Ayako Gotoh

Associate Professor,Faculty of Science and Engineering, Konan University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2020Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Long-term sperm storage mechanisms in ant queens
Females of social Hymenoptera mate only at the beginning of their adult lives and produce offspring until their death without additional mating. In most ant species, queens live for over a decade, indicating that ant queens can store large numbers of spermatozoa throughout their long lives, however the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the long-term sperm storage are still mystery. For this project, I focused on microenvironment of the sperm storage site in ant queens. I try to reveal chemical components, such as proteins, carbohydrate substances, ions and lipids, within the sperm storage organ, and then to examine how they effect to sperm physiology.


Thank you very much for accepting the Inamori Research Grant for this research. I will do my utmost to make the best use of the grant and meet your expectations.

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