Genetic Resources Center, NARO

Plant Diversity Research Team

This team has two objectives. One objective is to promote Genebank activities including exploration, characterization, evaluation and propagation of plant genetic resources. We also develop core collections as convenient sets of plant genetic resources. The other objective is to analyze the genetic diversity of plant genetic resources. We collect, evaluate and analyze the diversity in characters and genes to make breeding material for future use. Our target species are Vigna, Glycine, Oryza and Sorghum.

Team Leader

Kaworu EBANA

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Team Members

Research Topic
Hisato OKUIZUMI Senior Principal Researcher
(also member of Management Section)
Genetic diversity analysis of Sorghum and other species
Akiko BABA Principal Researcher Stress tolerance in Vigna
Tomotaro NISHIKAWA Principal Researcher Genetic diversity analysis of Plant Genetic Resources
Ken NAITO Senior Researcher Stress tolerance in wild (and sexy) species the genus Vigna; Isolating genes of stress tolerance via forward genetics, population genetics and genomics
Yu TAKAHASHI Researcher Neo-domestication of Vigna wild species and stress tolerance in Vigna