MARCO SYMPOSIUM 2009 Challenges for Agro-Environmental Research in Monsoon Asia

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Date: October 5 (Monj- 7 (Wed), 2009
Venue: Epochal Tsukuba (Tsukuba International Congress Center)Open in another window
Participation Fee: Free
Language: English
Organizer: National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES)
Co-Organizer: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, MAFF, Japan


Agriculture centering on paddy rice in Monsoon Asia has enabled sustainable production while fostering distinctive agroecosystem. The demand for food is, however, increasing in recent years due to population growth, economic development, movement of biofuel production and so forth. As a result, the demand for agricultural production of this region is significantly rising.

On the other hand, agricultural and environmental problems, including an increase of environmental impact due to agricultural intensification, deterioration of natural resources, and the progress of global warming, are getting more serious. It is imperative that researchers, engineers, and administrators of this region internationally closely collaborate to meet growing needs to agriculture while harmonizing nature.

In the coming three-day-symposium, we will report the status quo and the trend of problems, will present the latest studies, and will discuss the direction of future research and collaboration.

In the plenary session on the first day, agricultural and environmental issues in Monsoon Asia will be comprehensively presented. During the workshops on the second and third days we will divide into five groups to have lectures and discuss issues as follows: heavy metal, heat stress, plant natural resources, agroecosystem in relations with biodiversity, and metagenomics analysis techniques. In the summing-up session on the third day, we will discuss the collaboration and research cooperation aiming at solving issues after the reports of each workshop and MARCO satellite workshops.

Symposium Schedule [PDF]

October 5 (Mon) 9:30 - 17:15 *Simultaneous Interpretation English to Japanese

Opening Ceremony   Opening Address [PDF]

Keynote Lecture

Nature and Agriculture in Monsoon Asia [PDF]
Kazutake Kyuma, Professor emeritus, Kyoto University, Japan


Heavy metal pollution in Asian agricultural land [PDF]
Yongming Luo, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China

Conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in regions of Monsoon Asia [PDF]
Makoto Kawase, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan

Climate robust rice system and international collaboration [PDF]
Holger Meinke, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands

A threat to biodiversity through international trading of grains and plant materials [PDF]
Akihiro Konuma, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan

Changes in nitrogen flow associated with food production and consumption and its effect on environment in East Asia [PDF]
Junko Shindo, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan

Assessing land use and ecosystem carbon stock from space - from a case study in slash/burn ecosystems in Laos - [PDF]
Yoshio Inoue, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan

African land degradation in a world of global change: Does atmospheric fertilization conceal degradation? [PDF]
Paul L.G. Vlek, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany


17:30 - 19:00
Fee: 5000 yen

October 7(Wed) 13:00 -15:00

Summing-up session (October 7)


WorkshopsWorkshop Schedule [PDF]

  • Workshop - 1. Development of Phyto-technology for Decreasing Heavy Metal in Food
  • Workshop - 2. Crop Production under Heat Stress: Monitoring, Impact Assessment and Adaptation
  • Workshop - 3. Survey of Plant Natural Resources and Isolation of Allelochemicals in Monsoon Asia
  • Workshop - 4. Biodiversity and Agro-ecosystem in Rice Paddy Landscape in Monsoon Asia
  • Workshop - 5. Perspective of Metagenomics in Agricultural Research

Presentation core-time

  • Workshop 1: October 6 (Tue) 14:50 - 15:40
  • Workshop 2: October 6 (Tue) 15:00 - 15:45
  • Workshop 3: October 6 (Tue) 14:50 - 15:40
  • Workshop 4: October 6 (Tue) 14:30 - 15:30
  • Workshop 5: October 6 (Tue) 14:30 - 15:30

Important dates

Aug 21 (Fri) Deadline of Submission of Abstract (Poster Presentation only)
Sep 30 (Wed) Deadline of Registration


Dr. Hitoshi Toritani
Research Coordination Office
National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES)
3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8604, Japan
Phone: (+81)-29-838-8181
FAX: (+81)-29-838-8148

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