Prof. Teruo Higa is the director at International EM Technology Center. He was a professor at Meio University and a professor emeritus at University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.
Prof. Higa was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1941 and was raised with 9 brothers and sisters. Since he was a child, he has been involved in farming and has loved growing things. He entered University of the Ryukyus to learn more about agriculture. Development of fruit cultivation appeared a promising to advance Okinawan agriculture. Therefore, following his graduation, he earned his doctorate in Horticulture at Kyusyu University Graduate School. He was researching mandarin oranges which, at the time, relied heavily on agricultural chemicals. At this time he was interested in microorganisms but advocated of the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides because with his farming experience, he knew that farming was very labor intensive, especially making good compost. While he was involved in growing oranges, he noticed a decline in his health and started to break out in rashes. These symptoms got progressively worse. After that, he made microorganisms the main focus of his research. However, in those days it was common to work with one type at a time and there were many different types of microorganisms to test. There were no results of any significance even after five years. Then, one day, a lucky accident occurred and he realized that the key was the combination. After many trials and errors, Prof. Higa discovered a perfect mix that promotes healthy plant growth and coined the name “EM™” for that group.
His development of EM Technology™ has brought him international recognition, and now he gives guidance and assistance in the application and research of EM Technology™ around the world. He also provided guidance for the EM•X GOLD development. EM Technology™ developed by Prof. Higa, has spread in various fields such as governmental projects and the activities in private sectors, and it is disseminated in more than 110 countries.