Understanding of plant life for technology application

Crops are important for human diets and biomass energy. Food shortage in the near future is a serious concern, considering ongoing population growth and loss of potential cultivation areas in the world due to climatic instability and environmental destruction as a consequence of human activities. To achieve a stable food supply, it is essential to maintain and improve crop productivity even under changing and stressful environments. For this purpose, a systematic understanding of plant life and functions is necessary. The Division of Plant Sciences aims to elucidate mechanisms of how plants produce biomass and respond to environments and to understand the interactions between plants and microbes including pathogens and symbionts. Further, we will develop new technologies that lead to improved productivity of crops with high quality and safety in a sustainable way by understanding and utilizing diverse potentials of plants.


Tetsuo MESHI
E-mail: tmeshi@affrc.go.jp