【JIRCAS Mail Magazine, Jan】 Japan Award 2023, now accepting application!

JIRCAS Mail Magazine

JIRCAS Mail Magazine No. 39 (January 2023)

Call for nominations for the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award) is now open!

Candidates must fall under the following criteria:
● Young foreign researchers who have made outstanding achievements in research and development in developing regions
● Young foreign researchers who have made outstanding research achievements that will lead to future technological innovations, etc.

Three awardees will each receive a testimonial from the Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) and an incentive grant of US$5,000.
Please share this information to your collaborators.
Details are available at the following links:
  (Japanese) https://www.jircas.go.jp/ja/young_award/2023
  (English) https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/young_award/2023

■ Latest Topics
● Increased Rice Yield Improves Nutrition of Farmers in Madagascar
Increased yield of rice, the main staple food in Madagascar, is effective in increasing the supply of energy and micronutrients to farmers in rural Madagascar.
It is expected to help solve nutritional problems in Africa.

● Messages from JIRCAS Staff: Promoting Gender Equality
We have posted messages from researchers, administrative and support staff to give you an idea of what it is like to work at JIRCAS.

● TARF Holds On-site Review Meeting of the Project Under the Research Program on Development of Innovative Technology
An on-site review meeting to discuss the project on sustainable sugarcane production was held and 13 participants from the Okinawa Prefectural Agricultural Research Center visited the Center’s Ishigaki Station, Ishigaki Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. and TARF.

■ New Technologies and Research Outputs
● African phosphorus fertilizer from indigenous low-grade phosphate rock could replace imported phosphorus fertilizer in rain-fed rice cultivation
Phosphorus fertilizer made from underutilized African low-grade phosphorus rock has shown fertilizer efficacy comparable to expensive imported phosphorus fertilizers in rain-fed rice cultivation in Burkina Faso.

● A model for estimating soil phosphorus availability in diverse tropical ecosystems by deep learning
In tropical regions, soil phosphorus availability is low, so it is necessary to accurately determine this availability in order to apply appropriate nutrient management.
Using deep learning with soil spectral data, a versatile model has been developed to quickly and accurately estimate soil phosphorus availability.

● Efficient phosphorus application strategy to improve rice yields under cold stress-prone and P-deficient environments
Phosphorus-deficient soils delay heading and the plants become prone to low-temperature sterility in the latter half of growth.
Applying phosphorus to fields with high risk of low-temperature sterility can alleviate both phosphorus deficiency and low-temperature sterility and increase yield.

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Volume 39
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