On 13th July 2019, JIRCAS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a top-tier research and technology development agency in agriculture under the Texas A&M University System, headquartered at College Station, Texas, USA.

 JIRCAS and Texas A&M will jointly develop Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI) technology and design agricultural production systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and loss of nitrogen from farmlands. BNI-technology facilitates development of low-nitrifying soil-ecosystems, a critical requirement to sustain productivity in modern production systems, without damaging the environment.

  The MOU was signed by Dr. Masa Iwanaga, JIRCAS President and Dr. Patrick Stover, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The signed MOU was delivered to Dr. Iwanaga by Dr. Nithya Rajan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Science at Texas A&M University.

署名されたMOUを披露するJIRCAS岩永勝理事長とテキサスA&M大学Nithya Rajan准教授

Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President of JIRCAS, with Dr. Nithya Rajan, Associate Professor at Texas A&M, showing the signed MOU.


An experiment to characterize hydrophilic-BNI activity of sorghum genetic stocks from Texas A&M.

from L to R, Dr. GV Subbarao, Senior Crop Physiologist and Group Leader for BNI Research, Dr. T. Yoshihashi, Senior Agrochemist, and Dr. Nithya Rajan


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