Tropical Crops & Environment (Institute of Tropical Agriculture)


In our Institute was established in 1975 for use by the university to conduct basic research on tropical agriculture and its related fields, and to contribute to the advance of research on tropical agriculture in collaboration with researchers/students from outside of the university. In 1988, the institute was expanded into two sections: Crop Production Section, and Land-Water Resources & Environment Conservation with 6 staff members. In 2013, International Development Section was newly established, and one associate professor was assigned to the section. Moreover, Crop Production Section has changed its name to Tropical Crops and Environment Section.
In the tropics and the subtropics, we can see most of the global issues including deforestation, desertification, environmental pollution and loss of biodiversity as well as unstable or insufficient agricultural production. Thus the impediments in tropical and subtropical areas are common agenda of humankind. These difficulties can be solved with a cooperation of international intelligence. Tropical agriculture seeks a better solution within a framework of sustainable development.

Research Theme

  1. Biodiversity in tropical agricultural ecosystem.
  2. Taxonomic and biological research on ants in the Oriental Region and adjacent regions.
  3. Taxonomic and biological research on insect and pathogens pests infesting tropical crops.
  4. Research of the cultivation and breeding of horticulture crops in tropical regions.
  5. Conservation and utilization of plant resources originated in tropical regions.
  6. Biological control of soilborne plant diseases in tropical regions.


Kazuo OGATA  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Ikuo MIYAJIMA  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Masaru MATSUMOTO  Ph.D., M.Sc.


Location6-10-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka 812-8581 JAPAN
Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kyushu University
(Hakozaki Campus)
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