Tsuyoshi Shimmura, Associate Professor of GIR, won “Japan Prize in Agricultural Science，Achievement Award for Young Scientists” from the Foundation of Agricultural Science of Japan on November 22, 2019.
Japan Prize in Agricultural Science，Achievement Award for Young Scientists
■Outline of the award
“Regulation mechanism of behaviour of chickens: Elucidation and application”
Dr. Shimmura developed a productive and animal welfare-friendly systems, broody-hen modified robot and new furnished cage, applying the behavioural habits of birds which he elucidated.
The robot is developed applying the behavioural habits of chicks and laying hens including highly sophisticated sound communications between them.Dr. Shimmura uncovered the mechanism of hens’ competition to the resource and designed a new cage by dividing the resources. This new redesigned furnished cage, reduced the competition to the resource and the introduction cost to 1/1000.
The award is given to an individual with significant contribution to the field of agriculture, forestry and fishes and related industries, which is the foundation of permanent coexistence of human and nature, for its further development.