Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO
Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO (NIFTS) conducts basic and innovative research in fruit tree and tea science in order to respond to the needs of consumers, producers and people involved in related industries, and contributes to the advancement of fruit and tea production and the enrichment of dietary life in Japan.
DNA analysis elucidates the parent cultivars of Satsuma mandarin
Genome-wide genotyping using 384 citrus single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array and MARCO computer software has been applied to determine the parent cultivars of satsuma mandarin. As a result, it has been clarified that 'Kishuu mikan' type mandarins and 'Kunenbo' type mandarins are the possible seed and pollen parents, respectively, of satsuma mandarin. Elucidation of the excellent traits of satsuma mandarin at the gene level using DNA markers will contribute to efficient breeding of more improved varieties.Click here to read more
Research on Benifuki Green Tea
Presented at the G7 Science Ministerial Meeting, Tsukuba
The NIFTS research on 'Benifuki' tea cultivar is part of NARO's efforts on the development of functional agricultural foods and their processed products in order to promote a healthy and rich diet for consumers and to address the country's food supply issues. The research achievement was presented at the exhibition hall of the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting held in Tsukuba on May 15-17, 2016. The poster focused on 'Memehana-cha', a green tea beverage derived from 'Benifuki' cultivar. It is rich in O-methylated catechins and is classified as a healthy drink as it alleviates eye or nose discomfort caused by exposure to house dust etc. It has also been found to be effective against allergy to cedar pollen which is a serious allergy problem in Japan at the onset of spring.