SATREPS Program Challenging Global Issues on Crop Production: Overview

  • Makie KokubunEmail author
  • Shuichi Asanuma


Food is essential to human life, but there remain not a few people who cannot be accessible to adequate amount and quality of food, especially in some developing countries. Since a major portion of human diet comes from crop products, a continuous increase in crop production is required to feed the burgeoning population. Crop growth is strongly regulated by environmental factors such as temperature, precipitation, and soil property. An excess and/or deficit in water availability, supra- or suboptimal temperature, and poor soil fertility are major prevalent environmental factors likely to restrict crop productivity in developing regions. Risks of outburst of diseases and insects, which could be accentuated by projected global warming, are also threatening future crop production worldwide. Advanced technologies are expected to be applied, through international collaboration, to address global issues threatening developing countries. Based on this idea, the program named “Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)” was initiated in 2008. The verification of the effectiveness should provide useful information for the future opportunities to apply these technologies to address the issues limiting crop productivity in the developing regions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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