Hisashi Oomura

Last Updated :2021/04/05

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Associate Professor
E-mail
homurahiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
My research field is chemical ecology of lepidopteran insects, with butterflies as the main materials. We investigate the structure and function of semiochemicals (pheromones and allelochemicals) that control specific behaviors such as egg-laying and mating, and discuss their ecological and evolutionary significance.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 1995/04/01, 1997/01/31, KUNIMINE INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., Research Div. / Import-Export Div.
  • 2000/11/01, 2006/03/31, Hiroshima University, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Research Assistant
  • 2006/04/01, 2007/03/31, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Research Assistant
  • 2007/04/01, 2010/03/31, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biosphere Sciences, Research associate

Educational Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School, Division of Biophere Sciences, Japan, 1997/04, 2000/03
  • Hiroshima University, Faculty of General Science, Japan, 1989/04, 1993/03

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Hiroshima University
  • Master, Hiroshima University

Educational Activity

  • 【Bachelor Degree Program】School of Applied Biological Science : Department of Applied Biological Science
  • 【Master's Program】Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science
  • 【Doctoral Program】Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science

Research Fields

  • Agricultural sciences;Boundary agriculture;Insect science

Research Keywords

  • Chemical Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ethology
  • Insect Physiology
  • Semiochemical
  • butterfly

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • West Japan Associations of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 2017
  • Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecology, 2001
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology, 2002
  • Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 1994
  • Entomological Society of Japan, 2000

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2021, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 3Term, Organic Chemistry
  2. 2021, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Basic Laboratory Work in Chemistry
  3. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Bioresource Utilization Science
  4. 2021, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in Molecular Agro-life Science I
  5. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Chemistry of natural organic compounds
  6. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Bio-Analytical Science
  7. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Reading of Foreign Literature in Molecular Agro-Life Science
  8. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  9. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  10. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 4Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  11. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Research Methods in Life Science
  12. 2021, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , 1Term, Research Plans in Life Science
  13. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 1Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  14. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Academic Year, Research for Academic Degree Dissertation in Food andAgriLife Science
  15. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Bioactive Natural Products Chemistry I
  16. 2021, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 4Term, Bioactive Natural Products Chemistry II

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Variation in cuticular lipid profiles of black butterflies of the genus Papilio in Japan, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 96(3), 104265, 20210324
  2. ★, The male swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polytes, uses cuticular hydrocarbons for mate discrimination, Animal Behaviour, 170, 133-145, 20201118
  3. Asaroidoxazines from the Roots of Asarum asaroides Induce Apoptosis in Human Neuroblastoma Cells, JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS, 83(10), 3050-3057, 20201023
  4. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry data for sulfated isoguanine glycosides, DATA IN BRIEF, 28, 202002
  5. Rare sulfated purine alkaloid glycosides from Bruchidius dorsalis pupal case, Phytochemistry Letters, 35, 10-14, 20200201
  6. NMR and ESIMS data for bisabolane-type sesquiterpenoids, DATA IN BRIEF, 27, 201912
  7. Norbisabolane and bisabolane sesquiterpenoids from the seeds of Angelica keiskei, PHYTOCHEMISTRY LETTERS, 33, 94-101, 201910
  8. A cyanogenic glucoside of Trifolium repens deters oviposition by the common grass yellow Eurema mandarina, Physiological Entomology, 44(3-4), 222-229, 20191105
  9. Quantitative assay of targeted proteome in tomato trichome glandular cells using a large-scale selected reaction monitoring strategy, Plant Methods, 15, 40, 20190424
  10. The role of N,N,N-trimethylglycine in oviposition of Eurema mandarina on Albizia julibrissin, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 45(4), 371-377, 20190422
  11. Challenges for application of plant growth promoting bacteria, Soil Microorganisms, 73(1), 5-9, 201904
  12. Response of neutrophilic Shewanella violacea to acid stress: growth rate, organic acid production, and gene expression, Extremophiles, 23(3), 319-326, 20190411
  13. Absence of cuticular alkenes allows lycaenid larvae to avoid predation by Formica japonica ants, Entomological Science, 22(2), 126-136, 20190411
  14. Oxygenated sesquiterpenoids characteristic of a male lycaenid butterfly Lycaeides argyrognomon praeterinsularis, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 81, 109-111, 201812
  15. HPLC profiles and spectroscopic data of cassane-type furanoditerpenoids, Data in Brief, 21, 1076-1078, 201812
  16. Hydroxylated furanoditerpenoids from pupal cases produced by the bruchid beetle Sulcobruchus sauteri inside the seeds of Caesalpinia decapetala, Phytochemistry, 156, 151-158, 201812
  17. Mitochondrial DNA and cuticular hydrocarbon analyses of Lethe diana (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae) inhabiting Mikura Island, Japan, Lepidoptera Science, 69(2), 49-52, 201810
  18. Sulfated purine alkaloid glycosides from the pupal case built by the brucid beetle Bruchidius dorsalis inside the seed of Gleditsia japonica, Chemistry & Biodiversity, 15(8), e1800154, 201808
  19. Behavioral change by mating in white small butterfly Pieris rapae, Agricultural Biotechnology, 2(6), 561-565, 201806
  20. Effects of mating on host selection by female small white butterflies Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-NEUROETHOLOGY SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY, 204(2), 245-255, 201802
  21. New prenylated ortho-dihydroxycoumarins from the fruits of Ficus nipponica, Chemistry & Biodiversity, 14(9), e1700196, 201709
  22. Ficusnotins A-F: Rare diarylbutanoids from the leaves of Ficus nota, Phytochemistry, 141, 98-104, 201709
  23. Volatile compounds from a Parnassiinae butterfly, Luehdorfia japonica (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae), Lepidoptera Science, 68(2), 61-64, 20170831
  24. Multisensory integration in Lepidoptera: Insights into flower-visitor interactions, Bioessays, 39(4), 1600086, 201704
  25. Production and sex-pheromonal activity of alkaloid-derived androconial compounds in the danaine butterfly, Parantica sita (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Danainae), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(12), 1036-1059, 201612
  26. D-Pinitol in Fabaceae: an oviposition stimulant for the common grass yellow butterfly, Eurema mandarina, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 42(11), 1122-1129, 201611
  27. Volatile terpenoids from male wings lacking scent scales in Anthocharis scolymus (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 51(3), 385-392, 201609
  28. Structure revision of caesalpinistas A and B and isolation of a new furanoditerpenoid from the cotyledons of Caesalpinia decapetala var. japonica, Helvetica Chimica Acta, 99(2), 133-137, 201602
  29. Cassane diterpenoids from the roots of Caesalpinia decapetala var. japonica and structure revision of caesaljapin, Phytochemistry, 121(1), 50-57, 201601
  30. New oxygenated himachalenes in male-specific odor of the Chinese windmill butterfly, Byasa alcinous alcinous, Natural Product Research, 30(4), 406-411, 201601
  31. Semiochemical-mediated mating behavior in butterflies, Nature and Insect, 50(9), 4-8, 201508
  32. Morphological study of alar androconia in Celastrina butterflies, Entomological Science, 18(3), 353-359, 201507
  33. Plant scents modify innate colour preference in foraging swallowtail butterflies, Biology Letters, 11(7), 201506
  34. Male-specific epicuticular compounds of the sulfur butterfly Colias erate poliographus (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 50(2), 191-199, 201505
  35. Difference in the odors emitted by male adults of two subspecies of the swallowtail butterfly Byasa alcinous (Papilionidae), Lepidoptera Science, 66(1), 15-18, 201505
  36. Two lactones in the androconial scent of the lycaenid butterfly Celastrina argiolus ladonides, Naturwissenschaften, 100(4), 373-377, 201304
  37. Allelochemicals in Plant-Insect Interactions, Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, 201311
  38. Cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of Lycaeides subsolanus larvae and their attendant ants, Lepidoptera Science, 63(4), 186-190, 201212
  39. Procurement of exogenous ammonia by the swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polytes, for protein biosynthesis and sperm production, Naturwissenschaften, 99(9), 695-703, 201209
  40. The scent substances involved in food selection of adult butterflies, 255, 73-82, 201209
  41. Sexual dimorphism in scent substances and cuticular lipids of adult Papilio protenor butterflies, Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung C, 67(5-6), 331-341, 201206
  42. D-Pinitol as a key oviposition stimulant for sulfur butterfly, Colias erate: chemical basis for female acceptance of host- and non-host plants, Chemoecology, 22(1), 55-63, 201203
  43. Synergistic or Antagonistic Modulation of Oviposition Response of Two Swallowtail Butterflies, Papilio maackii and P. protenor, to Phellodendron amurense by Its Constitutive Prenylated Flavonoid, Phellamurin, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 37(6), 575-581, 201106
  44. Pungent odor of the adult skipper butterfly Erynnis montanus (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 46(2), 281-286, 201105
  45. Plant-Insect interactions mediated by floral scents, 49(5), 313-319, 201105
  46. Divergent behavioral and electrophysiological taste responses in the mid-legs of adult butterflies, Vanessa indica and Argyreus hyperbius, Journal of Insect Physiology, 57(1), 118-126, 201101
  47. Behavioral and electroantennographic responsiveness of adult butterflies of six nymphalid species to food-derived volatiles, Chemoecology, 19(4), 227-234, 200912
  48. Cuticular hydrocarbons of larva and pupa of Reverdin's blue, Lycaeides argyrognomon (Lycaenidae) and its tending ants, Transactions of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan, 60(3), 203-210, 200909
  49. Tolerance to fermentation products in sugar reception: gustatory adaptation of adult butterfly proboscis for feeding on rotting foods, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 194(6), 545-555, 200805
  50. Fluorescent pupal secretion of the papilionid butterfly, Luehdorfia japonica, Transactions of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan, 59(2), 165-170, 200803
  51. Appraisal of the acceptability of subtropical rutaceous plants a swallowtail butterfly, Papilio protenor demetrius (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 42(1), 121-128, 200702
  52. Major components in the hairpencil secretion of a butterfly, Euploea mulciber (Lepidoptera, Danaidae): Their origins and male behavioral responses to pyrrolizidine alkaloids, Journal of Insect Physiology, 52(10), 1043-1053, 200610
  53. From terpenoids to aliphatic acids: further evidence for late-instar switch in osmeterial defense as a characteristic trait of swallowtail butterflies in the tribe Papilionini, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32(9), 1999-2012, 200609
  54. Foraging behavior of adult butterflies and its semiochemicals as olfactory signals, 23(3), 134-142, 200609
  55. Chemical composition of volatile substances from adults of the swallowtail, Papilio polytes (Lepidoptera : Papilionidae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 40(3), 421-427, 200508
  56. Differential utilization of pyrrolizidine alkaloids by males of a danaid butterfly, Parantica sita, for the production of danaidone in the alar scent organ, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 31(4), 959-964, 200504
  57. Priority of color over scent during flower visitation by adult Vanessa indica butterflies, Oecologia, 142(4), 588-596, 200502
  58. Conduritols as oviposition stimulants for the danaid butterfly, Parantica sita, identified from a host plant, Marsdenia tomentosa, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 30(11), 2285-2296, 200411
  59. Feeding responses of adult butterflies, Nymphalis xanthomelas, Kaniska canace and Vanessa indica, to components in tree sap and rotting fruits: synergistic effects of ethanol and acetic acid on sugar responsiveness, Journal of Insect Physiology, 49(11), 1031-1038, 200311
  60. Oviposition stimulants for the tropical swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polytes, feeding on a rutaceous plant, Toddalia asiatica, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 29(7), 1621-1634, 200307
  61. Studies of the visual, olfactory and gustatory stimuli that release the foraging behavior of adult butterflies, 21, 39-46, 200204
  62. 2-Nitroethenylbenzenes as natural products in millipede defense secretions, Naturwissenschaften, 89(7), 308-310, 200206
  63. 1-Octen-3-ol together with geosmin: new secretion compounds from a polydesmid millipede, Niponia nodulosa, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 28(12), 2595-2606, 200205
  64. Species-specific chemical compositions of defense secretions from Parafontaria tonominea Attems and Riukiaria semicircularis semicircularis Takakuwa (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 37(1), 73-78, 200202
  65. Is androconial secretion of Pieris napi (Lepidoptera, Pieridae) chemically dimorphic?, Transactions of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan, 52(4), 309-312, 200109
  66. Sequestration of phenanthroindolizidine alkaloids by an Asclepiadaceae-feeding danaid butterfly, Ideopsis similis, Phytochemistry, 56(7), 697-701, 200104
  67. Identification of odoriferous compounds from adults of a swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon (Lepidoptera : Papilionidae), Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung C, 56(43051), 1126-1134, 2001
  68. Oviposition-stimulatory activity of phenanthroindolizidine alkaloids of host-plant origin to a danaid butterfly, Ideopsis similis, Physiological Entomology, 26(1), 6-10, 200101
  69. Chemical nature of volatile compounds from the valvae and wings of male Delias butterflies (Lepidoptera : Pieridae), Entomological Science, 3(3), 427-432, 200010
  70. Identification of feeding attractants in oak sap for adults of two nymphalid butterflies, Kaniska canace and Vanessa indica, Physiological Entomology, 25(3), 281-287, 200009
  71. Floral scent of Osmanthus fragrans discourages foraging behavior of cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 26(3), 655-666, 200003
  72. The role of floral scent of the cherry tree, Prunus yedoensis, in the foraging behavior of Luehdorfia japonica (Lepidoptera : Papilionidae), Applied Entomology and Zoology, 34(3), 309-313, 199908
  73. ★, Chemical and chromatic bases for preferential visiting by the cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, to rape flowers, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 25(8), 1895-1906, 199908
  74. Flower-visiting behavior of butterflies guided by floral scents, The Nature & Insects, 34(6), 19-23, 199906
  75. Identification of floral volatiles from Ligustrum japonicum that stimulate flower-visiting by cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 24(12), 2167-2180, 199812

Publications such as books

  1. 2018/02, Chemical Ecology of Insects - Applications and Associations with Plants and Microbes (Ed. by Tabata, J), Plant secondary metabolites in host selection of butterfly, CRC Press, 2018, 2, Scholarly Book, Joint work, E, Hisashi Omura, other 16 persons, 9781498769402, 296, 24
  2. 2010/04, Allelochemicals in plant-insect interactions in Comprehensive Natural Products II Chemistry and Biology Volome 4: Chemical Ecology. pp.563-594, Elsevier Science, 2010, 4, Scholarly Book, Cocompilation, English, Honda Keiichi, Omura Hisashi, Hori Masatoshi, Kainoh Yohichi, 9.78E+12, 7388
  3. 2008/10, Advanced Biomimetics Series 3 Insect Mimetics, NTS, 2008, 10, Scholarly Book, Cocompilation, 日本語, 4860431976, 949, 754-761

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Plant chemicals as oviposition sitimulants and deterrents for butterflies, Omura Hisashi, 2017/03/28, With Invitation, Japanese
  2. Sex pheromones of Papilio butterflies: the function of cuticular hydrocarbon in mating behavior, Omura Hisashi, 日本動物学会第86回新潟大会シンポジウム:ショウジョウバエと非モデル昆虫との相違点-化学受容、概日時計、記憶学習をテーマとして-, 2015/09/18, With Invitation, Japanese
  3. A cyanogenic glucoside, linamarin, regulates differential oviposition on white clover by coliadine butterflies, Colias erate and Eurema mandarina, Toshiki Ohashi, Shinji Ohta, Hisashi Omura, The 10th Conference of Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists, 2019/10/12, Without Invitation, English, Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists, Hangzhou, China
  4. Effect of dimethyl disulfide, present in larval frass odors, on host selection by female adults of Pieris rapae, Okumura Yukiko, Tamai, Sota, Fujii Taleshi, Isikawa Yukio, Omura Hisashi, Fujii Taleshi, Isikawa Yukio, the 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, 2018/08/14, Without Invitation, English, International Society of Chemical Ecology, Budapest, Hungary
  5. Effects of mating on host selection of female small white butterfly Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), Yuki Itoh, Yukiko Okumura, Takeshi Itoh, Yukio Ishikawa, Hisashi Omura, The joint meeting of the 33rd annual meeting of the ISCE and the 9th meeting of the APACE, 2017/08/24, Without Invitation, English
  6. D-Pinitol involved in host recognition by common grass yellow, Eurema mandarina, toward leguminous plants, Hisashi Omura, Shin-ya Mukae, Yuika Matsumoto, Toshiki Ohashi, XXV International Congress of Entomology, 2016/09/27, Without Invitation, English, Orlando, Florida, USA
  7. Mating enhances behavioral and antennal responses of female small white butterfly Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) to host plant volatiles, Hisashi Omura, Yuki Itoh, Takeshi Fujii, Yukio Ishikawa, Takeshi Fujii, Ishikawa Yukio, International Society of Chemical Ecology 2015 Conference, 2015/06/29, Without Invitation, English, Stockholm, Sweden
  8. Precopulatory behavior of Papilio xuthus males: contact by forelegs, Hisashi Omura, Taro Noguchi, International Chemical Ecology Conference 2013, 2013, Without Invitation, English

Social Activities

History as Committee Members

  1. Councilor, 2021, 2021, Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists
  2. Editorial board member for Applied Entomology and Zoology, 2021, 2021, Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  3. Board member from Hiroshima Pref., 2021, 2021, West Japan Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  4. Councilor, 2020, 2020, Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists
  5. Associate Editor of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 2020, 2020, Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  6. Chairman, 2020, 2020, West Japan Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  7. Editorial Board Member, 2018, 2019, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  8. Councilor, 2018, 2021, Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecology
  9. councilor, 2017, 2021, Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecology
  10. Editorial Board Member, 2017, 2019, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  11. Vice president of the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Chugoku-branch, 2015, 2015, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Chugoku-branch
  12. Board member of the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Chugoku-branch, 2013, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Chugoku-branch
  13. Editorial board member of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 2012, 2015, The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  14. Alumni association member of the faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences in Hiroshima University, 2000, Alumni association of the faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences in Hiroshima University

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. The 65th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology for 2021, Venue manager and chairperson, 2021/03, 2021/03
  2. The joint meeting of the 33rd annual meeting of the ISCE and the 9th meeting of the APACE, one of the head organizers, 2017/08, 2017/08
  3. 2017/03, 2017/03
  4. 2016/03, 2016/03
  5. 2015/10, 2015/10
  6. 2015/03, 2015/03
  7. 2014/09
  8. 2014/03, 2014/03
  9. 2013/03
  10. 2012/03
  11. 2011/03
  12. 2010/03
  13. 2009/03
  14. 2008/03
  15. 2007/09
  16. 2007/03
  17. 2006/03
  18. 2005/09
  19. 2005/03
  20. 2004/03
  21. 2003/03