Mini-symposium for the International Fascination of Plants Day 2018

Release date : April 3, 2018 (Tuesday)


The "International Plants Day" is observed every year on May 18th for people around the world to think about the significance of plants. The Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba in cooperation with the Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO (CARC) is organizing a mini-symposium for the "International Fascination of Plants Day 2018". In this mini-symposium, the keynote speaker is Professor Peter Schausberger of the University of Vienna, a world-renowned scientist who has done research in behavioral ecological study of Phytoseiid mites which plays a significant role in plant protection. Prof. Schausberger along with three researchers from Tsukuba Science City will introduce a wide range of research focusing on living organisms supported by plants or supporting plants.


April 21, 2018 (Sat) 14:00~16:00


University of Tsukuba,Room A110, Laboratory of Advanced Research A
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan



Opening address
Yooichi Kainoh (FLES, Univ. Tsukuba )


A pest but it's life is beautiful - Alternative male mating tactics in the two-spotted spider mite -
Yukie Sato (Mountain Science Center, FLES, Univ. Tsukuba)


Calling an alien for help: Plant-insect communications
Chia-Ming Liu (Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ. Tsukuba)


Controlling insect pests with insects: New biological control agents and tools in Japan
Norihide Hinomoto (Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO)


Early learning by predatory mites benefits plants to get rid of herbivores
Peter Schausberger (University of Vienna / JSPS Invited Fellow)


Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Co-organizer: Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO

Participation Fees:

Free. Pre-registration is not necessary.


On the symposium day, "University of Tsukuba- Kids and University" for elementary school students to general public and many other events related to International Plants day will be held at the venue. Please feel free to participate along with this mini symposium. Check here for further details

For enquiries

Principal Researcher
Biological Control Research Group
Division of Applied Entomology and Zoology
Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO
E-mail: hinomoto(at)
TEL: 029-838-8939

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