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Ito T.,Chiba University | Miyamoto H.,Chiba University | Kumagai Y.,Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | Udagawa M.,Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | And 5 more authors.
Journal of bioscience and bioengineering | Year: 2016

Recently, we reported that the oral administration of an extract of compost fermented with marine animal resources and thermophilic Bacillus species should confer health benefits in fish, pigs and rodents. Herein, the relations between fecundity and gut metabolites in laying hens and pigs on farms after oral exposure to compost were investigated. On the hen farms, the egg production of hens continuously administered the extract was maintained at significantly higher levels compared with the hens not administered the extract. On the swine farms, after the compost treatment, the shipping dates of fattening pigs were shortened, with an improvement in the death rate of the pigs. When the levels of fecal organic acids, such as short-chain fatty acids, lactate, and ammonium, as indicators of gut metabolism and energy sources for peripheral tissues, were examined, the levels of the acetate, propionate, and butyrate in the feces of the hens and pigs in the compost-treated group were not always different from those in the untreated control group. However, the levels of lactate were consistently low in the feces of both animals after the compost treatment. The fecal ammonium concentrations in old hens (age 597-672 days) and 2-month-old piglets from the compost-fed mother sows were low when compared with the untreated groups. The concentrations of free organic acids and their related compounds in the animal products (eggs and pig loins) were nearly equal to those in the untreated control products. Thus, the oral administration of the thermophile-fermented compost should improve the fecundity of hens and pigs by modifying their gut metabolism. Copyright © 2015 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Miyamoto H.,Japan Eco science Co. Nikkan Kagaku | Miyamoto H.,Chiba University | Kodama H.,Chiba University | Udagawa M.,Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | And 11 more authors.
Research in Veterinary Science | Year: 2012

Food produced via fermentation with mesophilic bacteria has been used to confer health benefits. In contrast, mammalian physiological responses to the intake of thermophile-fermented products have not been thoroughly investigated. We examined the effects of administering a compost extract consisting of fermented marine animals with thermophiles, including Bacillaceae, to pregnant sows and piglets. Retrospective studies were performed on two different swine farms (n= 330-1050 sows). The rate of stillbirth was markedly lower in all parities of the compost extract-fed group compared to those of the control group (p≦ 0.001). Additionally, the birth to weaning period of newborns was significantly shorter (p< 0.0001), while the ratio of weanlings per liveborn piglets was increased by more than 6.5% in the compost extract-fed group. Thus thermophiles and their products in the compost extract might promote growth and reduce stillbirths of piglets during the birth to weaning period. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


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Japan Eco Science Co., Chiba University, Kanazawa University, National Fisheries University, Miroku Co. and Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | Date: 2013-02-13

To provide a mixture, a dissolving solution and a pharmaceutical agent, which contain a thermophilic microorganism to make it possible to regulate a mucous membrane immune system gene cluster and metabolism-related gene clusters of the intestines and the liver. Each of them is prepared by fermentation of an organic material containing a thermophilic microorganism at a temperature of 50 C or more and 90 C or less. By being administered to the animal, it regulates at least one of a mucous membrane immune system gene cluster, a metabolism-related gene cluster in the intestines, and a metabolism-related gene cluster in the liver of the animal. The microorganism includes at least one species of the genus Bacillus, Oceanobacillus, Paenibacillus, Anoxybacillus, Lysinibacillus, Methanopyrus, Geogemma, Pyrolobus, Pyrodictium, Hyperthermus, Pyrococcus, Pyrobaculum, Thermococcus, Aeropyrum, Aquifex, Thermotoga, Thermodesulfobacterium, Thermus, Geobacillus, and Thermomyces.


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Japan Eco Science Co., Chiba University, Kanazawa University, National Fisheries University, Miroku Co. and Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-07-09

To provide a mixture, a dissolving solution and a pharmaceutical agent, which contain a thermophilic microorganism to make it possible to regulate a mucous membrane immune system gene cluster and metabolism-related gene clusters of the intestines and the liver. Each of them is prepared by fermentation of an organic material containing a thermophilic microorganism at a temperature of 50 C. or more and 90 C. or less. By being administered to the animal, it regulates at least one of a mucous membrane immune system gene cluster, a metabolism-related gene cluster in the intestines, and a metabolism-related gene cluster in the liver of the animal. The microorganism includes at least one species of the genus Bacillus, Oceanobacillus, Paenibacillus, Anoxybacillus, Lysinibacillus, Methanopyrus, Geogemma, Pyrolobus, Pyrodictium, Hyperthermus, Pyrococcus, Pyrobaculum, Thermococcus, Aeropyrum, Aquifex, Thermotoga, Thermodesulfobacterium, Thermus, Geobacillus, and Thermomyces.


PubMed | Keiyo Plant Engineering Co., National Fisheries University, Chiba University and Miroku Co.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of bioscience and bioengineering | Year: 2016

Recently, a compost fermented with marine animals with thermophilic Bacillaceae in a clean and exclusive process at high temperature was reported as a possible feed additive to improve the healthy balance in sea fish and mammals (i.e., pigs and rodents). Here, the effects of the oral administration of the compost on the muscle and internal organs of carp (Cyprinus carpio) as a freshwater fish model were investigated. The fatty acid composition was different in the muscle of the carp fed with or without the compost extract, but there was little difference in the hepatopancreas. The accumulation of triacylglycerols, cholesterol, lipid peroxide and hydroxyl lipids decreased in the muscle after the oral administration of the compost extract in the carps over 12 weeks, but the accumulation did not always decrease in the hepatopancreas. In contrast, free-radical-scavenging activities and the concentrations of free amino acids in the muscle did not always increase and was dependent on the dose of the compost at 12 weeks. The scavenging activities and part of free amino acid levels in the muscle of the carp were improved at 24 weeks after a high dose of compost exposure, and then the survival rates of the carp were maintained. Thus, the oral administration of thermophile-fermented compost can prevent peroxidation and increase the content of free amino acids in the muscle of the freshwater fish, depending on the dose and term of the administration, and may be associated with the viability of the fish.


Maruyama Y.,Chiba University | Ito T.,Chiba University | Ito T.,Keiyo Plant Engineering Co. | Kodama H.,Chiba University | Matsuura A.,Chiba University
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016

The chronological lifespan of Saccharomyces cerevisiae represents the duration of cell survival in the postdiauxic and stationary phases. Using a prototrophic strain derived from the standard auxotrophic laboratory strain BY4742, we showed that supplementation of nonessential amino acids to a synthetic defined (SD) medium increases maximal cell growth and extends the chronological lifespan. The positive effects of amino acids can be reproduced by modulating the medium pH, indicating that amino acids contribute to chronological longevity in a cell-extrinsic manner by alleviating medium acidification. In addition, we showed that the amino acid-mediated effects on extension of chronological longevity are independent of those achieved through a reduction in the TORC1 pathway, which is mediated in a cell-intrinsic manner. Since previous studies showed that extracellular acidification causes mitochondrial dysfunction and leads to cell death, our results provide a path to premature chronological aging caused by differences in available nitrogen sources. Moreover, acidification of culture medium is generally associated with culture duration and cell density; thus, further studies are required on cell physiology of auxotrophic yeast strains during the stationary phase because an insufficient supply of essential amino acids may cause alterations in environmental conditions. © 2016 Maruyama et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Ishikawa K.,Chiba University | Ohmori T.,Chiba University | Miyamoto H.,Chiba University | Miyamoto H.,Japan Eco science Co. Nikkan Kagaku | And 6 more authors.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology | Year: 2013

NO 3 - is a major nitrogen source for plant nutrition, and plant cells store NO 3 - in their vacuoles. Here, we report that a unique compost made from marine animal resources by thermophiles represses NO 3 - accumulation in plants. A decrease in the leaf NO 3 - content occurred in parallel with a decrease in the soil NO 3 - level, and the degree of the soil NO 3 - decrease was proportional to the compost concentration in the soil. The compost-induced reduction of the soil NO 3 - level was blocked by incubation with chloramphenicol, indicating that the soil NO 3 - was reduced by chloramphenicol-sensitive microbes. The compost-induced denitrification activity was assessed by the acetylene block method. To eliminate denitrification by the soil bacterial habitants, soil was sterilized with γ irradiation and then compost was amended. After the 24-h incubation, the N2O level in the compost soil with presence of acetylene was approximately fourfold higher than that in the compost soil with absence of acetylene. These results indicate that the low NO 3 - levels that are often found in the leaves of organic vegetables can be explained by compost-mediated denitrification in the soil. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Provided are a functional microbial material and a method for producing a fermentation product, wherein the functional microbial material and the fermentation product are environment-friendly and improve the quality of crops. The present invention relates to a microbial material and a method for producing a fermentation product wherein the microbial material and the fermentation product are obtained by fermentation of a fermentation raw material including a plant-derived raw material and an animal-derived raw material using a population of microorganisms including a plurality of species of thermophilic microorganisms, and lead to a remedy for soil and water pollution and to the inhibition of greenhouse gas generation, as well as contribute to improvements in the functionality of plants, particularly the expression of genes involved in biophylaxis and resistant to high-temperature disorder, and an increase in antioxidant components. Quality enhancement of plants is promoted without genetic recombination, using a population of microorganisms that have a function to restore the environment and a function as an elicitor for the plant. Further, burdens on the natural environment are maintained and restored through normal production activities.


PubMed | Chiba University, Keiyo Plant Engineering Co., Sermas Co. and Miroku Co.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of bioscience and bioengineering | Year: 2016

Recently, we reported that the oral administration of an extract of compost fermented with marine animal resources and thermophilic Bacillus species should confer health benefits in fish, pigs and rodents. Herein, the relations between fecundity and gut metabolites in laying hens and pigs on farms after oral exposure to compost were investigated. On the hen farms, the egg production of hens continuously administered the extract was maintained at significantly higher levels compared with the hens not administered the extract. On the swine farms, after the compost treatment, the shipping dates of fattening pigs were shortened, with an improvement in the death rate of the pigs. When the levels of fecal organic acids, such as short-chain fatty acids, lactate, and ammonium, as indicators of gut metabolism and energy sources for peripheral tissues, were examined, the levels of the acetate, propionate, and butyrate in the feces of the hens and pigs in the compost-treated group were not always different from those in the untreated control group. However, the levels of lactate were consistently low in the feces of both animals after the compost treatment. The fecal ammonium concentrations in old hens (age 597-672 days) and 2-month-old piglets from the compost-fed mother sows were low when compared with the untreated groups. The concentrations of free organic acids and their related compounds in the animal products (eggs and pig loins) were nearly equal to those in the untreated control products. Thus, the oral administration of the thermophile-fermented compost should improve the fecundity of hens and pigs by modifying their gut metabolism.


Provided are a functional microbial material and a method for producing a fermentation product, wherein the functional microbial material and the fermentation product are environment-friendly and improve the quality of crops. The present invention relates to a microbial material and a method for producing a fermentation product wherein the microbial material and the fermentation product are obtained by fermentation of a fermentation raw material including a plant-derived raw material and an animal-derived raw material using a population of microorganisms including a plurality of species of thermophilic microorganisms, and lead to a remedy for soil and water pollution and to the inhibition of greenhouse gas generation, as well as contribute to improvements in the functionality of plants, particularly the expression of genes involved in biophylaxis and resistant to high-temperature disorder, and an increase in antioxidant components. Quality enhancement of plants is promoted without genetic recombination, using a population of microorganisms that have a function to restore the environment and a function as an elicitor for the plant. Further, burdens on the natural environment are maintained and restored through normal production activities.

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