Akira Yano, Ph. D.

Faculty of Life and Environmental Sceince
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 has studied the application of electrical engineering technologies to life science topics. He graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Miyagi National College of Technology in Japan in 1990 and then from the Faculty of Engineering at Chiba University in Japan in 1992. He studied magnetic compass navigation of Pacific salmon as a master and doctor course student at the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Chiba University. Those studies ranged from electron microscopic analyses of biomagnetic sensors to GPS-assisted biotelemetry studies of open-sea migrating salmon. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1997, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Horticulture in Chiba University, where he changed his study subject from fish to plants. He also studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as a Visiting Researcher for two months in 1999. Direct effects of electromagnetic field exposure on plant growth and development were investigated intensively until 2001, when he moved to the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science in Shimane University in Japan as an Associate Professor. Controlling the aerial environment of plants using photonic and electrical engineering technologies has been his major study subject at Shimane University. He is currently developing solar photovoltaic systems for energizing greenhouse environment control appliances and LED systems for use in energy-saving horticultural plant production. He has been a Professor of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science in Shimane University since 2013 and the Chairman of the Department of Regional Environmental Sciences during the 2016-2017 academic years. He was appointed 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.

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.

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.

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

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.