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Envision Future Plants for Children.

Create future crops that respond to drastic environmental changes through rapid breeding technology.

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Reduce input required to grow

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Growing crops requires a large amount of resources (= input) such as fertilizers, pesticides, and water.
Most fertilizers and pesticides are products of nonrenewable resources such as fossil fuels and minerals.In addition, we cannot overlook problems such as energy consumed by heating and lighting in greenhouse horticulture, water scarcity, and soil deterioration.

We aim to minimize input necessary for growing crops through various approaches, such as improving fertilizer utilization of crops and making them resistant to diseases or environmental stresses.

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Increase output from the same amount of resources

We can increase the food (= output) obtained from the same amount of input by producing more crops with the same area of farmland and the same amount of resources and by reducing food loss generated in distribution and food processing.
All of this leads to sustainable agriculture and food development.

Plants are also alternative protein and renewable energy sources.

We aim to maximize output through various approaches such as higher crop yields, better storage stability, and optimization for processing.

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Humankind is required to respond to the changing environment at an unprecedented speed. The ever-increasing population is expected to reach about 10 billion around 2050. 
We must feed this large population in a deteriorating environment such as soil degradation, climate change, localized dryness, high temperatures, and heavy rainfall. To continue sustainable development while adapting to unprecedented changes in the environment, it is necessary to develop seeds more quickly and efficiently.

A rapidly increasing population
and a rapidly changing global environment

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Humans have used naturally occurring genetic changes to create new varieties through thousands of years of farming.  These genes were shuffled by crossbreeding, making the crops we are growing, harvesting, and eating.

Gene-editing technology improves varieties faster with minimum changes at the target gene by imitating naturally occurring genetic changes.

We are advancing the standardization of gene-editing to use this technology on various crops.

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However, gene-editing technology is just one way to produce better crops.We will formulate an optimal improvement strategy to produce more valuable crops, including conventional methods. Based on this policy, we will work with various partners to maximize the potential of crops and develop better seeds that will support the future.

Gene-editing as an option

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TECHNOLOGY

Gene-editing technology

Gene-editing is one of the solutions for rapid variety development.

All cultivated crops utilize naturally occurring genetic changes. New varieties have also been created by inducing genetic changes using radiation and chemical substances.

Gene-editing can create a pinpoint change in the targeted gene, so new varieties can be developed quickly (1 to 3 years) compared to the conventional method that relies on chance and selection (5 to 10 years).

At GRA&GREEN, we develop standardized gene-editing technology for any choice of commercial crops.

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SERVICE

Gene-editing joint research and development

We provide joint seed development utilizing gene-editing technology according to various needs and applications such as agriculture, forestry, and raw materials for food processing.
From strategy formulation for the production of the target variety to gene-editing and acquisition of notification data to government offices, we will provide a comprehensive service by utilizing the support of our expert team and our unique technology.

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Original seed development

Utilizing gene-editing technology and next-generation breeding technology, we are proposing new value through seed development.

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Grafting technology service

Grafting is an agricultural technique that humans have used for a long time. However, efficient and stable production of grafted seedlings requires craftsmanship and expertise. 
Our Grafting Cassette and Micrografting Chip enable anyone to graft tomato seedlings for production and Arabidopsis for research.

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RECRUIT

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At GRA&GREEN, we share the idea that we want to create new value from seedlings and provide them to society through agriculture and food. With this in mind, we are looking for colleagues who are willing to create significant value while growing together with the team.

* For more details, please get in touch with us through CONTACT.

COMPANY

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Company name:

GRA&GREEN Inc.

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Date of establishment:

April 2017

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Head office location:

Incubation Facility #106 Nagoya University
Furo-cho 1 ban, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-0814, Japan

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CEO:

Masaki Niwa, Ph.D.

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​Head Office Lab

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Toyohashi Research Farm

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MEMBERS

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CEO

Masaki Niwa

Co-founder. After working as an assistant professor at Kyoto University, he participated in the Notaguchi project at Nagoya University. His specialty is plant science. Graduated from Kyoto University, Ph.D. (Life Science)

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Science Adviser(Director)

Michitaka Notaguchi

Co-founder. Nagoya University Associate Professor. Ph.D. (Science)

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CTO

Takehito Kobayashi

Graduated from Kyushu University, Ph.D. (Agriculture)

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COO

Keita Susa

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CFO

Akashi Takita

CPA, patent attorney

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CLO

Yoshihito Daimon

JD, patent attorney

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Outside Director:

Akito Arima

 (Beyond Next Ventures Co., Ltd.)

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Outside Director:

Kei Furukawa

 (UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd..)

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Auditor:

Hiroyasu Mori, CPA

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Outside Auditor:

Nobuhiko Hayashi, CPA

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Technical Advisor

Tetsuya Higashiyama

 (Professor, University of Tokyo)

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Adviser:

Tomy Kamada

(TomyK Ltd.)

Shinichiro Yasukawa

 (Great Journey LLC)

Yasuharu Watanabe

 (Spirete Co., Ltd.)

 
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AWARDS

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PARTNERS

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