The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Fukushima Gakuin College, Junior College of Childcare, Associate Professor, Hiroyuki Sugiura

Radioactive material countermeasures research towards the restoration of horticultural activities at education and welfare facilities, as well as in household gardens

Research grant

Project Description

The nuclear accident which accompanied the Great Eastern Japan earthquake caused our university in Fukushima City to endure radioactive contamination. Subsequently, previously carried out horticultural activities such as vegetable cultivation in surrounding education and welfare facilities have stopped. Research regarding quick and economic methods for decontamination of gardens and small vegetable patches is being carried out, and the dissemination of methods will restore horticultural activities in education, childcare and welfare organizations. These activities are also being carried out in order to return peace of mind regarding general home gardening, also.

Marine resources/foodPreservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2011 - March 2014
Grant amount
18,869,511 yen
Activity region
Date-shi, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Sample preparation (peeling potatoes to weigh them without their skin, in order to measure radioactive contamination)

Overview of the Organization

Hiroyuki Sugiura, Associate Professor
Hiroyuki Sugiura, Associate Professor
Specialist field
Affiliated academic societies
Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, Japanese Society of Radiological Technology The Radiation Protection Section, Japanese Society of People-Plant Relationships, Pesticide Science Society of Japan
In April 1989, became a technology officer at the Niigata Prefectural Government, working in the horticulture laboratory as a flowering plant researcher, until being transferred to the Center for Improving and Popularizing Agriculture in April 1996, and then was promoted in April 1997 to Chief. In August of 1997, took the post of an expert at JICA, at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Department of Horticulture. After staying in the post for three years, took the position of researcher at Shinshu University's Agriculture Department. In April 2001, joined a Doctorate program at Gifu University's United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, graduating in March 2004. After a brief period of self employment, in April 2005 joined Fukushima College's Junior College as an associate professor, and continues to hold this position.
Collaborating researchers
Keisuke Kono (Professor, Fukushima College, Junior College Department of Nutrition), Yukihiko Kayama (Professor, Fukushima College, Department of Welfare)
Research record
  • (1) "Utilization of radiation for breeding (Influence of soft roentgen-rays on azalea," The Horitcultural Journal, 66 volumes, 1, 424, 1997 etc)
  • (2) Research on crop growth and cellular morphology. Sugiura, H.. Effects of 6-benzylaminopurine and ethephon applications on flowering and morphology in summer-to-autumn-flowering chrysanthemum under open fi eld conditions. J. Pest. Sci. 29, 308-312, 2004. Etc.)
  • (3) Research on the utilization of horticultural activities for education and welfare (Research regarding educational science for children on gardening, agriculture experience, and knowledge and capability, Japanese Society of People-Plant Relationships, Volume 9, 7-11, 2010, etc.