International Peer Review Meeting


In order to promote various research of NARO, external evaluation on the research quality and direction of specific programs from international perspectives by overseas reviewers has been undertaken from the third medium-term research plan. In the international peer review process, experts and specialist in related research areas are invited as reviewers. During the review meeting, the reviewers read through the research project plans, listen to the research project leaders' presentations and discuss the projects with them. After the meeting, the reviewers prepare a written review using the provided Peer Review Form. The reviewers assess the projects and select one of five action class judgment (S: high quality and no revision needed, A: good quality and minor revision needed, B: fair quality and moderate revision needed, C: fair quality and major revision needed, D: poor quality and a complete revision needed). The reviewers are encouraged to provide comments or suggestions for each of the research projects, together with an overall evaluation of the research program.

2017 International Peer Review Meetings

Towards innovations in agrobiological sciences and biotechnology: Status and prospects

Research Projects

  • Project 1: Research to utilize useful functions of plants and microorganisms for agriculture
  • Project 2: Development of research strategies for agricultural insect pest management: functional analyses of insect genes and behavior
  • Project 3A: Characterization and utilization of the animal immune system
  • Project 3B: Development of biomedical pig models using genetic engineering techniques
  • Project 4: Social implementation of vaccine rice for Japanese cedar pollinosis and the development of novel genome engineering technology to create innovative industries
  • Project 5: Revolutionize the silk industry through the use of GM technology
  • Project 6: Promotion of biotech researches and social implementation of their outcomes

Peer Reviewers

  • Prof. Stanton Bruce Gelvin, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, USA
  • Prof. Frantisek Marec, Director, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Emilio Rodriguez-Cerezo, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission/ DG Joint Research Centre/Directorate D Sustainable Resources/ Unit D.4 Economics of Agriculture Spain
  • Prof. Heiner Niemann, Head, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Germany

Research on technology development for improving feed self-sufficiency in Japan

Research Projects

  • Project 1-1: Preparation of high quality whole crop rice silage made from cultivars with high sugar content and high digestibility
  • Project 1-2: Domestic production of rice, corn, and soybean for feed to reduce imported feed grain
  • Project 1-3: Grass and forage crop breeding suited for Japanese climate
  • Project 2-1: Grazing technology of beef cattle for abandoned agricultural lands
  • Project 2-2: Development of dairy cattle grazing technology adapted to the climate of Japan
  • Project 3-1: Control of rumen fermentation in dairy cows for improving feed efficiency
  • Project 3-2: Improvement of nitrogen utilization efficiency by synchronizing ruminal supply of feed energy and protein in dairy cows
  • Project 3-3: Manure management for greenhouse gas mitigation

Peer Reviewers

  • Dr. Jong Geun Kim, Assistant Professor, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Keith Betteridge, Agricultural Research Scientist (Retired), New Zealand
  • Dr. Ron Ronimus, Senior Research Scientist, AgResearch, New Zealand

Development of environmentally friendly approaches in plant protection for sustainable agriculture: Status and prospects

Research Projects

  • Project 1: Management of migratory insect pests in monsoon Asia and the quarantining of pests
  • Project 2: Development of an assay system for plant pathogens and insect pests with resistance or tolerance to agrochemicals and associated management strategies
  • Project 3: Breeding of natural enemies of insect pests and effective methods of using indigenous natural enemies
  • Project 4: Development of environmentally friendly sterilization techniques against soil-borne diseases and nematodes and an assessment of its effectiveness
  • Project 5: New technologies for physical pest control using colored light or sound waves
  • Project 6A: Discovery of a plant resistance inducer with a new mode of action and development of new biological agents
  • Project 6B: New chemical research for the control of insect pests using semiochemicals

Peer Reviewers

  • Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Jehle, Director and Professor, Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
  • Dr. Diane E. Ullman, Professor, University of California at Davis, USA
  • Dr. Roger N. Beachy, Professor, Washington University, USA

International Peer Review Meeting 2014

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