Yu Kaneko

  • Title Associate Professor
  • Department Applied Biology and Food Sciences
  • Course Plant Protection and Environment Course
  • Research Field Insect Physiology
  • E-mail yukaneko [at]
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  • Phone +81-172-39-3818


The class of Insecta of which any insects are member is largest class of animal kingdom. Insects live in overall the earth except the deep ocean. It means that the habitats of a number of insect species are nearby human living area. A number of insect species live in our living area, and some of them become the pest for us. But many insects are beneficial for us. Therefore, we need to know about them to live with them.

Research Theme

Major research topics

1)Juvenile hormone production: Juvenile hormones are insect specific hormones. It regulates metamorphosis, diapause, reproduction, caste determination and other various physiological events. Juvenile hormones synthesis ways are target of insecticides.

2)Molecular mechanisms of Pupal commitement.

3) Molecular mechanisms of cell death at pupal metamorphosis.

Education & Appointments

Hirosaki university, Hirosaki (2006-present)

 Assistant Professor (2012-present)

 Researcher (2006-2011)


Doctor of Science, Kanazawa university, Kanazawa (2006)


Suang, S., T. Singtripop, K. Hiruma, Y. Kaneko, Chantawannakul, K. Hiruma, Y. Kaneko, M. Manaboon. Cloning and Developmental Expression of Methoprene-tolerant (Met) in Diapausing Larvae of Bamboo Borer, Omphisa fuscidentalis Hampson. Chiang Mai J. Sci. in press.

Suang, S., M. Manaboon, T. Singtripop, K. Hiruma, Y. Kaneko, P. Tiansawat, P. Neumann, P. Chantawannakul. Larval diapause termination in the bamboo borer, Omphisa fuscidentalis. PLoS ONE, 12, (4): e0174919, 2017.

Kaneko, Y., Hiruma, K. : Allatotropin inhibits juvenile hormone biosynthesis by the corpora allata of adult Bombyx mori. J. Insect Physiol. 80:15-21, 2015.

Suphawan, S., Manaboon, M., Chantawannakul, P., Tippawan, S., Hiruma, K., Kaneko, Y. : Molecular cloning, developmental expression and tissue distribution of diapause hormone and pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide in the bamboo borer Omphisa fuscidentalis. Physiol. Entomol. 40: 247-256, 2015.

Kaneko, Y., Hiruma, H.: Short neuropeptide F (sNPF) is a stage-specific suppressor for juvenile hormone biosynthesis by corpora allata, and a critical factor for the initiation of insect metamorphosis. Dev. Biol., 393, 312-319.

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1.22.2019 update

Yu Kaneko