History of the Research Institute


  • Dr. Jiro Sugi
  • Mr. Tadao Fujimori, Managing Director, Akatsuka Garden Co.,Ltd.
  • Dr. Tadashi Matsumoto
  • Dr. Hitoshi Kunoh
  • (present) Dr. Tomio Nishimura


1966 Research of tissue culturing of Orchids (Cymbidium) launched
1967 Stem meristem culturing (also known as growth point culturing) of Cymbidium met with success, and mass production of Orchids started
1969 Rooms for research of tissue culturing constructed
1971 Stem meristem culturing of other Orchids such as Cattleya, Dendrobium and Vanda also succeeded, and their mass production started
1978 Mass production of several other ornamental plants (Nephrolepis exaltata cv. Bostoniensis, Alocasia, Spathiphyllum, Syngonium) began
1986 Mass production of Rhododendron began
1989 Mass production of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) began
1994 "The Institute for Biological Process Research" founded with expanded cultivation rooms
2000 Began production of medicinal plants

Collaborative research with Mie University and Toyama Prefectural University succeeded in isolating the R-5 strain of antimicrobial endophytic actinomycete from Rhododendron. The results were published in a scientific paper and applied for international patents.
2001 Held FFC World 2001 in Yokohama and Tsu city
2002 Scientific paper on antimicrobial endophytic actinomycete AOK-30 isolated from Mountain Laurel researched together with Mie University was published in the journal "Actinomycetologica".
2003 The novel technique of plant disease biocontrol using endophytic actinomycetes received US Patent No. 6,544,511 B2
2004 The above technique received Japanese Patent No. 3629212
2005 New building of the Institute for Biological Process Research completed

Awarded "Poster of the Year" by the Society for Actinomycetes Japan

Held the 2005 International Forum on FFC Technology in Nagoya
2006 An actinomycete which promotes sprouting of roots is isolated and a patent is pending on research and development of a plant life stabilizing agent which depends on FFC Ceramics as a carrier.

Official commercial sponsor of the 1st Anti-aging International Symposium & Exposition in Tokyo AISET 2006.

Two research staff members received the "Hamada Award" for young researchers at the 2006 meeting of the Society for Actinomycetes Japan
2007 Awarded "Poster of the Year" by the Society for Actinomycetes Japan
2008 Reported in both poster and oral presentations in the 14th International Symposium on the Biology of Actinomycetes held in Britain

Mass propagation of Titanbicus (Hibiscus "Taitanbicus") commenced
2009 Held International Forum on FFC Technology in Tokyo

Research of tissue culturing of Lenten Rose (Helleborus. x hybridus) initiated
2011 FFC Ace Ver. 2 developed
2012 Mass propagation of Lenten Rose commenced

Research of tissue culturing of Peruvian Lily(Alstroemeria spp.) initiated
2013 Mass propagation of Peruvian Lily commenced
2014 FFC Pairogen drink series redesigned and improved