"Tropical crop genetic resources"
Advancement of tropical crop genetic resources utilization through the development of database, technologies and research networking
JIRCAS maintains diverse genetic resources of sugarcane, indica rice, tropical fruit trees, and Brachiaria (tropical grass) at the Tropical Agriculture Research Front in Ishigaki Island, a subtropical environment. These tropical crops play an important role as food, energy production, calorie and nutrient sources, cash crops, and fodder in the production areas. Amid concerns about global climate change, sustainable and stable production of these crops is an urgent issue. The introduction of tropical crops and their cultivation and dissemination technologies is expected to be one of the measures to combat global warming in Japan, and will contribute to the expansion of production areas and diversification of food and nutrient sources.
This project aims to create a shared resource of information, technology and materials, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable production under unstable environmental conditions, as well as production and utilization in Japan through the research networking of tropical crop genetic resources to share issues with domestic and overseas organizations, and development of varieties and technologies that take advantage of the diversity.
- Organization of diversity information and establishment of collaboration for advanced utilization of genetic resources
- Development of evaluation methodologies and functional analysis of genetic resources
- Development of new varieties and breeding materials using genetic resources, and development of cultivation techniques for utilization
- Domestic research collaboration to promote the utilization of genetic resources
Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Japan (and other countries/regions covered through external project collaborations)
Farmers in the target area, staffs of technical extension offices, local government and administrative agencies, research institutions for agriculture and genetic resources, seed suppliers, processors, international organizations, etc.
YAMANAKA Shinsuke (Tropical Agriculture Research Front)
A group of 17 third-year students and two faculty members from Tokyo University of Agriculture visited the Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF) on November 22, 2022.
Researcher Takaragawa Wins Best Oral Presentation Award at the 254th Annual Meeting of the Crop Science Society of Japan
Dr. TAKARAGAWA Hiroo, Researcher at the JIRCAS Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF), received the Best Presentation Award (Oral), for his research achievement titled “Responses of gas exchange and metabolites to drought stress in sugarcane and Erianthus" (H. Takaragawa and M. Wakayama) presented at the 254th Annual Meeting of the Crop Science Society of Japan (CSSJ) held on September 20-21, 2022.
The workshop “Innovation and Networking of Sugarcane Research for Future Sugarcane Industry in the Asian and Pacific Region” co-hosted by JIRCAS and the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for Asia and the Pacific (FFTC), with the support of Kasetsart University, was held online on September 15, 2022.