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Kimchi Science Research A hub of global Kimchi culture and the science of fermentation. World lnstitute of Kimchi

Kimchi Science Research

The World Institute of Kimchi conducts comprehensive research and development related to kimchi with the goal of elevating the status of the home country of kimchi and promoting its globalization.
We aim to preserve the value of kimchi by securing kimchi resources.
Welcome to Bank of Kimchi Resource and Information.
The Bank of Kimchi Resource and Information (BKRI) is a platform that provides integrated information on 'real resources,' which are discovered through kimchi-related research and development (R&D), and 'information resources,' which can be collected, analyzed, and utilized from real resources. The term 'real resources' refers to unique microorganisms discovered in the kimchi industry and kimchi R&D, and includes kimchi starter cultures, low-temperature viable lactic acid bacteria, functional lactic acid bacteria, and various microorganisms derived from kimchi. ‘Information resources’ are genetic and functional information obtained from real resources, and include raw material information of Kimchi and information on hazardous factors that threaten the hygiene and safety of Kimchi.

The need for national sovereignty over biological resources is growing due to the adoption of the Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (Nagoya Protocol) as part of the 2010 UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Furthermore, the significance of acquiring research resources and information on differentiated kimchi as a material source for the bio industry is increasing. The World Institute of Kimchi aims to enhance the sovereignty of the birthplace of kimchi by collecting, preserving, and distributing 'real resources,' which are microorganisms derived from kimchi, as well as 'information resources' related to kimchi. The Kimchi Resource Bank has an efficient digitalization system for securing, storing, and distributing real resources as well as disclosing information resources. We will take preemptive measures through systematic research to secure native resources related to kimchi and discover useful resources, while also extensively collecting and preserving them. Moreover, we aim to elevate the status of the birthplace of kimchi by preserving the value of kimchi resources, which represent the culmination of excellent fermentation science in terms of history, culture, science, and industry, as well as by securing new resources.

Thank you. Ji-Hyoung Ha, the President of Bank of Kimchi Resource and Information