Lab. Sustainable Agriculture 
■Disciplines : Agronomy, Crop Physiology

TEL : +81 42 463 1611
FAX : +81 42 464 4391

Professional Experience & Education

Ph.D. Mar/2007, The University of Tokyo (Agronomy/Crop Physiology)
M.Sc. Mar/2004, The University of Tokyo (Agronomy)
B.Sc. Mar/2002, The University of Tokyo (Agronomy)
• The 8th Young Investigator Award (2009). The Foundation of Agricultural Sciences of Japan
• The 13th Research Award for Young Scientists (2008). Japanese Society of Crop Science

Apr/2005-Mar/2007: JSPS Research Fellow
Apr/2007-Jul/2007: Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Tokyo
Jul/2007-Jul/2013: Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
Nov/2011-Jul/2013: Visiting Research Fellow, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Jul/2013-Jul/2016: Scientist, International Rice Research Institute
Jan/2014-present: Adjunct Professor, The University of the Philippines, Los Banos
Jul/2016-Apr/2017: Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute
Apr/2017-Mar/2020: Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
Apr/2020-present: Professor, The University of Tokyo

Research Interests

1. Agronomy on the crop yield stability in low-input sustainable agriculture
2. Agronomy for the efficient water and crop management in direct-seeded rice
3. Physiology on the adaptation to water stress and low soil fertility in rainfed rice
4. Climate change adaptation in crop production in Asia

Research Topics


Manzanilla DO, Singh, RK, Kato Y, Johnson DE. (2016) Climate-ready technologies: Combating poverty by raising productivity in rainfed rice environments in Asia. Los Baños (Philippines): International Rice Research Institute. 204 p (available online:

Haefele SM, Kato Y, Singh S. (2016) Climate ready rice: augmenting drought tolerance with best management practices. Field Crops Res. 190, 60-69

Kato Y, Katsura K. (2014) Rice adaptation to aerobic soils: physiological consideration and implications for agronomy. Plant Prod. Sci. 17, 1-12

Kato Y, Yamagishi J. (2011) Long-term effects of organic manure application on the productivity of winter wheat grown in a crop rotation with maize in Japan. Field Crops Res. 120, 387-395