The Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO (NIVFS) conducts basic and innovative research to support the breeding and cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants, reduction of environmental impact, and development of technologies for sustainable production, improvement of quality, and efficient distribution etc.
A research collaboration that includes NARO's Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Sciences, Kazusa DNA Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Nihon University and Hiroshima University, has successfully completed the genome analysis of Chrysanthemum seticuspe, which grows widely from Tohoku to Kyushu in Japan and is considered as a model of cultivated chrysanthemum. A 2.72 Gb sequence corresponding to 89% of the whole genome was decoded revealing 71,057 genes. The genome sequence information is expected to contribute in improving the efficiency of breeding of cultivated chrysanthemum. Read more
A new soil sterilization agent using coffee grounds that could be used for suppressing the incidence of soil-borne diseases has been developed by NARO. It has been confirmed that the application of the polyphenol iron complex (Fe-CPP) from coffee grounds as sterilizing material, calcium peroxide as soil conditioner, and iron salt to the soil suppressed the occurrence of bacterial wilt in the laboratory. This method could provide a new safe and environmentally friendly control technology for soil-borne diseases.Read more
A cognitive function training using flower arrangement conducted by NARO, in collaboration with the Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, has shown that the memory ability of patients who suffer from cognitive dysfunctions due to accidents, stroke etc. improved, and the effect was observed for 3 months after the training. It is expected to be utilized for cognitive rehabilitation of patients with neurocognitive disorder.Read more.
The NARO International Symposium on "Strawberry Production in Japan" was organized by Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO (NIVFS) at the WINC Aichi conference room at Nagoya, Aichi on February 13, 2018. The symposium focused on the present status of strawberry production in Japan and East Asia.Read more.
A collaborative research of NIVFS with Suntory Global Innovation Center Ltd. led to the birth of the world's first true blue chrysanthemum. Genetic modification involving two genes associated with pigmentation resulted in the formation of flowers with blue petals. This result facilitates the expansion of flower color variation in chrysanthemum, increase the potential value of the flowers, and open possibilities and new applications that may contribute to the expansion of the flower industry.Read more.