Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO (NIFTS) conducts basic and innovative research in fruit tree and tea science in order to respond to the needs of consumers, producers and people involved in related industries, and contributes to the advancement of fruit and tea production and the enrichment of dietary life in Japan.


A technical report on the definition of matcha is published by ISO

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) played a leading role in the preparation of the technical report ISO TR 21380 on the definition of matcha, was published on April 11 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This technical report summarizes the cultivation method, manufacturing method, and history of matcha that has developed independently in Japan and is expected to improve the reputation of Japanese matcha in the international tea market. Read more

Identification of chromosomal regions regulating apple flesh browning

The National Agricultural Food Research Organization (NARO) and the Aomori Prefectural Industrial Technology Research Center (AITC) have identified three chromosomal regions regulating apple flesh browning through large-scale genetic analysis and developed a DNA-marker to select non-browning factor on these regions. It is expected that this research result will significantly accelerate the breeding of non-browning apple cultivars. Read more

Development of a prototype of an automatic fruit harvesting robot

Aiming at the establishment of the labor-saving cultivation system, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), in collaboration with Ritsumeikan University and an auto parts manufacturer DENSO Corp., has developed a prototype of a harvesting robot that can pick a fruit at the same speed as a person. The video of the harvesting robot picking fruits is open to the public. We will continue the demonstration projects and aim to introduce the product to orchards around the country. Read more

The development of late-ripening citrus cultivar 'Asuki': Advantage for producers to supply extremely sweet citrus after March

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) has developed a late-ripening citrus cultivar 'Asuki' with extremely high sugar content and a rich flavor. 'Asuki' seedlings are in the market since December 2020.'Asuki' fruits with high sugar content can be stably produced without drought stress treatment. 'Asuki' has the fruit characteristics suitable for the processing, especially for fresh-cut products with increasing consumer demand, since it has less drip amount after processing and storage as same as that of sweet oranges. Read more

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