Towards innovations in agrobiological sciences and biotechnology


The international peer review meeting aims to provide an independent assessment of the research programs of NARO based on the scientific quality, originality and direction from the view point of overseas reviewers, and to make an overall evaluation on the potential impact of the research results to the food and agriculture industry. For FY2017, three ongoing research programs, namely, plant protection, animal husbandry, and biological function were evaluated. The research program on biological function focused on the theme "Towards innovations in agrobiological sciences and biotechnology: Status and prospects".



November 21, 2017


Tsukuba Business-Academia Cooperation Support Center
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Peer Reviewers

  • Prof. Stanton Bruce Gelvin, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, United States of America
  • Dr. Frantisek Marec, Director, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Emilio Rodriguez-Cerezo, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission/ DG Joint Research Centre/Directorate D Sustainable Resources/ Unit D.4 Economics of Agriculture, Spain
  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Niemann, Head, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany

Review Process

The peer review is carried out by evaluating the scientific quality, originality and specific direction of the research project, and applicability of the research results to the food and agriculture industry. Each research project is evaluated with the following rating. S: high quality and no revision needed; A: good quality and minor revision needed, B: fair quality and moderate revision needed, C: fair quality and major revision needed, D: poor quality and a complete rewrite needed. Additionally, the peer reviewers provide rating, comments, suggestions and recommendations for each research project and the entire research program.

Research Projects

  • Project 1 Research to utilize useful functions of plants and microorganisms for agriculture
  • Project 2 Development of research strategies for agricultural insect pest management: functional analyses of insect genes and behavior
  • Project 3A Characterization and utilization of the animal immune system
  • Project 3B Development of biomedical pig models using genetic engineering techniques
  • Project 4 Social implementation of vaccine rice for Japanese cedar pollinosis and development novel genome engineering technology to create innovate industry
  • Project 5 Revolutionize the silk industry through the use of GM technology
  • Project 6 Promotion of biotech researches and social implementation of their outcomes

Peer Review Report