The Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO (NIAS) has been re-established as one of the new internal research organization of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in conjunction with the integration of four national research institutions (NARO, National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Center for Seeds and Seedlings, and National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences) in April 2016, which was also the starting point of the Fourth Mid-term Plan of NARO. As a research arm of NARO which focuses on leading-edge R&D across a wide spectrum of research areas ranging from basic and fundamental research, applications, development and dissemination, we execute our mission role to maximize our achievements.
We are conducting basic research related to the development and utilization of biological resources on agriculture, related industries and business enterprises involved in analysis, appraisal and training. Sustainable agriculture requires substantial reduction in cost of production as well as the introduction of innovative new varieties. To achieve this, we are working on elucidating the functions of agricultural organisms to maximize the potential of agricultural crops and to foster technological advances in developing new varieties. Moreover, to revitalize agriculture in mountainous areas and surrounding regions, it is important to create new industries and employment through innovations utilizing local resources. To achieve this goal, we will combine cutting-edge innovations to develop fundamental technologies for improvement of productivity and useful traits. Furthermore, the basic technologies and materials we have developed so far will be transferred promptly to private companies and enterprises to facilitate dissemination and giving our results back to society.
Our research initiatives are undertaken by five research divisions, namely, the Division of Biotechnology, Division of Applied Genetics, Division of Plant and Microbial Sciences, Division of Insect Sciences, and Division of Animal Sciences, collaborating with domestic and overseas research institutions and private companies. We will put forth our best efforts to further strengthen fundamental research, generate new scientific innovations, facilitate knowledge transfer, and effectively disseminate information that will make a broad impact to society.
We sincerely hope for continuous support, guidance and cooperation in our future endeavors.
Kiyoshi ASAOKA, PhD
Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO