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MARCO SYMPOSIUM 2009
Challenges for Agro-Environmental Research
in Monsoon Asia

October 5- 7, 2009
Symposium (Plenary Sessions): Oct. 5 & 7
Workshops: Oct. 6-7
Some workshops have extended programs

Epochal Tsukuba(Tsukuba International Congress Center)
Organizer: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES), Japan


Agriculture centering on paddy rice in Monsoon Asia has enabled sustainable production while fostering distinctive agroecosystem. The demand for food is, however, increasing in recent years due to population growth, economic development, movement of biofuel production and so forth. As a result, the demand for agricultural production of this region is significantly rising. On the other hand, agricultural and environmental problems, including an increase of environmental impact due to agricultural intensification, deterioration of natural resources, and the progress of global warming, are getting more serious. It is imperative that researchers, engineers, and administrators of this region internationally closely collaborate to meet growing needs to agriculture while harmonizing nature. In the coming three-day-symposium, we will report the status quo and the trend of problems, will present the latest studies, and will discuss the direction of future research and collaboration.
In the plenary session on the first day, agricultural and environmental issues in Monsoon Asia will be comprehensively presented.
During the workshops on the second and third days we will divide into groups to have lectures and discuss issues as follows: heavy metal, heat stress, plant natural resources, agroecosystem in relations with biodiversity, and metagenomics analysis techniques.
In the plenary session on the third day, we will discuss the collaboration and research cooperation aiming at solving issues after the reports of each workshop and MARCO satellite workshops.
Note: The official language at the symposium will be English.

Registration will start in the middle of August July.

CALL FOR PAPERS (Poster Presentation Only)
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Contact:
Dr. Hitoshi Toritani
NIAES Research Coordination Office
National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES, Japan)
3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8604
Phone: (+81)-29-838-8181
Fax: (+81)-29-838-8148
E-mail: coord@niaes.affrc.go.jp
MARCO Symposium
Program
DateTime
Oct.5
Mon.
09:00–09:30Registration
09:30–10:10Opening Ceremony
10:15–17:15Plenary SessionKeynote Lecture
Lectures
09:30–17:15Poster Session
17:30–19:00Reception
Oct.6
Tues.
09:00–17:00Workshop 1Development of phyto-technology for decreasing heavy metal in food
Workshop 2Crop Production under Heat Stress
Workshop 3Survey of Plant Natural Resources and Isolation of Allelochemicals in Monsoon Asia
Workshop 4Biodiversity and Agro-ecosystem in Rice Paddy Landscape in Monsoon Asia
Workshop 5Perspectives of Metagenomics in Agricultural Research
Poster Session
Oct.7
Wed.
09:00–12:00 Workshop 1 Development of phyto-technology for decreasing heavy metal in food
Workshop 2Crop Production under Heat Stress
Workshop 3Survey of Plant Natural Resources and Isolation of Allelochemicals in Monsoon Asia
Workshop 4Short excursion
Hojo (the foot of Mt. Tsukuba), the shore of Lake Kasumigaura, Yatsuda (the upland in Tsukuba Inashiki District)
Poster Session
13:00–15:00Plenary SessionDiscussion (Summing-up session)
Closing

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