Yasuhiro SATO

ORCID: 0000-0002-6466-723XResearchGate
  • Current address
JST PRESTO / Research Institute for Food and Agriculture, Ryukoku University
Yokotani 1-5, Seta Oe-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2194, Japan
Phone: +81-77-599-5660; Fax: +81-77-599-5656
E-mail: sato.yasuhiro.36c "at" kyoto-u.jp; yassato36c "at" outlook.com

  • Research interests
Many living organisms cope with surrounding environments (ecology) and reproduce themselves with some inheritance of their characteristics (genetics). These two aspects are fundamental for organismal biology and an interplay between the two disciplines, ecological genetics, is of considerable interest in my research. Currently I am working on plants and insect herbivores to tackle the following issues.
1. Genomic basis of neighbor effects and its potential application to a pest control by mixed planting (ongoing, supported by JST PRESTO)
2. Herbivore-mediated maintenance of polymorphism in plant defense (Sato & Kudoh 2017 Am Nat; Sato, Ito & Kudoh 2017 Funct Ecol)
Keywords: Ecological genetics, Plant-insect interaction, Herbivory

  • Education
2016    PhD in Science (Kyoto University, Japan) (supervisor: Prof. Hiroshi Kudoh
2013    MS in Science (Kyoto University, Japan) 
2011    BSc in Agriculture (Kyoto University, Japan)

  • Research position
2017-2021    Research director of Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) project, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan
2017.07-present    Affiliated member of University Research Priority Program Global Change and Biodiversity (URPP GCB), University of Zurich, Switzerland (host: Prof. Kentaro K. Shimizu)
2016-2020  Affiliated scientist, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan
2016-2017    Postdoctoral Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (advisor: Dr. Atsushi J. Nagano)
2015-2016    Research Fellowship for PhD students (DC2), JSPS, Japan
2013-2014    Research Assistant of Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan

  • Teaching experience
2019.04-2019.05  External Lecturer of Basic Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Ryukoku University, Japan
2018.07-2018.08  International Biology Undergraduate Summer School (BUSS) 2018, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2017.07-2017.08  BIO378 (Research Practical in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics), University of Zurich, Switzerland
2013.09-2015.01  External Teaching Assistant of Basic Programing, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ryukoku University, Japan

  1. Sato Y, Tezuka A, Kashima M, Deguchi A, Shimizu-Inatsugi R, Yamazaki M, Shimizu KK*, Nagano AJ* (2019) Transcriptional variation in glucosinolate biosynthetic genes and inducible responses to aphid herbivory on field-grown Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Genetics 10:787 [Open Access: Link] *Co-corresponding authors
  2. Sato Y, Shimizu-Inatsugi R, Yamazaki M, Shimizu KK*, Nagano AJ* (2019) Plant trichomes and a single gene GLABRA1 contribute to insect community composition on field-grown Arabidopsis thaliana. BMC Plant Biology 19:163 [Open Access: Link*Co-corresponding authors
  3. Sato Y (2018) Associational effects and the maintenance of polymorphism in plant defense against herbivores: review and evidence. Plant Species Biology 33(2):91-108. [featured by a cover photoLink;Postprint]
  4. Nakadai R*, Hashimoto K*, Iwasaki T, Sato Y (2018) Geographical co-occurrence of butterfly species: the importance of niche filtering by host plant species. Oecologia 186(4):995–1005. [featured by a cover photoLink*Equal contribution
  5. Sakata Y, Sato Y (2017) Evolutionary ecology of plant defense: integrating different spatial scales within and among species (in Japanese). Japanese Journal of Ecology 67(3):287-306. [Link]
  6. Sato Y*, Ito K*, Kudoh H (2017) Optimal foraging by herbivores maintains polymorphism in defence in a natural plant population. Functional Ecology 31(12):2233-2243. [Link:Postprint*Equal contribution 
  7. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2017) Herbivore-mediated interaction promotes the maintenance of trichome dimorphism through negative frequency-dependent selectionThe American Naturalist 190(3):E67-E77. [Link:PDF]
  8. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2017) Fine-scale frequency differentiation along a herbivory gradient in the trichome dimorphism of a wild ArabidopsisEcology and Evolution 7(7):2133-2141. [Open Access: Link]
  9. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2016) Presence of substitute diets alters plant resistance to specialist and generalist herbivores: a meta-analysis. Ecosphere 7(11):e01446 [Open AccessLink]
  10. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2016) Associational effects against a leaf beetle mediate a minority advantage in defense and growth between hairy and glabrous plants. Evolutionary Ecology 30(1):137-154. [Link:Postprint]
  11. Sato Y, Sato S (2015) Spring temperature predicts the long-term molting phenology of two cicadas, Cryptotympana facialis and Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 108(4):494-500. [Link:Postprint]
  12. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2015) Tests of associational defence provided by hairy plants for glabrous plants of Arabidopsis halleri subsp. gemmifera against insect herbivores. Ecological Entomology 40(3):269-279. [Link:Postprint]
  13. Sato Y, Kudoh H* (2014) Fine-scale genetic differentiation of a temperate herb: relevance of local environments and demographic change. AoB PLANTS 6:plu070. [Open Access: Link*Corresponding author
  14. Sato Y, Kawagoe T, Sawada Y, Hirai MY, Kudoh H (2014) Frequency-dependent herbivory by a leaf beetle, Phaedon brassicae, on hairy and glabrous plants of Arabidopsis halleri subsp. gemmifera. Evolutionary Ecology 28(3):545-559. [Link:Postprint]
  15. Sato Y, Kudoh H (2013) Relative strength of phenotypic selection on the height and number of flowering-stalks in the rosette annual Cardamine hirsuta (Brassicaceae). Journal of Ecology and Environment 36(3):151-158. [Link:PDF]
  16. Sato Y, Takakura KI, Nishida S, Nishida T (2013) Dominant occurrence of cleistogamous flowers of Lamium amplexicaule in relation to the nearby presence of an alien congener L. purpureumISRN Ecology Article ID:476862. [Link]

  • Awards
  1. Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists, Inoue Foundation for Science (2018)
  2. SSSB Kataoka Award, The Society for the Study of Species Biology (2016)
  3. JSPS Ikushi Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2016) [Link]

  • Grants
  1. JST Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) (2017-2021, 40,000,000JPY)
  2. JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (PD) (2016-2017, 2,700,000JPY)
  3. JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (DC2) (2015-2016,  1,200,000JPY)
  4. JASSO Scholarship (2011-2015, 4,000,000JPY)

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