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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
ISODA Hiroko
(Director, The Alliance for Research on the Mediterranean and North Africa / Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
General Director
(Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Direction General of Research Valorization)
Bilal Hajjouji
(Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Kingdom of Morocco)
Research Institutions in Japan University of Tsukuba / Kyoto University / Kyushu University / AIST
Research Institutions in Tunisia and Morocco Tunisia: Centre de Biotechnologie Technopole Borj Cédria / Center of Biotechnology of Sfax / The University of Sfax (National Engineering School ) / University of Sousse / The National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia / Institute of Arid Regions
Morocco: Institut Agricole et Vétérinaire Hassan II / Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech
Adoption fiscal year FY 2015
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of TunisiaTunisia/Kingdom of MoroccoMorocco
General Description of the Research Project

Basic design for commercialization and process of industrialization
Focusing on the plenty of bioresources found in Tunisia and Morocco, we implement functional analysis and epidemiologic studies to develop seeds of technology for the development of food and cosmetic products, and technologies of authentification of origin of products and their type towards the development of new products. We also conduct ecological studies and analysis of the production, export and consumption i.e. value chain of local products. Through this comprehensive approach, we implement an integrated studies based on scientific evidence for the development of seeds for technology and contribute to develop high value-added functional food and pharmaceutical products. Finally, we aim to create new industries producing materials for development of functional foods and medicinal cosmetics through the collaboration with private sector.
* Bioresources as a part of the dietary culture with the oral tradition of their medicinal effects.

Establishment of scientific evidence to support the medicinal effects of bioresources and construction of a value chain
By implementing research and development of bioresources based on scientific evidence, we aim to upgrade the production capacity of high value-added agricultural products and to improve technical capability of private sector. In line with the governmental policies targeting the food industry, we will contribute to develop a coherent value chain from production to export, and establish bases for supply and export of high value-added agricultural products in Tunisia and Morocco.

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Goats climbing argan trees

Goats climbing argan trees

Novel biological functions of effective plant extracts have been identified by using various methods for functional food development and drug discovery.

Novel biological functions of effective plant extracts have been identified by using various methods for functional food development and drug discovery.

Conducting field studies

Conducting field studies

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