Res. Core for Future Crops

The objectives of this core are to exploit new research topics that are expected to be important in the near future and to advance future-oriented studies in plant stress science. Collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya, Eastern Africa) will be promoted towards an ultimate goal to enable crop production under stressful conditions.


Ecophysiology Research Team

Under construction…


Crop Design Research Team

Our team was launched in November 2015 based on an agreement for a cross-appointment between Okayama University and RIKEN. Taking advantage of genetic resources in IPSR and integrating a broad range of data and knowledge related to the physiological responses of the plant, our group aims to accelerate discovery of genes that contribute to higher crop productivity. It is essential to understand interactions of genes and environmental changes in plants under field conditions. Our team has been promoting the research to elucidate physiological states transitions of crops throughout their life cycle in field conditions by integration of various comprehensive analytical techniques. We also have been promoting the development of analytical methodologies to computationally predict agronomic traits of crops by using field data.

Specially Appointed Professor: Keiichi Mochida
Professor: Takashi Hirayama (adjunctive)


Crop Innovation Research Team

Under construction…


International Collaboration Team

Understanding how plants respond and acclimate themselves to various biotic and abiotic stress conditions is useful to generate future crops endowed with ‘stress resistance’. However, the application of stress-resistant crops must be conducted from a global standpoint, which necessitates international collaboration in a timely and strategic manner. Currently, this group aims to develop a research network in east Africa, in collaboration with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya and Makerere University in Uganda. Through this research network, our institute accepts graduate students and researchers, who conduct various projects in disciplines related to plant stress science. The group also organizes international meetings, both domestically and abroad, to accelerate networking.

Joint research with Kenya (Fiscal year 2010–2016):
Professor: Wataru Sakamoto, group leader, serving concurrently
Professor: Masahiko Maekawa, serving concurrently
Professor: Nobuhiro Suzuki, serving concurrently
Associate Professor: Akio Tani, serving concurrently
Faculty members from Graduate School for Environmental and Life Science:
Professor Yasutaka Kubo