Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences | JIRCAS

2018 JIRCAS Report


CIFOR delegation visits JIRCAS


Dr. Kaoru Kitajima, a member of Board of Trustees, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Dr. Christopher Martiu, Team Leader - Climate Change, Energy & Low-Carbon, CIFOR、Mr. John Colmey, Communication, Outreach, Engagement、CIFOR, and Dr. Daisuke Naito, Scientist, CIFOR, visited JIRCAS on September 28, 2018

JIRCAS Student Trainee Receives ‘Certificate of Achievement’ from the University of Tsukuba


Mr. Dequan Liu, a graduate student under the JIRCAS Educational Research Training Program, received a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ from the Dean of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, for demonstrating excellence in studies through and research.

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The 45th TARF Public Lecture on Cultivation of New Passion Fruit Cultivar “Sunny Shine”


The 46th TARF Public Lecture on cultivation of new passion fruit cultivar “Sunny Shine” was held on September 14, 2018 at Ishigaki City, Okinawa Pref.

Pres. Iwanaga at the 8th annual GRA Council Meeting


JIRCAS President Dr. Masa Iwanaga attended the 8th annual Council Meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) held in Berlin, Germany on September 10-11, 2018.

Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) Journal Award


Dr. Naruo Matsumoto, a senior researcher in the Research Strategy Office and JIRCAS’s regional representative for Southeast Asia, accepted the 2018 Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) Journal Award.

Dr. Yukio Okuda receives the JSIRDE Best Paper Award 2018


The paper of Dr. Yukio Okuda entitled “Problems and Measures for the Adoption of Cut-drain and Its Applicability to Soil Conditions in Uzbekistan” published in the Journal of the Japanese Society of Irrigation, Drainage and Rural Engineering was awarded as 2018 JSIDRE Best Paper.

Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China visits JIRCAS


The Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Qu Dongyu, visited JIRCAS on August 29, 2018 in conjunction with his participation to the regular Japan-China dialogue between the ministers in-charge of agriculture.

JIRCAS scientists receive citation as “Highly Cited Researchers” for 4 consecutive years


Dr. Yasunari Fujita and Dr. Kyonoshin Maruyama, senior researchers in the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, were named to the global “Highly Cited Researchers 2017” list in the Plant and Animal Science category.

Visit of Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Girls’ Senior High School


A delegation from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Girls’ Senior High School including 38 students and teachers visited JIRCAS on August 10, 2018 and participated in the “Tsukuba Science Tour” biology course.

Visit of Niigata Prefectural Nagaoka High School students


A group of 38 second-year senior high school students in the science-mathematics curriculum of the Niigata Prefectural Nagaoka High School, a Super Science High School (SSH), visited JIRCAS on August 7, 2018.

Laos PDR Minister Visits JIRCAS


The Minister and Head of the Prime Minister's Office of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Dr. Phet Phomphiphak visited JIRCAS on July 11, 2018.

Delegation from Bolivia's PROINPA Foundation and Universidad de San Andres


A delegation including Dr. Antonio Gandarillas, representative of the PROINPA Foundation in Bolivia, Dr. Giovanna Almanza and Dr. Isabel Morales from the Universidad de San Andres visited the JIRCAS Headquarters on July 11, 2018. 


TARF Open House Day 2018


The Open House Day of the Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF) was held on June 24, 2019 with exhibits and demonstrations centered on the JIRCAS slogan "seeding for the future".


Pres. Iwanaga at the Rice CRP Independent Steering Committee Meeting in Montpelier, France


JIRCAS President, Dr. Masa Iwanaga, attended the Independent Steering Committee (ISC) meeting of the Rice CGIAR Research Program (CRP) held in Montpelier, France on June 7-8, 2018. The Rice CRP is promoted by research institutes (IRRI, AfricaRice, CIAT) under CGIAR together with research institutes from France (CIRAD, IRD).


JIRCAS exhibit at the Biomass Expo 2018


The Biomass Energy-Materials Conference & Expo 2018 (Biomass Expo 2018) was held on May 30 to June 1, 2018 at the East Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Tokyo. The Biomass Expo is a showcase for Japan’s biomass power generation, heat utilization, fuel, livestock feed, excrement processing, composting etc. The JIRCAS booth featured activities on biomass research and the latest research achievements on utilization of local resources in developing regions.