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.
AgriLife TODAY from Texas A&M AgriLife Research introduced collaborative research on development of climate-smart crops.