Dr. MAENO Kotaro, Senior Researcher in the Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, received the 19th (FY2022) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Prize at the award ceremony held at the Japan Academy in Tokyo on February 7, 2023.
The research achievement for which the prize was awarded is "Development of Control Techniques for the Desert Locust in Africa.” Dr. Maeno’s comprehensive research has led to the development of control techniques that dramatically reduce the amount of pesticides used to control the desert locust. The award also cited the fact that this series of research was carried out through nine years of field surveys and experiments in the Sahara Desert.
The JSPS Prize is awarded to young researchers with creativity and outstanding research ability to honor them from the early stages of their careers and to motivate and support their research development, in order to raise the level of scientific research in Japan to the world’s highest standard.
Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino, Mr. IDE Yosei, Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Mr. SUGINO Tsuyoshi, President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Dr. KOBAYASHI Makoto, Chairman of the Selection Committee, and others were in attendance to offer words of congratulations.
During the reception, there were exchange of words with Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino, and the awardees received words of appreciation and encouragement for their efforts.
URL：https://www.jsps.go.jp/jsps-prize/kettei.html (In Japanese)