Dr. TSUJIMOTO Yasuhiro, Project Leader and Senior Researcher of the Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, received the 18th Japanese Society of Crop Science Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Challenges and opportunities for improving N use efficiency for rice production in sub-Saharan Africa”.
Publication of “Silage and Fermented TMR - Preparation Manual” for the tropical and subtropical regions with dry season
JIRCAS has published a manual for preparation of silage and fermented TMR based on the results of livestock research in the “Food Security in Africa”project in southern Mozambique.
The manual provides reference information that can help local researchers and farmers understand and utilize agricultural by-product resources as livestock feed.
Dr. Marcy N. Wilder, Project Leader of the Fisheries Division received the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science Award for 2021 in recognition of her outstanding achievements relating to biochemical/physiological research on mechanisms of reproduction, molting, and osmoregulation in commercially-important shrimp species and the development of new aquaculture technology.
As of April 1, 2021, JIRCAS started the five-year period of its Fifth Medium to Long-term Plan (FY2021 to 2025). With the renewal of the administrative organization, Mr. KOYAMA Osamu (the former Vice President) has been appointed as the new President and successor of former President Dr. IWANAGA Masa.
Publication of “Healthy Seedcane Propagation and Distribution Manual Against Sugarcane White Leaf Disease”
A manual for measures against the sugarcane white leaf disease, which causes great damage in the Asian region especially in Thailand, and created in collaboration with Khon Kaen University etc. was published by the Office of Cane and Sugar Board of Thailand.
A group of 17 students and 2 teachers from Joso Gakuin Junior High School visited JIRCAS on March 17, 2021 through the “inquiry-based field tour” program of the the Tsukuba Science Tour. Senior Researcher MARUI Junichiro (Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division) gave a presentation on “Research on delicious and useful fermented foods” and introduced Thai fermented rice noodles (khan jeen) and Lao fermented fish sauce (padek).
Final Report Presentation of the 2019 JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program was held on March 10, 2021. Five foreign researchers from research organizations in developing regions, who have been invited to JIRCAS since October 2019, presented their research results for a year and a half. The visiting research fellows include Dr. Gao Xiang (China), Ms Du Zhumei (China), Dr. Giriraj Kumawat (India), Dr. Luciano Nobuhiro Aoyagi (Brazil) and Dr. Sirilak Baramee (Thailand). After the presentation of research results, President Iwanaga congratulated the graduating fellows and presented them with a certificate of completion.
Researcher Nishigaki Receives “Best Presentation Award for Cross-Fertilization” at Science Academy of Tsukuba (SAT) Technology Showcase 2021
Dr. NISHIGAKI Tomohiro, Researcher of the Crop, Livestock and Environment Division of JIRCAS received the “Best Presentation Award for Cross-Fertilization” at the Science Academy of Tsukuba (SAT) Technology Showcase 2021 held online on February 19, 2021, for his research on “Development of a rapid soil fertility assessment technique for improving rice production in Madagascar”, and was awarded a certificate of recognition on March 15, 2021.
Five up-and-coming researchers from JIRCAS will talk about the activities of the SATREPS project at the 129th Japanese Society of Tropical Agriculture (JSTA) Public Symposium to be held online.
Madagascar Agriculture Minister Visits the Demonstration Test Site for Phosphorus Dipping Treatment (P-dipping) Technology
On February 26, 2021, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Madagascar visited the demonstration test site of the SATREPS project conducted by JIRCAS in Madagascar, providing an opportunity to promote the phosphorus dipping treatment (P-dipping) technology for rice cultivation and promising breeding lines developed in the project.