About the Author
With over 270 original papers, 140 review papers, 159 other papers, 171 books or book chapters, and 7 translations of books from English to Japanese, 20 active patents with 50 approved in total, Toyoki Kozai is an award winning scientist who has made significant contributions to the advancement of technology and agriculture, particularly plant factory science. Dr. Genhua Niu is a professor in Urban Agriculture at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Dallas. Her research focuses on development of culture information and best management practices related to urban agriculture, which is the idea of crop production in an urban setting, including peri-urban greenhouses and indoor vertical farms in the middle of a city. Prior to this position, Dr. Niu was a professor in urban landscape water conservation at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in El Paso. Dr. Niu has published 129 refereed journal papers, 18 book chapters, 49 proceedings papers, and 23 technical extension articles and edited 3 books. She has received several awards from American Society for Horticultural Science, USDA-NIFA, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Takagaki is Professor at the Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, assigned to the University Farm, and has engaged in education and research. In charge of foreign student affairs since 1997 and of international affairs in general since 2006. She holds a concurrent assignment as the Director of the Center for Environment, Health and Fields Sciences since 2009 (2009-2015, 2018-present). Engaging with research and experiments in Agronomy of Tropical Agriculture with major fields in Thailand, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, Dr. Takagaki has done research and taught in the fields of tropical agriculture, environmental control, protected horticulture and training of basic horticulture.