Nobuyuki Tanaka is an economic botanist at the Tokyo Metropolitan University, the Makino Botanical Garden in Kōchi prefecture, Japan and the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan.
Tanaka is an expert on the family Cannaceae, and in 2001 published a revision of the family Cannaceae in the New World and Asia. Another contribution by Dr. Tanaka is to revise the Flora of Myanmar.
- Tetsuya Matsui, Tsutomu Yagihashi, Tomoki Nakaya, Hirosi Taoda, Shuichiro Yoshinaga, Hiromu Daimaru, Nobuyuki Tanaka (2004): Probability distributions, vulnerability and sensitivity in Fagus crenata forests following predicted climate changes in Japan, in Journal of Vegetation Science Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 605–614 
- Tetsuya Matsui, Tsutomu Yagihashi, Tomoki Nakaya, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Hiroshi Taoda (2004): Climatic controls on distribution of Fagus crenata forests in Japan, in Journal of Vegetation Science Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 57–66 
- Nobuyuki Tanaka (2004): The utilization of edible Canna plants in southeastern Asia and southern China in Economic Botany 52 (1) pp 112–114 The New York Botanical Garden.
- Naoko Yamashita, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Yoshio Hoshi, Hiromichi Kushima, Koichi Kamo (2003): Seed and seedling demography of invasive and native trees of subtropical Pacific islands. in Journal of Vegetation Science Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 15–24 
- Ito, Y., T. Ohi-Toma, Nb. Tanaka, and J. Murata (2009) New or noteworthy plant collections from Myanmar (3) Caldesia parnassifolia, Nechamandra alternifolia, Potamogeton maackianus and P. octandrus. Journal of Japanese Botany 84: 321-329.
- Ito, Y., T. Ohi-Toma, Nb. Tanaka, Nr. Tanaka & J. Murata (2014) New or noteworthy plant collections from Myanmar (8) Blyxa aubertii var. echinosperma, Lemna trisulca, and Najas tenuis. APG: Acta Phytotaxonomica et Geobotanica 65: xxx-xxx.
- Ito, Y., Nr. Tanaka, R. Pooma, and Nb. Tanaka (2014) DNA barcoding reveals a new record of Potamogeton distinctus (Potamogetonaceae) and its natural hybrids, P. distinctus × P. nodosus and P. distinctus × P. wrightii (P. ×malainoides) from Myanmar. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1073.
- Tanaka, N. 2001. Taxonomic revision of the family Cannaceae in the New World and Asia. Makinoa New Ser. 1: 1–75
- Tanaka Nb. 2005. Plant inventory research: contributions to the flora of Myanmar. Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 56: 1–26.
- "Author Query for 'Nob.Tanaka'". International Plant Names Index.
- The utilization of edible Canna plants in southeastern Asia and southern China
- On the Genus Canna in Yaeyama Islands, the Ryukyus, Japan
- Edible Canna and its Starch: An Under-Exploited Starch-Producing Plant Resource
- Progress in the Development of Economic Botany and Knowledge of Food Plants.
- The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) Newsletter Jan 2008