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◆ National Agriculture and Food Research Organization(NARO)
◆ Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO(NIAES)
NARO contributes to technological improvements in agriculture by performing technological tests and research and increasing the sophistication of bio-oriented technologies. It does this by investing and lending the funds required for the tests and for research conducted by the private sector on bio-oriented technologies. In addition, to help promote agricultural mechanization, NARO performs tests and research related to the improvement of agricultural equipment.
All of five national institutes below are subsidiary organization of NARO.

The Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO (NIAES) is the core institute of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) which emphasizes basic studies and research meant to ensure the safety of agricultural production environments. Research focuses on assessing risk in agricultural environments and developing risk management technologies, elucidating the structure of agricultural ecosystems in order to develop technologies to manage natural cycles, and fundamental studies to help elucidate the functions of agricultural ecosystems.
◆ Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO (NILGS) ◆ Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO (CARC/NARO)
NILGS promotes an integrated research program on livestock production that covers livestock production through feed production to treatment and utilization of animal wastes. The aim is to play an important role in increasing the efficiency of production of high-quality and healthy livestock products, utilizing livestock resources effectively, and improving rates of self-sufficiency for feed.

NARO/ARC uses knowledge and experience from various scientific fields in a comprehensive manner for agricultural development in the central region of Honshu (Kanto, Tokai, and Hokuriku) to develop new technological systems, such as crop rotation techniques in paddy fields or low-input rice cropping techniques for large-scale farms. In addition, NARC also has a role in the specific studies that become the scientific basis for the development of new technologies. For these reasons, NARC evaluates a new technology from a management viewpoint, develops management techniques, examines agricultural information for the utilization of IT, and develops working techniques that are labor-saving and comfortable. Furthermore, NARC researches the utilization of rice crops and paddy fields in regions with heavy clay soil and heavy snow and performs specific studies on environmentally friendly agriculture, for example of soils and fertilizers and the control of disease, pest insects, and weeds. To play the role mentioned above, NARC promotes research with the cooperation of, and collaboration with, administrative agencies, agriculture-related organizations, national research institutions, universities, and research institutions in the private sector and in foreign countries.

◆ Institute of Crop Science, NARO (NICS) ◆ Institute of Vegetable and Floricultural Science, NARO (NIFS)
NICS breeds minor crops such as sesame, in addition to rice, wheat, beans, and sweet potato, and develops new technologies for plant breeding. In addition, NICS studies the cultivation and physiology of these crops and the physiological genetics of quality components. It aims to improve crop quality and develop low-cost and high-quality cropping techniques for these crops

Because of an increasing trend toward seeking comfort and relief in life, the demand for, and production of, ornamental flowers have been continuously increasing. To cope with demands in ornamental flower production, such as diversification of products, year-round culture, cost reduction, and internationalization, NIFS focuses on promoting basic research for the following purposes: collection, preservation, and evaluation of genetic resources for ornamental flowers and afforestation plants; development of new breeding techniques and breeding of new varieties and materials; physiological and biochemical elucidation of the factors involved in growth, flowering, and aging; and (on the basis of the results of these studies) development of technologies for regulating the establishment of distribution technologies from production to consumption; breeding of afforestation plants; development of greening techniques for amenity improvement; and elucidation of the ecosystems of major pest insects during outbreaks and the development of control technologies for these insects.

◆ Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO (NIFTS) ◆ Institute of Agricultural Machinery, NARO (IAM)
NIFTS widely studies the breeding, cultivation, diseases and pest insects of fruits such as orange, apple, Japanese pear, peach, chestnut, persimmon, grape, Japanese apricot, and Japanese plum.

The Institute of Agricultural Machinery, NARO (IAM/NARO) concentrates on applying robotics and ICT to agricultural work by focusing on collaborations with different research fields. Our goal is to achieve improving productivity, labor-saving, reduction of environmental burdens, and commonizing safe agricultural work by R&D of leading edge agricultural machinery and technology.