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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 Event

Symbiology Workshop 2019 & RIKEN-JSS Joint Symposium

Date: 2019 November 18-19
Venue: Yokohama RIKEN, Lecture Hall
Hosts: iSYM, Biology of Symbiosis and Japan Symbiology Society


Symbiology Workshop 2019 group photo

Recent News Releases


2020/November Dr. Ken Shirasu's interview i published in the November issue of RIKEN NEWS


2020/9/3 Dr. Ken Shirasu


Parasitic plants attack crops when defending themselves from microbes

2020/8/27 Dr. Hiroshi Ohno


Tag team gut bacteria worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis

2020/July Dr. Makoto Hayashi's interview is published in the July issue of RIKEN NEWS


2020/6/9 Collaboration Dr. Yasunori Ichihashi, Dr. Ken Shirasu and Dr. Jun Kikuchi 


Using multiomics in an agricultural field, scientists discover that organic nitrogen plays a key role in plant growth

2020/4/22 Dr. Hiroshi Ohno


CD8+ regulatory T cells are critical in prevention of autoimmune-mediated diabetes

2020/2/7 Dr. Makoto Hayashi

A single gene controls root nodulation and lateral root growthーA gene involved in the development of lateral roots is found to play a role in the formation of nitrogen-fixing nodules

2019/11/22 Dr. Makoto Hayashi


Recrutement of a lateral root developmental pathway into root nodule formation of legumes

2019/Autumn Dr. Ken Shirasu's interview is published in the fall issue of RIKEN RESEARCH



Featured News Report

Sequel II System has been introduced!

"Sequel II System" has been introduced to RIKEN Yokohama. It has been installed next to Sequel. The read lengths is about eight times longer than original system!

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