"From Short Chain Fatty Acid (SCFA) to valuable material Innovation can be happen."
First announced the concept of Cross Microbiome Economy coined by Prof Nam Joon Cho. From Short Chain Fatty Acid (SCFA) to valuable material Innovation can be happen.
In May, I had the opportunity to participate as a presenter at the 21st Microbiome Korean Congressional Research Group forum, where I emphasized the need for proactive investment in research and development for microbiomes. Microbiomes have the potential to go beyond applications in life sciences and extend into various fields, including environmentally friendly materials like paper, sponges, and plastics.
Drawing a parallel with technological advancements that transformed natural materials like sand (quartz) into high-value semiconductor wafers, I underscored the concept of the 'Cross-Economy,' where technologies from different domains converge. This concept highlights the potential to harness microbiomes found in nature as high-value materials (Cho, N. J. (2022). Preparing for tomorrow with materials today. Materials Today, 61, 1-3., https://lnkd.in/gRHT7Wzr).
As an example, I introduced innovative technologies that can utilize abundant pollen produced in forests and cornfields, typically discarded, to create eco-friendly materials such as paper, sponges, and plastics.
Microbiome research is not a new concept in South Korea, especially in the context of traditional fermented foods like kimchi. We have accumulated expertise in this field, and microbiomes are poised to become a crucial element in South Korea's competitiveness in future industries.
Recognizing the boundless potential of microbiomes, I believe it's imperative that we commit to research and development, fostering sustainability and innovation for the future.