Akira Yano, Ph. D.

Institute of Environmental Systems Science
Shimane University
1060 Nishikawatsu, Matsue, Shimane 690-8504

TEL: +81-852-32-6543
FAX: +81-852-32-6543
e-mail: yano@life.shimane-u.ac.jp

Dr. Yano, a Professor of the Institute of Environmental Systems Science since 2018 at Shimane University in Japan, currently teaches undergraduate students of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences and graduate students of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology. He also teaches doctoral students of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences at Tottori University in Japan.

After graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Miyagi National College of Technology in Japan in 1990, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at Chiba University in Japan until 1992. There at Chiba University, he studied magnetic compass navigation of Pacific salmon as a master and doctor course student at the Graduate School of Science and Technology. Those studies encompassed electron microscopic analyses of biomagnetic sensors to GPS-assisted biotelemetry studies of open-sea migrating salmon.

Yano A, Aoyagi S. 2008.
TOF-SIMS analysis of magnetic materials in chum salmon head.
Applied Surface Science 255:1100-1103.

Ishida Y, Yano A, Ban M, Ogura M. 2001.
Vertical movement of a chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta in the western North Pacific Ocean as determined by a depth-recording archival tag.
Fisheries Science 67(6):1030-1035.

Yano A, Ogura M, Sato A, Sakaki Y, Shimizu Y, Baba N, Nagasawa K. 1997.
Effect of modified magnetic field on the ocean migration of maturing chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta.
Marine Biology 129(3):523-530.

Yano A, Ogura M, Sato A, Sakaki Y, Ban M, Nagasawa K. 1996.
Development of ultrasonic telemetry technique for investigating the magnetic sense of salmonids.
Fisheries Science 62(5):698-704.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 1997, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Horticulture at Chiba University, where he broadened his study subject from fish to include plants. He also studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as a Visiting Researcher in 1999. He intensively investigated direct effects of electromagnetic field exposure on plant growth and development until 2001, when he moved to the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science at Shimane University as an Associate Professor.

Aoyagi S, Yano A, Yanagida Y, Tanihira E, Tagawa A, Iimoto M. 2006.
Control of chemical reaction involving dissolved oxygen using magnetic field gradient.
Chemical Physics 331:137-141.

Yano A, Ohashi Y, Hirasaki T, Fujiwara K. 2004.
Effects of a 60 Hz magnetic field on photosynthetic CO2 uptake and early growth of radish seedlings.
Bioelectromagnetics 25(8):572-581.

Yano A, Hidaka E, Fujiwara K, Iimoto M. 2001.
Induction of primary root curvature in radish seedlings in a static magnetic field.
Bioelectromagnetics 22(3):194-199.

At Shimane University, his studies have been focused specifically on greenhouse engineering. Control of the aerial environment of plants using photonic and electrical engineering technologies has been his major subject of study. He developed solar photovoltaic systems for energizing greenhouse environment control appliances. For instance, a side-ventilation controller and a blind-type shading system were developed based on stand-alone photovoltaic systems. An algorithm for calculating shading below photovoltaic panels was also developed. Plant growth below solar panels was investigated experimentally in a greenhouse.

Furthermore, specific LED systems were developed for use in indoor plant studies. Those systems enabled light emission with an approximated sunlight spectrum, controllable spectral combinations, and lighting distributions in time and space.

He was active as a Professor of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science during 2013-2017. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Department of Regional Environmental Sciences and as Chairman of the Environmental Science and Technology Course of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science during the 2016-2017 academic years at Shimane University.

Moreover, he accepted and later completed appointments as a Visiting Lecturer at The University of Tokyo in 2010 and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sassari in Italy in 2015.
During the 2017-2019 academic years, he served as an Associate Editor of Engineering in Agriculture, Environment and Food.

Li Z, Yano A, Yoshioka H. 2020.
Feasibility study of a blind-type photovoltaic roof-shade system designed for simultaneous production of crops and electricity in a greenhouse.
Applied Energy 279:115853.

Cossu M, Yano A, Solinas S, Deligios PA, Tiloca MT, Cossu A, Ledda L. 2020.
Agricultural sustainability estimation of the European photovoltaic greenhouses.
European Journal of Agronomy 118:126074.

Yano A, Cossu M. 2019.
Energy sustainable greenhouse crop cultivation using photovoltaic technologies.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 109:116-137.

Cossu M, Cossu A, Deligios PA, Ledda L, Li Z, Fatnassi H, Poncet C, Yano A. 2018.
Assessment and comparison of the solar radiation distribution inside the main commercial photovoltaic greenhouse types in Europe.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 94:822-834.

Li Z, Yano A, Cossu M, Yoshioka H, Kita I, Ibaraki Y. 2018.
Shading and electric performance of a prototype greenhouse blind system based on semi-transparent photovoltaic technology.
Journal of Agricultural Meteorology 74:114-122.

Li Z, Yano A, Cossu M, Yoshioka H, Kita I, Ibaraki Y. 2018.
Electrical energy producing greenhouse shading system with a semi-transparent photovoltaic blind based on micro-spherical solar cells.
Energies 11:1681.

Cossu M, Ledda L, Urracci G, Sirigu A, Cossu A, Murgia L, Pazzona A, Yano A. 2017.
An algorithm for the calculation of the light distribution in photovoltaic greenhouses.
Solar Energy 141:38-48.

Cossu M, Yano A, Li Z, Onoe M, Nakamura H, Matsumoto T, Nakata J. 2016.
Advances on the semi-transparent modules based on micro solar cells: First integration in a greenhouse system.
Applied Energy 162:1042-1051.

Yano A, Onoe M, Nakata J. 2014.
Prototype semi-transparent photovoltaic modules for greenhouse roof applications.
Biosystems Engineering 122:62-73.

Yano A, Fujiwara K. 2012.
Plant lighting system with five wavelength-band light-emitting diodes providing photon flux density and mixing ratio control
Plant Methods 8:46.

Kadowaki M, Yano A, Ishizu F, Tanaka T, Noda S. 2012.
Effects of greenhouse photovoltaic array shading on Welsh onion growth.
Biosystems Engineering 111(3):290-297.

Fujiwara K, Yano A. 2011.
Controllable spectrum artificial sunlight source system using LEDs with 32 different peak wavelengths of 385-910 nm.
Bioelectromagnetics 32(3):243-252.

Yano A, Kadowaki M, Furue A, Tamaki N, Tanaka T, Hiraki E, Kato Y, Ishizu F, Noda S. 2010.
Shading and electrical features of a photovoltaic array mounted inside the roof of an east-west oriented greenhouse.
Biosystems Engineering 106(4):367-377.

Yano A, Furue A, Kadowaki M, Tanaka T, Hiraki E, Miyamoto M, Ishizu F, Noda S. 2009.
Electrical energy generated by photovoltaic modules mounted inside the roof of a north-south oriented greenhouse.
Biosystems Engineering 103(2):228-238.

Yano A, Tsuchiya K, Nishi K, Moriyama T, Ide O. 2007.
Development of a greenhouse side-ventilation controller driven by photovoltaic energy.
Biosystems Engineering 96(4):633-641.