R&D Areas

Green biotechnology Area

Program Officer (PO)

EZURA Hiroshi

EZURA Hiroshi

(Professor, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba)


In this technology area, we promote innovative and challenging research, mainly led by academia, to elucidate and utilize the mechanisms of interactions within complex biological systems in natural environments, which still contain many unknown aspects. Through the application of biotechnology, novel technological developments are expected to contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. Strong contributions to GHG emission reduction, carbon dioxide fixation, and resource utilization are highly anticipated in research and development.

R&D Projects

Small Phase

<Adopted in FY2023> R&D Project Title Summary R&D Period
Development of a new breeding method to improve the function of crop✕ microbiome holobiont driven by crop improvement
IWATA Hiroyoshi
(PDF:673KB) 2023.11~
Development of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing crops adapted to fluctuating environments
(PDF:879KB) 2023.11~
Reduction of paddy CH4 emissions through optimizing the rice-microbe system
TOKIDA Takeshi
(PDF:695KB) 2023.11~
Advancement of a method for enhancing plant growth through fungal secondary Metabolites
(PDF:823KB) 2023.11~
Breeding Innovation of Practical Plants Through a Novel Cis-identification Technology
(PDF:620KB) 2023.11~
Functional Bioplastics and Biochemicals Based on Amino Acid Dimerization Biotechnology
MASUO Shunsuke
(PDF:671KB) 2023.11~

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Area Advisor (AD)

ICHIKAWA Natsuko Director, Bio-Digital Transformation Division, Biological Resource Center, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
KAMAGATA Yoichi Senior Scientist, Life Science Department, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
KAWAGUCHI Masayoshi Professor, Division of Symbiotic Systems, National Institute for Basic Biology / Graduate Institute for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI
KIKUCHI Yasunori Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
KUROKAWA Ken Professor, Vice Director, Department of Informatics, National Institute of Genetics
SAKAI Takako Former Deputy CEO, Vilmorin-Mikado Co., Ltd.
TSUJIMOTO Hisashi Specially appointed professor, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University
NISHIYAMA Makoto Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
HATTORI Makoto Division Manager, Corporate Planning Division, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
FUKUSAKI Eiichiro Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
MOTOHASHI Reiko Vice-President, Faculty of Agriculture, Shizuoka University