University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

University-Industry Research Cooperation Societally Applied Scientific Linkage and Collaboration

University-Industry Cooperative Research Committees

160th Committee on Plant Biotechnology for the Environment, Food and Resources

Aims and Goals

In the 21st century, the civilization of the 20th century that relied almost entirely on fossil resources should be dramatically reoriented so that a sustainable society can be built up. The basic requirement for achieving this aim is the use of solar energy to expand and utilize the capability of plants to make organic matter from inorganic matter. The committee will reach solutions to difficult problems the earth and humankind are faced with regarding population, food, the environment, natural resources, etc., by promoting the advancement of plant molecular biology and genome information science, enhancing the assimilating capabilities of plants, and providing plants with resistivity to compound stresses by using genetic modification technology and other methods.

Research Themes

1. Basic and practical research in plant biotechnology for food security

Basic and practical research in plant biotechnology for environmental conservation and environmental restoration

Basic and practical research in plant biotechnology and metabolic engineering for natural resources

Development of technology roadmap for green-innovation

2. Promotion of public relations and public engagement activities in plant biotechnology

Promotion of international cooperation in plant biotechnology

Committee Chairperson

Takashi Hashimoto
Nara Institute of Science and Technology


January 2016 to December 2020 (Fifth term, Five years)

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 42
Industry: 20
Total membership: 62

Committee Web Site