2016 JIRCAS Report
On the auspicious occasion for the celebration of the International Year of Pulses 2016, JIRCAS held an International Symposium entitled “Legumes improve our livelihood? -beyond the IYP2016,” at the U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University (Tokyo, Japan) on 2 December, 2016.
JIRCAS, in cooperation with the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) Secretariat, presented the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers for the tenth consecutive year. The award recognizes and honors young foreign researchers (under 40 years of age) who are highly recommended by their institutes, and whose outstanding achievements promote research and development of agricultural, forestry, fishery and other related industries in developing regions. The 2016 commendation ceremony was held last December 1 at the U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo.
On 25-26 September 2016, the 2nd CGIAR* System Council Meeting was held in Mexico City, with JIRCAS President Dr. Masa Iwanaga attending as a representative of the Japanese government, together with officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry of Japan.
IRRI-JIRCAS-NARO Joint Symposium "Towards Achieving Sustainable Rice Production in Asia"
The “EDITS-Cowpea” project is one of JIRCAS initiatives that have been implemented to generate fundamental scientific information to promote better utilization of the wide genetic diversity of this crop in breeding programs and crop utilization. Based on the information generated through the project, we have created the "EDITS-Cowpea database" (http://www.jircas.go.jp/en/database/edits-cowpea/introduction).
Debrief Meeting on the Collaborative Research for Sugarcane Improvement between JIRCAS-KKFCRC, Thailand
JIRCAS has been implementing the collaborative research project on sugarcane improvement entitled “Development of new type of sugarcane with better performance under adverse agricultural environments by using wild relatives (EDITS-Cane Project)” with Khon Kaen Field Crops Research Center (KKFCRC), Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand since 2011. This project aimed at developing efficient breeding techniques to utilize wild germplasm and sugarcane breeding materials through inter-specific and inter-generic hybridizations.
Dr. Yasuhiro Tsujimoto (Researcher, Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, JIRCAS) won the 20th Japanese Society of Crop Science Young Scientist Award.