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Kunio Araya Last modified date:2023.07.02

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Comprehensive Science of Biological Environment Course .
Academic Degree
Dr of Science
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Biodiversity Sciences
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Research Interests
  • Integrated Sciences for Sustainable Human-Aqua Environment
    keyword : Human-Aqua Environment
  • Integrated Sciences for Sustainable Human-Aqua Environment
    keyword : Human-Aqua Environmen
  • Research and Technical Development toward Fulfilling Scientific Knowledge on Conservation of the Endangered Aquatic Insects and Restoration of their Habitats in Satochi (Rural Settlements) in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan
    keyword : Endangered Aquatic Insects、Ryukyu Archipelago、Conservation
  • The development of the ex-situ conservation method for the endangered forest beetles.
    keyword : Ryukyu Archipelago, ex-situ conservation method, endangered forest beetles.
  • Technological development for conservation of saprotrophic insects living in subtropical rainforest
    keyword : conservation, saprotrophic insects, subtropical rainforest
  • Ecological risk assessment and management of domestic invasive species in pet insects
    keyword : domestic invasive species, Risk assessment and management, Pet insects
  • Ecological Risk Assessment of exotic Insects
    keyword : Risk Assessment, exotic Insects
    2009.04~2013.03Invasive alien beetles in Japan..
  • Conservation biology of beetles
    keyword : conservation, beetles, alien species, biodiversity
    2000.01Invasive alien beetles in Japan..
  • Ecological risk assessment on pet insects as native invaders 

    keyword : Native invaders, Ecological Risk Assessment, Pet insects
    2014.04~2016.03Invasive alien beetles in Japan..
  • Molecular phylogeography of the xylophagous insects distributed in relict areas originated from the Gondwanaland
    keyword : Gondwana, relic, xylophagous insects, phylogeography, mitochondrial DNA
  • Natural history of the Scarabaeoid beetles
    keyword : Natural history, Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea evolution
    1989.01Studies on natural history of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea.
  • Natural history of lucanid beetles
    keyword : Lucanidae, Coleoptera, Natural history, evolution
    1985.01Studies on natural history of the family lucanidae..
Current and Past Project
  • Network construction for the establishment of insect inventory in Tropical Asia
Academic Activities
1. Makoto Ehara, Kimihiko Hyakumura, Ren'ya Sato, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kunio Araya, Heng Sokh, Ryo Kohsaka, Addressing Maladaptive Coping Strategies of Local Communities to Changes in Ecosystem Service Provisions Using the DPSIR Framework, Ecological Economics, 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.03.008, 149, 226-238, 2018.07, The Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework has been applied to various environmental problems at multiple spatial and temporal scales and attempts have been made to conceptually improve the framework to encompass various stakeholder perspectives. However, recent literature experiences in the field have challenged the inclusive character of the framework applications. In particular, the framework's inability to incorporate the aggregated informal responses of people affected by changes in ecosystem service provisions has not been fully addressed. This limits the framework's validity in categorizing and disseminating information for addressing particular environmental challenges. Herein, we address this problem by analyzing a case study of deforestation and its impact on non-timber forest product collections by rural residents in Cambodia. We incorporate the concept of maladaptive coping strategies into the DPSIR framework and then further elaborate Ness et al.'s (2010) approach of merging the DPSIR framework with Hägerstrand's (2001) system of nested spatial domains. This conceptualizes the incorporation of the aggregated informal responses into the system, as exemplified in the case study..
2. Yuta Ito, Ayane Harigai, Moe Nakata, Kunio Araya, Hosoya Tadatsugu, Teruyuki Niimi, The role of doublesex in the evolution of exaggerated horns in the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, EMBO REPORTS, 10.1038/embor.2013.50, 14, 6, 561-567, 2013.04, Male‐specific exaggerated horns are an evolutionary novelty and have diverged rapidly via intrasexual selection. Here, we investigated the function of the conserved sex‐determination gene doublesex (dsx) in the Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Trypoxylus dichotomus) using RNA interference (RNAi). Our results show that the sex‐specific T. dichotomus dsx isoforms have an antagonistic function for head horn formation and only the male isoform has a role for thoracic horn formation. These results indicate that the novel sex‐specific regulation of dsx during horn morphogenesis might have been the key evolutionary developmental event at the transition from sexually monomorphic to sexually dimorphic horns..
3. Hosoya, T., Araya,K. and M.Kon. , Phylogenetic relationships of Aulacocyclinae (Coleoptera, Passalidae) inferred from morphological characters. , Elytra, 36, 2008.11.
4. K. Ayaya and H. Yoshitomi, Discovery of the Lucanid Genus Aesalus (Coleoptera) in the Indochina Region, with Description of a New Species., Spec. Bull. Jpn. Soc. Coleopterol., 6: 189-199, 2003.01.
5. Hosoya, T., Honda, M. and Araya, K., Genetic variation of 16S r RNA gene observed in Ceruchus lignarius and Dorcus rectus rectus (Coleoptera, Lucanidae), Entomol. Sci., 4. 335-344, 2001.01.
6. K. Maekawa, M. Kon, K. Araya and T. Matsumoto, Phylogeny and biogeography of wood-feeding cockroaches genus Salganea Stal (Blaberidae: Panesthiinae) in Southeast Asia based on mitchondrial DNA sequences., J. Mol. Evol., 10.1007/s002390010252, 53, 6, 651-659, 53 :651-659, 2001.01.
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1. Kunio Araya, Ecological risk assessment and management of exotic pet insects such as lucanid beetles, Invasive insects in Asia: current research trends and future directions, 2015.02.
2. Kunio Araya, Hosoya Tadatsugu, Phylogeography of four stag beetle groups (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. , 24th International Congress of Entomology , 2012.08.
3. Kunio Araya, Hosoya Tadatsugu, Molecular phylogeny of notable scarabaeoid beetles (Insecta, Coleoptera) distributed in Taiwan and its adjacent areas inferred from the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene sequences with the special reference to the biogeographical history of the Taiwanese mountain fauna. , International Biogeographic Symposium on High Mountain-in memory of Dr. Tadao Kano`s 「Zoogeographical Studies of the Tsugitaka Mountains of Formosa」in the 70th anniversary of publication., 2009.09.
Educational Activities
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  • 2015.07.
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