Integrated management of soil fertility and plant nutrition for sustainable production


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. The International Peer Review meeting for the FY 2014 with the research theme “Integrated management of soil fertility and plant nutrition for sustainable production” was organized and the research results are evaluated by three international researchers.They also visited the research facilities in NARO prior to the review and held discussions with the field farmers in Ibaraki prefecture.

Time and Date

September 3 (Thur), 2014
10:00am ~ 16:30 pm


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

Peer Reviewers

  • Dr. Donald L. Sparks, Professor, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, USA
  • Dr. Ismail Cakmak, Professor, Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Dr. Roland J. Buresh, Principal Scientist, Irrigated Rice Research Consortium, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

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

  • RP151a1: Soil management based on efficient use of nutrients in soil by using new methods
  • RP151a2: Rhizosphere technology for using nutrient dynamics in crop rotation in cold regions
  • RP151a3: Upland soil management in warm, high rainfall regions
  • RP151b0: Nutrient dynamics model and agricultural technologies for water quality conservation of watersheds
  • RP151c0: Assessment and management of soil biological fertility
  • RP151d0: Plant nutrition for efficient management of nutrients using metabolomic analysis and endophyte utilization