The Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University (RFAAHU) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) signed Memorandum of Agreement strengthening cooperation between the rice scientists of the two institutes. According to the agreement, the two institutes will undertake exchange of organization members and research fellows; joint supervision of students conducting research, thesis, and fieldwork; exchange of academic materials, publications, and information; and conduct joint research projects and organize symposiums.
Representatives from the two institutes also discussed mutual areas of interests. Chaired by Prof. Yuji Kishima of RFAHU, participants from IRRI included Dr.Noel Magor, Dr. II Ryong Choi, Dr. Russell Reinke, Dr. Takashi Yamano, and Ms. Anilyn Maningas.
IRRI External Relations Director Corinta Guerta and RFAAHU Dean Prof. Tomomi Marutani signed the agreement on 10 March.
RFAAHU was inaugurated in 1876 and was the first academic institute in Japan to award bachelor degrees. Today, it remains at the forefront of research on food security, bio-resource management, biomass energy supply, and environmental conservation through restructuring of systematized agriculture.
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