2020 JIRCAS Report
A group of 28 third-year students and 3 teachers from Kosakai Junior High School in Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture visited JIRCAS on October 5, 2020 through the Tsukuba Science Tour program to learn about the research sites and research activities of JIRCAS.
His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said of Oman, gifted JIRCAS with the Mango Tree Encyclopedia published by the Sultanate of Oman.
The Japanese Society for Plant Biotechnology (formerly Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology) presented the 2020 Technology Award to JIRCAS Researcher HOSHIKAWA Ken (Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division), Professor MIURA Kenji (University of Tsukuba) and Professor EZURA Hiroshi (Tsukuba-Plant Innovation Research Center, University of Tsukuba).
The International Workshop "Applicable Solutions Against Rice Blast in Asia" co-organized by JIRCAS and the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) was held on September 18, 2020. Due to the influence of COVID-19, it was held as an online conference with JIRCAS as the main venue.
The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) and JIRCAS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 7, 2020.
The new MOU was signed by MARDI Director General, Dr. Mohamad Roff Mohd Noor, and JIRCAS President, Dr. IWANAGA Masa, on September 8, 2020 in an on-line signing ceremony organized by both institutes.
The JIRCAS visiting research fellows for FY2019 presented their research outputs in a meeting held on September 4, 2020.
Senior Researcher Yamanaka of the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division is Among the World’s Top 10 Soybean Rust Researchers
Dr. YAMANAKA Naoki, Senior Researcher in the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, was recognized one of the 10 major authors in soybean rust research as reported in a review article on scientometic approach to soybean rust published in the latest issue of Euphytica, an international journal on plant breeding.
An article in the PhilRice Magazine, a quarterly publication of Philippine Rice Research Institute, introduced the JIRCAS efforts on WeRise to a wide range of readers including rice researchers and farmers in the Philippines and other countries.
Dr. ISEKI Kotaro, Researcher of the Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division received the 24th Japanese Society of Crop Science Research Award for his research on agronomic evaluation of plant genetic resources for improvement of productivity in Asian and African regions with poor environment.