The 7th International Symposium on Food and Environment was organized

The Graduate School of Biosphere Science organized the 7th International Symposium on Food and Environment as an event of Home Coming Day of Hiroshima University on 1 November. The focus of the international symposium this year was “Environment of Food Security and Food Safety in Asia”.
(General Chairperson: Dr. Lawrence M. Liao)
(Opening message from the Dean,

Dr. Kazumasa Uematsu)
At the opening, Professor Kazumasa Uematsu, Dean of the school, delivered his welcome message.

Speakers were invited from sister universities of Hiroshima University such as Nong Lam University (Vietnam), University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) and Kasetsart University (Thailand).
(Rationale of the Symposium by the Vice Dean,

Dr. Hiroshi Sakugawa)
(There was a large audience in the Room C206)

The topics and speakers in Part 1 were “Environment of Food Security and Food Safety in Vietnam”presented by Dr. Phan Tai Huan (Nong Lam University) and “Food Security in South Asia under Changing and Variable Climate: A case study from Sri Lanka”presented by Dr. Buddhi Marambe (University of Peradeniya).
(Dr. Phan Tai Huan)
(Chair: Dr. Takuya Suzuki)
(Dr. Buddhi Marambe)
(Chair: Dr. Toshinori Nagaoka)
In Part 2, Dr. Ratiya Thuwapanichayanan (Kasetsart University) presented Preparation of germinated paddy with high gamma-aminobutyric acid by soaking combined with anaerobic and fluidized bed heat treatment”, and Dr. Manabu Asakawa (Hiroshima University) presented Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) –The Safety of Food from the Sea”.
(Dr. Ratiya Thuwapanichayanan)
(Chair: Akihiro Ueda)
(Dr. Manabu Asakawa)
(Chair: Tadashi Shimamoto)
At the symposium, an active discussion on the current state of healthy food production in Asia followed with sharing ideas from each country. The audience composed of students, ordinary citizens, alumni, professors emeritus, and university staffs enjoyed the discussion on this important issue.

During the break time, three studies supported by the 2013 Grant-in-Aid for Research from the Graduate School of Biosphere Science were reported.

(Closing Remarks by by the Vice Dean,

Dr. Kazuya Nagasawa)

(Reception after the Symposium)