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Ÿ@Field of Research on Crop Production Management Systems
ž@Field of Research on the Function and Regulation of Animal Production
ž@Field of Research on Crop Genomic Breeding
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ž@Field of Research on the Development and Utilization of New Breeding Materials for Ornamental Plants

Outline offield of research on crop production management systems
EEstablishment of advanced technology for knowledge-based and labor-saving crop production based on precise field management using sophistication of sensing devices
EEstablishment of labor-saving crop production and management systems, mainly in paddy fields and upland fields
EEstablishment of methods for measurement and control by using nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology

Kazuto Shigeta
@@Although it is said that there is a trade-off relationship between increased profitability and reduced environmental load in conventional agricultural production, the time when agricultural production cannot be obtained without coexistence with the environment has come. In addition, Japan is becoming an aging society with a declining birth rate, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for innovative farmers to find successors to take over their production systems. To solve these problems, a system of fertility management on the basis of the cultivated crop and the field conditions and an efficient control technology has been developed, and it is called eprecise field management technologyf. To realize this agricultural technology, information on the field and crop plants must be visualized by immediate sensing in a labor-saving manner to support the farmerfs decision-making. In addition, the use of mechatronics to control agricultural machines is essential.
@@In this program, you can learn the basic technologies of precise field management. To be more precise, the basic technologies consist of techniques for identification of individual crop plants such as vegetables and fruit trees grown over a wide range of the field, methods of measuring leaf color or tree appearance, and control techniques for agricultural machines for appropriate application of fertilizers and pesticides. Furthermore, you can use these technologies to explore next-generation and knowledge-based production technologies that are strategic and environmentally friendly and that relieve farmers of the need to rely on their intuition and experience.

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Tokihiro Fukatsu
@In modern agriculture, it is important to collect various kinds of agricultural information such as crop conditions, environmental data, damage information, and farm operational records. Using these agricultural information, farmers can manage their crop fields more effectively and futuristically. In this program, we study about agricultural sensor networks, advanced image sensing system, and field monitoring robots based on ICT and RT to encourage smart agriculture.
You can learn core technology for field monitoring, agricultural big data, and practical applications. ICT- and RT-based field monitoring system is becoming popular and expected to be applied in various fields.
We aim to contribute agricultural research and development through the study.
Kazunori Otobe
@@We have often heard the opinion. gNanotechnology is more difficult to understand than biotechnology or information technology and it is not clear what the role of nanotechnology ish. Indeed, the fact that people cannot imagine the concept or potential application of nanotechnology may be reasonable, because nanotechnology targets phenomena at a scale that we cannot experience in everyday life (one-billionths of a meter). However, consider the following idea: how many people first understand and visualize all the phenomena associated with biotechnology and information technology before they actually use these technologies?
@@Both nanotechnology and biotechnology are, to put it simply, only two of the ghelpful technologiesh from the viewpoint of application to agriculture. Therefore, it is important for students to improve their gimaging abilityh, which can then be applied to the solution of various problems through practice, as well as to learn the proceduralization of processes and knowledge accumulation.
@@In this program, I provide students with practical guidance, mainly on nanotechnology as a measurement or control technology that is a base for various technologies, by giving them an understanding of crop production management systems in agriculture from the viewpoint of engineering science. In this process, training in the basic knowledge or technologies of biotechnology and information technology, which are involved in the integration of nanotechnology and agricultural technology, and training in problem-solving by using specific application examples, are planned.