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Education and Professional Experience

2004 Degree in Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2006 MSc degree in Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2009 Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2011-2012     Postdoctoral research fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
2014-2017 Postdoctoral research fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2017- Postdoctoral research fellow, National Chao-Tung University

Invited talks

  1. Tanahashi M., Kubota K., Hosoya T., Fukatsu T. Discovery of mycangia and symbiotic yeasts in stag beetles and their association with oviposition preference on decaying wood. 7th Symposium and Workshop on the Conservation of Saproxylic Beetles. Keynote speech, 12 May 2012. Granada - Spain.

  2. (Japanese)
  3. 棚橋薫彦「クワガタムシの菌嚢と共生酵母」昆虫共生酵母研究会第1回シンポジウム.2015年6月1日.島根大学.
  4. 棚橋薫彦「実は奥深いクワガタムシと酵母の共生関係~形態、行動、分子からゲノムまで~」日本応用動物昆虫学会第59回大会小集会. 2015年3月27日.山形大学.
  5. 棚橋薫彦「マルカメムシの必須共生細菌の伝達を担う『カプセルタンパク質』」.日本進化学会第15回大会シンポジウム「進化的原動力としての共生」. 2013年8月30日.筑波大学.
  6. 棚橋薫彦「楽しい共生? クワガタムシが運ぶ酵母」個体群生態学会シンポジウム.2011年10月16日.岡山大学.

Research Projects and Fundings

  1. Project: Functional analysis of insect-fungal symbiosis in wood feeding Scarabaeoidea beetles.
    PI: Masahiko Tanahashi
    Funding agency: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
    Duration: 2014-2016
  2. Biomass conversion of thinning wood by saproxylic insects.
    PI: Masahiko Tanahashi
    Funding agency: The Japan Science Society (JSS)
    Duration: 2010
  3. Synergetic effect of wood-boring insects and their gut microorganisms on carbon dioxide emissions from dead wood in the forest ecosystem.
    PI: Masahiko Tanahashi
    Funding agency: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
    Duration: 2008-2010


  1. Tanahashi M., Fukatsu T. (2018) Natsumushi: Image measuring software for entomological studies. Entomological Science, in press
  2. Matsuura Y., Moriyama M., Lukasik P., Vanderpool D., Tanahashi M., Meng X. Y., McCutcheon J. P., Fukatsu T. (2018) Recurrent symbiont recruitment from fungal parasites in cicadas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in press
  3. Tanahashi M., Ikeda H., Kubota K. (2018) Elementary budget of stag beetle larvae associated with selective utilization of nitrogen in decaying wood. The Science of Nature 105: 33
  4. Tanahashi M., Kim J. K., Watanabe K., Fukatsu T., Kubota K. (2017) Specificity and genetic diversity of xylose-fermenting Scheffersomyces yeasts associated with small blue stag beetles of the genus Platycerus in East Asia. Mycologia 109(4): 630-642
  5. Hosoya T., Tanahashi M. (2017) New record of Dytiscid beetle (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) from Kuchino-shima Island in the Tokara Islands, the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Elytra, Tokyo, New Series 7(1): 15-16
  6. Anbutsu H., Moriyama M., Nikoh N., Hosokawa T., Futahashi R., Tanahashi M., Meng X. Y., Kuriwada T., Mori N., Oshima K., Hattori M., Fujie M., Satoh N., Maeda T., Shigenobu S., Koga R., Fukatsu T. (2017) Small genome symbiont underlies cuticle hardness in beetles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America 114(40): E8382-E8391
  7. Okude G., Futahashi R., Tanahashi M., Fukatsu T. (2017) Laboratory rearing system for Ischnura senegalensis (Insecta: Odonata) enables detailed description of larval development and morphogenesis in dragonfly. Zoological Science 34(5): 386-397
  8. Nishide Y., Onodera N. T., Tanahashi M., Moriyama M., Koga R., Fukatsu T. (2017) Aseptic rearing procedure for the stinkbug Plautia stali (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) by sterilizing food-derived bacterial contaminants. Applied Entomology and Zoology 52(3): 407-415
  9. Tanahashi M., Meng X. Y., Fukatsu T. (2017) A novel symbiotic ciliate (Ciliophora: Peritrichia) in the hindgut of a stag beetle (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Zoological Science 34(3): 217-222
  10. Hawes C. J., Tanahashi M. (2016) A brief review of mycangia and associated yeast symbionts in British stag beetles. Bulletin de la Soci?t? Royale Belge d'Entomologie 152(2): 174-175
  11. Nishino T., Tanahashi M., Lin C. P., Koga R., Fukatsu T. (2016) Fungal and bacterial endosymbionts of eared leafhoppers of the subfamily Ledrinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) Applied Entomology and Zoology 51(3): 465-477
  12. Moriyama M., Hosokawa T., Tanahashi M., Nikoh N., Fukatsu T. (2016) Suppression of bedbug's reproduction by RNA interference of vitellogenin. PLoS One 11(4): e0153984
  13. Tanahashi M., Hawes C. J. (2016) The presence of a mycangium in European Sinodendron cylindricum (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) and the associated yeast symbionts. Journal of Insect Science 16(1): pii: 76 (1-10)
  14. Fremlin M., Tanahashi M. (2015) Sexually-dimorphic post-eclosion behaviour in the European stag beetle Lucanus cervus (L.) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique Suisse 8: 29-38.
  15. Tanahashi M., Fukatsu T. (2015) Specialized mycangial structure and host behabior for vertical transmission of symbiotic yeasts in stag beetles. Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique Suisse 8: 1
  16. Kaiwa N., Hosokawa T., Nikoh N., Tanahashi M., Moriyama M., Meng X. Y., Maeda T., Yamaguchi K., Shigenobu S., Ito M., Fukatsu. T. (2014) Symbiont-supplemented maternal investment underpinning host's ecological adaptation. Current Biology 24(20): 2465-2470
  17. Tanahashi M. (2014) Female-biased dispersal activity of the river-shore stag beetle, Nicagus japonicus (Nagel), in a disrupted habitat. The Coleopterists Bulletin 68(1): 115-118.
  18. Tanahashi M., Fremlin M. (2013) The mystery of the lesser stag beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus (L.) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) mycangium yeasts. Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists' Society 72 (510): 146-152.
  19. Hosoya T., Tanahashi M., Toki W., Katayama. M. (2013) Scarabaeoidea fauna (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae and Lucanidae) on the uninhabited island, Gaja Island in the Tokara Islands, the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Kogane 14: 133-142
  20. Hosoya T., Tanahashi M., Murai Y. (2013) Records of four Scarabaeoidea beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidae and Lucanidae) from the uninhabited island, Gaja Island in the Tokara Islands, Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Kogane 14: 129-132
  21. Tanahashi M., Kubota K. (2013) Utilization of the nutrients in the soluble and insoluble fractions of fungal mycelium by larvae of the stag beetle, Dorcus rectus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). European Journal of Entomology 110(4): 611-615
  22. Futahashi R., Tanaka K., Tanahashi M., Nikoh N., Kikuchi Y., Lee B. K., Fukatsu T. (2013) Gene expression in gut symbiotic organ of stinkbug affected by extracellular bacterial symbiont. PLoS One 8(5): e0064557
  23. Toki W., Tanahashi M., Togashi K., Fukatsu T. (2012) Fungal farming in a non-social beetle. PLoS One 7(7): e41893,
  24. Hosokawa T., Nikoh N., Koga R., Sato M., Tanahashi M., Meng X. Y., Fukatsu T. (2012) Reductive genome evolution, host-symbiont co-speciation, and uterine transmission of endosymbiotic bacteria in bat flies. The ISME Journal 6(3): 577-587
  25. Futahashi R., Tanaka K., Matsuura Y., Tanahashi M., Kikuchi Y., Fukatsu T. (2010) Laccase2 is required for cuticular pigmentation in stinkbugs. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 41(3): 191-196
  26. Tanahashi M., Kubota K., Matsushita N., Togashi K. (2010) Discovery of mycangium and the associated xylose-fermenting yeasts in stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Naturwissenschaften 97(3): 311-317
  27. Tanahashi M., Togashi K. (2009) Interference competition and cannibalism of Dorcus rectus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) larvae in the laboratory and field. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(3): 301-310
  28. Tanahashi M., Matsushita N., Togashi K. (2009) Are stag beetles fungivorous? Journal of Insect Physiology 55(11): 983-988