Michimasa Yamasaki

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We investigated the biogeographic history of Kalopanax septemlobus, one of the most widespread temperate tree species in East Asia, using a combined phylogeographic and palaeodistribution modelling approach. Range-wide genetic differentiation at nuclear microsatellites (G'(ST) = 0.709; 2205 samples genotyped at five loci) and chloroplast DNA (G(ST) = 0.697;(More)
This study investigated spatio-temporal variation in the leaf area consumed by insect herbivores within a canopy of Fagus crenata, with reference to the light conditions of leaf clusters. There was no clear relationship between photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) and consumed leaf area (CLA) in May, immediately after leaf flush, but CLA decreased with(More)
We attempted to clarify how coastal lands temporarily exposed during the last glacial maximum (LGM) contributed to the northward colonisation of Kalopanax septemlobus (Thunb. ex Murray) Koidzumi during the postglacial period in the Japanese Archipelago. Distribution records in 30-arc-s pixels were related to bioclimate variables using the maximum entropy(More)
The citrus swallowtail, Pa#ilio xuthus LINN~, is widely distributed in Japan and the commonest among swallowtail butterflies in its suburban areas, As the larvae feed on Rutaceae, the present species is a pest of citrus in the suburban areas. However, it never outbreaks and its population is maintained at a low level. Population dynamics of various insect(More)
The ambrosia beetle Platypus quercivorus causes mass mortality of Fagaceae trees in Japan, and tree species differ in their susceptibility to P. quercivorus. We hypothesized that interspecific differences in susceptibility are caused by differences in beetle infestation patterns, that is, how many beetles fly to a tree and how many of those arriving bore(More)
In Japan, rice paddies play an important role as a substitute habitat for wetland species, and support rich indigenous ecosystems. However, since the 1950s, agricultural modernization has altered the rice paddy environment, and many previously common species are now endangered. It is urgently necessary to evaluate rice paddies as habitats for conservation.(More)
A method for obtaining a relative deer population density index with low cost and effort is urgently needed in wildlife protection areas that need their own deer management guidelines. We recorded the number of deer sighted during our daily trips on forest roads by car in Ashiu Forest at Kyoto University, Japan, beginning in 2006. We used generalized(More)
The genetic diversity of bumblebees can be adversely affected by habitat degradation. An overabundance of deer has altered the composition and diversity of herbaceous plants in many places of the world, resulting in decreases of herbaceous flowers. Populations of Bombus diversus may be strongly affected by this degradation of habitat in the Ashiu primary(More)