiology"

Please click here to read a report!

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