Since its establishment in 2013, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) has been a leader in creating a sustainable society through transdisciplinary integration of plant science, chemical biology, and catalytic chemistry. Using as guides the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and the agreement of the COP21 on achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions, we are promoting five flagship projects.

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Interdisciplinary R&D Projects

R&D Project of Carbon Utilization
Contributing to sustainable food and biomass production through development of plant trait improvement techniques
Metabolic Genome Engineering
Maximizing capacities of plants and microorganisms for chemical synthesis in expanding the production and use of bioproducts
Innovative Catalysts
Developing new, highly efficient catalysts that use natural resources
Leading-edge Polymers
Developing new polymers with beneficial functions improving efficiency in the use of resources and creating new industries
Advanced Research and Technology Platforms
Advancing analytical technology and information platforms and leading innovation as a science and technology hub in Japan