2018 JIRCAS Report
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.
JIRCAS International Symposium 2018 focuses on “Women in Fisheries: Sustainable Development Goals and Contributions to Research and Industry”
The JIRCAS International Symposium 2018 with the theme “Women in Fisheries: Sustainable Development Goals and Contributions to Research and Industry” will be held at the U Thant International Conference Hall of the United Nations University (UNU) in Shibuya, Tokyo on November 6, 2018.
The rice cultivation season at JIRCAS started with the transplanting of rice seedlings at the Hachimandai Experimental Field from May 21-24, 2018. Various crops developed by JIRCAS and overseas research institutes such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) are cultivated for research purposes.
JIRCAS Pres. Masa Iwanaga, together with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Agriculture of Japan, attended the 6th CGIAR System Council Meeting held on May 16-17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, State Minister in charge of promotion of hometown development and export of agriculture, forestry and fishery products, visited the Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF) in Ishigaki, Okinawa on April 13, 2018.
A knowledge transfer seminar was organized by JIRCAS for the Thai Royal Forestry Department (RFD) on February 6, 2018 in Khon Kaen City, northeastern Thailand. The seminar provided practical information to RFD engineers on developing seedlings suitable for afforestation throughout Thailand.
JIRCAS ranks 7th in the “Plant Science and Zoology” category of highly cited papers based on the Essential Science Indicator (ESI) updated ranking of research institutions in Japan released by the Clarivate Analytics of the Web of Science Group on April 19, 2018.
The 44th TARF Public Lecture on eco-friendly pest control methods was held at Ishigaki City, Okinawa Pref. on March 30, 2018. This public lecture has been organized since 2007 with the aim of introducing the research activities of TARF in a way that the general public could easily understand, and to get feedback from local residents on the needs and expectations with implications in daily life.