Publication of a Book Chapter from Springer Nature

Masatoshi Funabashi published a chapter “Augmentation of Plant Genetic Diversity in Synecoculture: Theory and Practice in Temperate and Tropical Zones” in the book: D. Nandwani (Ed.) Genetic Diversity in Horticultural Plants, Sustainable Development and Biodiversity 22, Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019


This article contains the theoretical foundation and the results of the proof of concept experiments that are essential to establish a novel developmental and legislative framework for the sustainable use of plant genetic resources, overarching the protection of the natural environment and agricultural production mainstreaming biodiversity.

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Publication on Synecoculture from Nature Research

Masatoshi Funabashi has published a perspective article from Nature Partner Journal Science of Food:

Human augmentation of ecosystems: objectives for food production and science by 2045

This perspective paper defines a novel paradigm, the anthropogenic augmentation of ecosystems, as a solution to health-diet-environment trilemma.

Based on this perspective, FOOD flagship project was established in the UniTwin UNESCO Complex Systems Digital Campus.

From 2020, this e-laboratory changed its name from “Open Systems Exploration for Ecosystems Leveraging” to “Human Augmentation of Ecosystems”, taking the perspective article as the landmark publication of the initial phase in CS-DC.

Publication of Proceedings of the First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015

Proceedings of the First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015 was published from Springer Proceedings in Complexity:

Parrend, Pierre, Bourgine, Paul, Collet, Pierre (Eds.) First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015. Springer Proceedings in Complexity, 2017

In this book, the following articles were published including the studies from the synecoculture project.

Tokoro, Mario “Open Systems Science: A Challenge to Open Systems Problems” First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, 2017, Pages 213-221

Funabashi, Masatoshi “Open Systems Exploration: An Example with Ecosystems Management” First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, 2017, Pages 223-243

Funabashi, Masatoshi (et al.) “Foundation of CS-DC e-Laboratory: Open Systems Exploration for Ecosystems Leveraging” First Complex Systems Digital Campus World E-Conference 2015, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, 2017, Pages 351-374

Publication of Review Article in Plant Biotechnology

Masatoshi Funabashi has published the following review article:

M. Funabashi, “Synecological farming: Theoretical foundation on biodiversity responses of plant communities” Plant Biotechnology, special issue plants environmental responses, 16.0219a

This article explains the integrated model of physiological and ecological optima, IMPEO, which makes the theoretical foundation of Synecoculture.

In the same volume also co-authored the following articles:

Kousaku Ohta, Tsuyoshi Takeshi, Masatoshi Funabashi, Shoji Oda “Naturally Grown Rucola, Eruca sativa, contains more a-linolenic acid than Conventionally Grown Rucola”Plant Biotechnology, special issue plants environmental responses, 16.0217b

λ Tsuyoshi Mizoguchi, Masatoshi Funabashi “Environmental responses of plants: Biological interactions in the homogenous population or community (mixed populations)” Plant Biotechnology, Vol. 33 (2016) No. 4, 211-212