Tomoko Okamoto

Assistant professor, Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2021Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Does the evolution of dioecy lead to the diversity of floral scent?
Various angiosperms are pollinated by flying insects. Plants with separate males and females (dioecious plants) need to attract the same insects to both male and female plants to ensure reproduction. One characteristic of the pollinating insects of dioecious plants is that they do not use much olfactory information to visit flowers. In this study, I hypothesize that the floral scent of dioecious plants pollinated by the insects using few floral scent information varies and diversifies between male and female trees.


I will attempt to test my hypothesis using basic methods of flower visitation observation in the field and collection and analysis of flower scent. My research depends on the weather and the season, and I will be defeated by rain and typhoons, but I will not be discouraged and will continue to collect data. I am looking forward to the day when I can present the results of my research.

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