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International Activities

Collaborating with Ankara University, Ege University, and Middle East Technical University in Turkey, the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, has been implementing international student exchange programs: Global Agriculture and Food Science Program and Global Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Program. These programs are designed to foster experts in agriculture who utilize advanced technology and experience and wisdom from other countries to solve problems; who contribute to the development of agriculture, disaster mitigation and recovery systems, and agricultural economy of Japan and the world; and who possess “RESILIENCE,” the ability to flexibly respond to issues, related to agriculture and disasters, from global and local perspectives. Furthermore, a hybridtype student exchange program is being developed, combining actual dispatch and online education, by introducing Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) into the program. In addition, the Faculty of Agriculture is hosting the 7th International Symposium on Strategies for Sustainability in Food Production, Agriculture and the Environment 2021(ISFAE2021NIIGATA) online on December 2nd and 3rd, 2021. During the symposium, faculty members and students from Niigata University and overseas partner institutions will share their research activities. In this manner, students as well as faculty members have various opportunities to join international communication networks and to conduct joint research projects, leading the Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, to be more globally active.

International Joint Research Projects 2022

1. Medullary bone in dinosaur

Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, USA

2. Avian calcium metabolism and bone function

Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, USA

3. Study on chitinases derived from rubber plants and microorganisms in Vietnam

■ SUZUKI Kazushi
■ WATANABE Takeshi
Tay Nguyen University, Biotechnology Center, Vietnam

4. Post-transcriptional regulation by the Csr global regulatory system in Escherichia coli

■ SUZUKI Kazushi
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, USA

5. Nitrogen absorption and metabolism of curcuma

■ OHTAKE Norikuni
Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

6. Regulation of plant and microbial carbohydrate metabolism

■ MITSUI Toshiaki
Agrobiotechnology Institute UPNA/CSIC, Spain

7. Development of novel technological approaches for a low-cost and reliable characterization of CROP Yield QUALity Traits of target crops grown under Changing Environmental Conditions (CropYQualT-CEC)

■ MITSUI Toshiaki
■ MURAT Aycan
CSIC Agrobiotechnology Institute, Spain

8. Phytopathogens: a good Opportunity to Improve crop yieldS and quality under changing Environmental conditions(POISE)

■ ITOH Kimiko
IdAB, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)/ IDEN BIOTECHNOLOGY, Spain 
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Researches (IPK), Germany 
Centre of the Region Hana for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRHBAR), Czech Republic

9. Production of a novel glycogen in Escherichia coli

■ ITOH Kimiko
■ MITSUI Toshiaki
IdAB, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain

10. Developmental technology for improvement of animal foods

■ NISHIUMI Tadayuki
College of Food Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China

11. Study on the mechanism of pressure-induced gelation of meat proteins and utilization of animal by-products

■ NISHIUMI Tadayuki
Hefei University of Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

12.Soil microbial ecology in Turkish paddy soil

■ HARADA Naoki
■ SUZUKI Kazuki
Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, Turkey

13. Enhancing the anaerobic digestion of crop straw

■ OHASHI Shintaroh
College Water Resources and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, China

14. Development of non-destructive evaluation of agricultural products

■ OHASHI Shintaroh
Faculty of Agriculture, Ningxia University, China

15. Development of quality control technology for post harvest agricultural products

■ OHASHI Shintaroh
Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

16. Study on quality evaluation of post harvest agricultural products

■ OHASHI Shintaroh
School of Bioresources and Technology, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thombouri, Thailand

17. Hydrological Change of Southern and South-western Slope of Mt. Merapi after the 2010 Eruption

■ GONDA Yutaka
Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

18. Genetic improvement of medicinal plants by biotechnology

■ NAKANO Masaru
■ OTANI Masahiro
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand

19. Study on biosynthetic enzymes and genes of terpenoids

■ SATO Tsutomu
Institute of molecular medicine, Medical school, National Chengkung University, Taiwan

20. Reaction mechanism of terpenoid biosynthesis

■ SATO Tsutomu
Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin, Germany

21.Study on mechanism of plant disease resistance in Brassica crops

■ OKAZAKI Keiichi
School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, UK

22. Study on mechanism of origin formation in Brassica crops

■ OKAZAKI Keiichi
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh

23. Search for high protein soybean and development of high speed deep placement fertilizer applicator for large-scale farming in the Russian Federation Far East

■ SANO Yoshitaka
■ OHTAKE Norikuni
Federal State Budget Scientific Institution “All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Soybean”/ Federal Scientific Center of Agrobiotechnologies in the Far East named after A. K.Chaika/ Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education “Primorskaya State Academy of Agriculture”/ Far Eastern State Agricultural University, Russian Federation

24. Development of a chisel plow for grain production in the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation

Republic of Buryat, Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education “Buryat State Academy of Agriculture”, Russian Federation

25. Investigation to Sustainable Agricultural Production of Rural Households in Ukraine

National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine/ National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

26. Study for agriculture and rural development in Mozambique

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security/ Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

27. Survey of innovative agricultural models that contribute to the sustainable development of cities

Shanghai University, China

28. Functional genomics in legumes

■ FUKAI Eigo
Aarhus University, Denmark/p>

29. Improvement of Major Abiotic Stress Tolerance Plants by Controlling Signalling Factors in Rice (Oryza sativa L.)

■ ITOH Kimiko
Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

30. Development of machine learning and remote sensing-based water management platform for sustainable agriculture in Asian deltas

Institute of Water Resources Planning, Vietnam, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

31.Innovative biofertilizers boosting yield of cereals and horticultural crops under global climate change: Toward Sustainability of Agricultural systems against the Climate Change in arid zoness (SUS AGRI CC C)

■ MITSUI Toshiaki
Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco

32.Expansion of agriculture in northern cold-climate regions: A cross-sectoral perspective on opportunities and challenges

■ NAGANO Hirohiko
Memorial University of Newfoundland,Canada

33.Effects of environmental changes on greenhouse gas dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems of northern high-latitude regions

■ NAGANO Hirohiko
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA

34.Development of non-destructive damage evaluation method of pipeline by the mutual cooperation of the earthquake frequent countries

■ SUZUKI Tetsuya
Ege University,Turkey

35.Determination of microbial diversity and activities during composting, vermicomposting and heat treatment of different waste biomasses

Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, Turkey

36.UK-Japan joint research to elucidate the birth of plant sex chromosomes and the evolution of sex-determining systems

■ OTANI Masahiro
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

37.Identification of agronomic trait loci in common bean

■ FUKAI Eigo
Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), Rwanda

38.Development of cassava mosaic disease-resistant varieties in Southeast Asia

Agricultural Genetics Institute, Vietnam; Hung Loc Agricultural Research Center, Vietnam

39.Microplastic contamination in arable land in Turkey

■ HARADA Naoki
■ SUZUKI Kazuki
Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, Turkey

40.Microbial ecology on soil plastisphere

■ HARADA Naoki
■ SUZUKI Kazuki
Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, Turkey

41.Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis associated with upland rice in Bangladesh

■ HARADA Naoki
■ SUZUKI Kazuki
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh

42.Modeling the hydrology of heavy rain events using radar and gauge data

Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, USA

43.Evolution of Plant Pathogen

■ OKADA Moeko
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich/ Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Overseas Partner Institutions

University of Milan, Italy
University of L’Aquila, Italy
Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
Wageningen University, Netherlands
College of Natural Resources, Yeungnam University, Korea
Public University of Navarre, Spain
Kasetsart University, Thailand
Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Thailand
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Ningxia University, China
Northeast Agricultural University, China
Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China
China Agricultural University, China
Shanghai University, China
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ankara University, Turkey
Ege University, Turkey
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Tay Nguyen University, Vietnam
Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam
Mongolian University of Life Sciences, Mongolia
Far Eastern Federal University, Russia
Far Eastern State Agricultural University, Russia
Primorskaya State Academy of Agriculture, Russia
Federal State Budget Scientific Institution, “All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Soybean,” Russia
Federal State Budget Scientific Institution, “Federal Research Center of Agribiotechnology of the Far East named after A.K. Chaika,” Russia

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