The Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO (NIVFS) conducts basic and innovative research to support the breeding and cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants, reduction of environmental impact, and development of technologies for sustainable production, improvement of quality, and efficient distribution etc.
The NARO International Symposium on "Strawberry Production in Japan" was organized by Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO (NIVFS) at the WINC Aichi conference room at Nagoya, Aichi on February 13, 2018. The symposium focused on the present status of strawberry production in Japan and East Asia.Read more.
A collaborative research of NIVFS with Suntory Global Innovation Center Ltd. led to the birth of the world's first true blue chrysanthemum. Genetic modification involving two genes associated with pigmentation resulted in the formation of flowers with blue petals. This result facilitates the expansion of flower color variation in chrysanthemum, increase the potential value of the flowers, and open possibilities and new applications that may contribute to the expansion of the flower industry.Read more.
A collaborative research of Tohoku University, NARO Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, Kagawa Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station, and Kyushu University revealed the mechanism underlying the resistance of Asparagus kiusianus, a wild relative of cultivated asparagus (A. officinalis) against stem blight disease caused by Phomopsis asparagi. Transcriptome analysis of the two species after inoculation with P. asparagi identified the genes related to asparagus stem blight resistance. The results are expected to contribute to the development of the world's first stem blight-resistant asparagus variety that will eventually reduce the application of chemical fungicides and reduce the production cost of domestically produced asparagus. Read more.
Mutations in chrysanthemum have been successfully introduced by gene editing technology. This is the first report in the world of genome editing in a higher polyploid plant, chrysanthemum which has been difficult due to its large genome with very little information available so far. Researchers from the Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO have succeeded in obtaining a chrysanthemum with mutation in yellowish-green fluorescent protein gene inducing reduction in fluorescence by editing the genome of a transgenic chrysanthemum expressing the fluorescent gene and generating axillary bud derived plants. The genome editing technology is expected to become a promising method in improvement and breeding of chrysanthemum cultivars. Read more.