On February 21, 2013, a workshop was held in Tokyo concerning the Convention on Biological Diversity ("the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety"), as an area meeting for the exchange of ideas aimed at establishing an appropriate system for each country. On the 22nd, twelve foreign officials including the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and officials from several countries (India, the Philippines, Malaysia, France, Latvia, Mexico, Colombia), as well as eight Japanese government officials representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, paid a visit to NARO as part of the workshop.
NARO described the organization, breeding strategies for various plants, and the progress research using genetic modification including the development of the blue chrysanthemum. Then the guests visited the Crop Genomic Breeding Research Facility of the NARO Institute of Crop Science (NICS), and showed a keen interest in NARO's breeding projects.
- Convention on Biological Diversity: a convention aimed at the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components
- The Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: a Protocol stipulating international rules and procedures regarding liability and redress for damage to biodiversity resulting from the transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs)
Details of the visit
Dr.Tokio Imbe, Vice President of NARO, gave a presentation on NARO and its R&D projects.
Dr.Koh-ichi Kadowaki, Director-General of NICS, described the breeding strategies for various plants, and the progress of research using recombinant DNA technologies.
Dr.Ryutaro Aida (on the right), Senior Researcher in the Institute of Floricultural Science, described the development of the blue chrysanthemum as an example of an R&D project using recombinant DNA technologies.
Dr.Kentaro Kawaguchi (on the left), Senior Researcher in NICS, introduced the Crop Genomic Breeding Research Facility and related research projects.