Kihara Institute for Biological Research (KIBR)
The Kihara Institute for Biological Research (KIBR) originated in a foundation established by Dr.Hitoshi Kihara, who led the world in promoting genomic concepts with a magnificent track record in genetics and the evolutionary study of wheat and other higher plants. The traditions of the research institute were continued after it was subsequently put under the management of Yokohama City University, and its conversion to a public university marked the start of a new challenge as it plays the role expected of it, in advancing life science through botanical research in the 21st century.


The research institute is anchored by three divisions focusing on genetic resources (germplasms), plant genomes, and applied plant genome; along with a new fourth division focusing on plant epigenomics starting in 2014.


The KIBR has, and is still collaborating with various external institutions on several projects. Listed below are current collaborations which the KIBR is involved with;

  • Afghan wheat germplasm "homecoming" plan
  • Development of technology for using new functional substances produced by wheat to which heterogeneous chromosomes have been transferred
  • Determination of the full genome base sequence of wheat chromosomes 6B
  • National BioResource Project (NBRP)
  • Research Project Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas
  • Role of genomic imprinting in reproductive barrier in the endosperm of rice
  • Development of plant control technology utilizing an auxin biosynthesis inhibitor

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the office of the institute with any proposals for research, lectures, or other projects.
641-12 Maioka-cho, Totsuka Ward, Yokohama 244-0813, Japan