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707. The Wonder of Superfood "Quinoa" Native to South America

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Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), which has been attracting attention in recent years as a “superfood”, is a miracle crop that can grow in harsh environments, such as area around Uyuni salt flat. In recent years, attention has been focused on the importance of elucidating the mechanism of quinoa's tolerance to harsh environments from the viewpoint of adaptation to climate change.

JIRCAS, in collaboration with Kyoto University and others, has succeeded in deciphering the genome of quinoa for the first time in the world. Then from 2020, we have started the SATREPS Bolivia project Strengthening of Resilience in Arid Agro-Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Through Research on Plant Resources and Technological Applications in collaboration with the University of San Andrés (UMSA) and the Andean Agricultural Research and Extension Institute  (PROINPA) on the Bolivian side, and Kyoto University, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology on the Japanese side. The goal of this project is not only to pave the way for improved and higher value-added quinoa lines, but also to gain insight into breeding strategies against climate change by elucidating the mechanism of crop adaptation to severe environmental and climatic conditions.

The SATREPS Symposium: The Wonder of Superfood "Quinoa" Native to South America, will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. In this symposium, Bolivian researchers involved in the project and producers who have started growing quinoa in Hokkaido are invited as lecturers to introduce to the general public the fascinating crops of the Andes Mountains, such as quinoa and potato, and communicate the potential of quinoa as a food for the future.

We look forward to your participation !

SATREPS Symposium: The Wonder of Superfood "Quinoa" Native to South America

Organizer : SATREPS Bolivia Project, JIRCAS
Co-organizer :  Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Date : February 7 (Tue), 2023, 15:00-19:00 (JST)
Venue : Lecture Hall 25, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine / Online streaming (Zoom)
Language : Japanese (Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into Japanese)
Fee : Lecture session (Free), Reception (2000 yen/person)

Lecture Session   15:00 ~ 17:15 (about 20 min for each presentation)

Opening Remarks
〇 Bolivia, Quinoa and the SATREPS Project
 NAGATOSHI Yukari, Senior Researcher, JIRCAS
〇 Diversity and Wonder of Andean Crops
 Wilfredo ROJAS, Representative, La Paz Office, PROINPA
〇 Functional Properties of Quinoa and Introduction of Bolivian Quinoa Cuisine
 Giovanna ALMANZA, Professor, Chemical Research Institute, University of San Andrés
〇 Tokachi Personnel Support Challenge and the Appeal of Quinoa
 KAWADA Toshinori, CEO, Tokachi Kawada Farm
〇 Quinoa Cultivation in Hokkaido
 TAKAHASHI Tomokazu, CEO, Kembuchi Viva Marche Co.
〇 Quinoa Consumer Trend Survey
 KUBOTA Satoko, Associate Professor, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary
〇 Introduction to Quinoa Cuisine
 TSUGAYASU Nobuko, Representative, Nobu Kitchen

Reception 17:30~19:00

Tasting of quinoa dishes and exchange of opinions with speakers
Venue: Kashiwa Plaza, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Registration Deadline: February 3 (Fri), 15:00

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Contributor: NAGATOSHI Yukari (Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division)


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