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Environment/Energy (Carbon Neutrality)

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  • SDGs15
  • SDGs12
  • SDGs13
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) japan Prof.
MORIKAWA Masaaki
(Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University) researchmap
Kingdom of Thailand Prof.
Arinthip THAMCHAIPENET
(Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University)
Research Institutions in Japan Hokkaido University / Kyoto University / Osaka University / Tohoku University / University of Yamanashi / National Institute for Environmental Studies
Research Institutions in Thailand Kasetsart University / Khon Kaen University / Chulalongkorn University / Mahidol University / Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University / BIOTEC / NANOTEC / Advanced GreenFarm
Adoption fiscal year FY 2020
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Kingdom of Thailand
General Description of the Research Project

Establish a holobiont resource research center to study combination of duckweed and coexisting microorganisms
Contribute to the construction of a sustainable society by utilizing plants in the Lemnaceae family (duckweeds), which have high resource value and can grow in contaminated water where there is a high concentration of CO2. Specifically, (1) create a biobank of complex organisms consisting of duckweed and coexisting microbes, (2) understand and enhance microbial symbiosis that accelerates the growth rate of duckweed, (3) develop low-carbon water treatment technologies and duckweed production technologies, (4) manufacture biofuels, bioplastics, and livestock feeds, and (5) improve edible duckweed productivity and develop highly functional foods.

Develop greenhouse gas reduction technologies and valuable resources ranging from duckweed foods to biofuel
Contribute to the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model being promoted by the Thai government and to carbon offsetting by simultaneously addressing everything from development of duckweed-based bioresources to the creation of new industries.

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Duckweed-based water treatment reduces carbon footprint and cuts duckweed production costs

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Duckweed farmer:“I wish my harvest would be more reliable ...”

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Microscopic view of duckweed holobiont

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Courtesy visit to the president and dean of the Faculty of Science at Kasetsart University

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The official logo for Be-HoBiD project

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