National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES) > Outline
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The National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES) has its roots in the Agriculture and Commerce Ministry's National Agricultural Experiment Station, which was created in 1893. In 1950, this was reorganized into the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences, and in 1983 it was again reorganized into the National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences. In 2001, it became an independent administrative institution.
Under our five-year research plan, we have three objectives which emphasize basic studies and research meant to ensure the safety of agricultural production environments.
1) Assessing risk in agricultural environments and developing risk management technologies
2) Elucidating the structure of agricultural ecosystems in order to develop technologies to manage natural cycles
3) Basic research to help elucidate the functions of agricultural ecosystems
NIAES has organized following Research Projects (RP) to carry out the 3rd Medium Term Plan.
a) Library: Approximately 130,000 books and 2,100 periodicals relating to agricultural sciences, including agro-environmental studies stored for consultation by a large number of researchers.
b) Soil Museum: Soil monoliths from the whole country and the world including poor soil, fertile soil, red soil or black soil.
c) Insect Museum: 1.2 million specimens including agricultural insects to utilize for studying taxonomy and biodiversity.
d) Isolation Field for Transgenic Plants: Utilized to elucidate the effect of transgenic plants on the ecosystem.
e) Analysis Facility for Hazardous Chemicals in the Environment: Measurement of hazardous chemicals, such as dioxins and heavy metals, in the agro-environment.
f) Rice FACE Facility: Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment field to invesigate the effects of elevated CO2 on rice paddy.
These activities attended by a large number of researchers are organized in order to promote discussions on problems relating to agro-environmental researches. (see Announcement Page )
The Institute organizes training courses and promotes technical cooperation and the exchange of researchers with various countries depending on their requirements, with emphasis placed on the developing countries of Southeast Asia.
Principal Research Director
Research Planning Office
Research Coordination Office
Public Relations and Information Office
Research Information Systems Office
Safety Management Office
Experimental Farm Management Division
Principal Administrative Director
Administrative Services Office
Principal Research Coordinators
Carbon and Nutrient Cycles Division
Soil Environment Division
Environmental Biofunction Division
Ecosystem Informatics Division
Natural Resources Inventory Center
NIAES is located in Tsukuba Science City, approximately 60 km northeast of Tokyo. To reach NIAES from JR Ushiku Station, use the western exit and take the Kantetsu Bus for "Tsukuba Daigaku Byoin", "Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo", or "Yatabe Shako" which leaves from bus stop No. 4 located just outside of Ushiku Station. Ask for the stop named "Nogyo Kankyo Gijutsu Kenkyusho" after approximately a 15-20 minute ride.