Agrogenomics Research Center
Genome Resource Unit
Biological resources are indispensible components for promoting and accelerating basic research in life sciences. Among the many genomes being investigated worldwide, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) is focusing on genome analysis of agriculturally important crops, insects and livestock, thereby generating resources that contribute to the advancement of a wide range of research aimed at improving agricultural productivity. The Genome Resource Unit is undertaking initiatives for collection, preservation, and access to biological materials and information derived from these projects. New genomics resources are also being developed to facilitate functional characterization of all annotated genes in rice. In addition, a support system for gene expression profiling by microarray analysis has been established to serve the scientific community.