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Tottori University, Faculty of Agriculture    Professor: Satoshi Yamada

Constructing a system that combines aquaculture and agriculture using three stages of groundwater with high concentrations of salt in arid land

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Project Description

In recent years, the global population has increased rapidly and is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Desertification due to climate change is a serious issue, and humanity is facing an unprecedented food crisis. The goal of this project is to construct a revolutionary system that enables fish and crop production by effectively limiting water use in aims to eradicate world hunger. Fish will be cultivated in saltwater, and salt-tolerant crops will be cultured hydoponically using liquid waste that contains nitrogenous compounds in leftover fish feed and fish feces. Salt is removed by using this liquid waste to cultivate open field crops that will reabsorb the salt. This method is already applied in farming models in Mexico to ship fish and crops to markets. Here, we will examine the use of groundwater that contains higher salt content and aim for the potential use of seawater in the future. [No. R19-0010]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2019 Research Grants List (PDF 508KB)

Resource Circulation
Grant year
FY2019 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years (April 2020 to March 2023)
Grant amount
Activity region
Tottori Prefecture, Mexico
Harvesting hydroponically grown crops of halophilic Swiss chard

Overview of the Organization

Professor: Satoshi Yamada
Project organization
Tottori University, Faculty of Agriculture
Professor: Satoshi Yamada
Specialist field: Plant Nutrition
Affiliated academic societies: The Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition and the Japanese Society of Sand Dune Research
September 1996: Graduated Hokkaido University with a doctorate degree in agriculture
October 1996: Short term expert, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
April 1997: Assistant, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University
September 2005: Assistant professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University
April 2007: Associate professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University
April 2017: Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University
Research record
Satoshi Yamada, Atsushi Takeoka and Masuo Yamanouchi: 22Na+ and 36Cl- mobility in salinized excised leaf of several crop plants. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 48:23-29 2002.2
Satoshi Yamada, Mitsuru Osaki, Takuro Shinano, Mina Yamada, Miyoko Ito, and Asep Tata Permata: Effect of potassium nutrition on current photosynthesized carbon distribution to carbon and nitrogen compounds among rice, soybean, and sunflower. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 25:1957-1973 2002.9
Murillo-Amador,B., S. Yamada, T. Yamaguchi, E. Rueda-Puente, N. Avila-Serrano, J. L. Garcia-Hernandez, R. Lopez-Aguilar, E. Troyo-Dieguez and A. Nieto-Garibay:Influence of calcium silicate on growth, physi- ological parameters and mineral nutrition in two legume species under salt stress. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 193:413-421 2007.8
Nagisa Kudo, Satoshi Yamada, Juan Larrinaga-Mayoral and Hideyasu Fujiyama: Responses of crops to soil salinization in South Baja California, Mexico. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 31:1800-1810 2008.10
Takagi, Hiroshi. and Yamada, Satoshi*: Roles of enzymes in anti-oxidative response system on three species of chenopodiaceous halophytes under NaCl—stress condition. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 59:603-611 2013.9
Hiroto Tsuruta, Satoshi Yamada*, Hiroko Tanabe, Saori Kamoto, Nozomu Masuzaki, Yinli Liang, Koji Inosako, Tsugiyuki Masunaga, Hideyasu Fujiyama:Relationship between transportation of ascorbic acid and anti-oxidative response of cucumber plant under drought stress. Sand Dune Research, 62:11-20 2015.6
Hiroto Tsuruta, Satoshi Yamada*, Yinli Liang, Koji Inosako, Tsugiyuki Masunaga, Hideyasu Fujiyama: Effect of reduced irrigation on growth, nutrient uptake and fruit quality of vinyl house-cultivated cucumber. Sand Dune Research, 62 :55-66 2015.11
Yamada, S., Yamaguchi, T., López, A.R.D., Larrinaga, M. J. Á. and Fujiyama, H.: Characteristics of Na, K, Ca, Mg and P absorption in kochia plant (Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.) under salinity stress. Sand Dune Research, 63:1-8 2016.7
Tanaka, H., Yamada, S.*, Masunaga, T., Yamamoto, S., Tsuji, W. and Murillo-A., B..: Comparison of nutrient uptake and antioxidative response among four Labiatae herb species under salt stress condition. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 64:589-597 2018.7
María del Carmen Mercado Guido, Hideki Tanaka, Kei Yokoyama, Sadahiro Yamamoto, Tsugiyuki Masunaga, Wataru Tsuji and Satoshi Yamada*: Selective Absorption and Transport of K over Na as Salinity Tolerant Mechanism in Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) Plants. Sand Dune Research,66:1-8 2018.9
María del Carmen Mercado Guido, Hideki Tanaka, Tsugiyuki Masunaga, Wataru Tsuji, Sadahiro Yamamoto, Bernardo Murillo Amador and Satoshi Yamada*: Salinity tolerance mechanism and its difference among varieties in rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) - Nutritional status of eight rosemary varieties under salt conditions -. Sand Dune Research,66:47-56 2018.9
ME. Kaburagi, M. Yamada, T. Baba, H. Fujiyama, B. Murillo-Amador and S. Yamada: Aquaponics Using Saline Groundwater: Effect of adding microelements to fish wastewater on the growth of Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris L. spp. cicla). Agricultural Water Management,227:105851 2020.1
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