Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO


The 4th mid-term plan of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) started on April 1, 2016. In line with the reorganization of the new NARO, the Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO (abbreviated as NIAS) was also reestablished as one of the new research departments of NARO.

The Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO was first established in 1988 as the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS). The reorganization of the new NARO involves the integration of 4 national research institutions, namely, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Center for Seeds and Seedlings, and the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences. We will now pursue a vital role to maximize our achievements as a research department of NARO which focuses on leading-edge R&D across a wide spectrum of fields ranging from basic and fundamental aspects, applications, development and dissemination.

We will conduct 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. For this reason, 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, in order 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. With regards to the development of basic technologies and materials, we aim to promptly disseminate our results by transferring to private companies and other enterprises.

Our research initiatives are undertaken by 5 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. As part of the new NARO, 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.

Koh-ichi KADOWAKI, PhD
Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO

Corporate Number 7050005005207