Professor Toyoki Kozai was inaugurated as the president of Chiba University in 2005. Currently, He is leading R & D of “integrative environment control of greenhouses using heat pump, fogging and null-balance CO2 enrichment systems for hot summer regions” and ‘plant factory with artificial lighting for commercial production of plants’. After serving as the President of Chiba University, Professor Kozai was back in research, education and extension as a professor emeritus in an endowed chair position at the Centre for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University, with a special focus on medicinal plant production under controlled environments. Since 2010, he has been working as the Chief-director of Japan Plant Factory Association (non-profit organization).

Professor Kozai obtained a BS degree in Horticultural Sciences from Chiba University, and Master and Doctoral degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Tokyo. When he started his academic career in 1973 as an agricultural engineer, his work was focused on greenhouse environment control engineering. After establishing his early work on greenhouse light environments, energy savings, ventilation, and computer control, his scientific interest was extended to in vitro environments and their control for sugar-free medium micro-propagation.

Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award(2009) from Society of In Vitro Biology, USA.The 2002 Purple Ribbon Award (2002) from Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

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