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Aaronn Avit Ajeng, PhD

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BacChar™ Shines Bright with First Gold Award at ITEX Malaysia 2024

Assoc. Professor Dr. Rosazlin Abdullah, BacChar™ project leader during ITEX 2024

BacChar, an innovative breakthrough in the biotechnology sector, has earned its first Gold Award at the prestigious ITEX Malaysia 2024, held on 16-17 May 2024 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. This accolade highlights BacChar’s remarkable potential and the strides it is making in the world of invention, innovation, and technology.

What is BacChar?

BacChar, short for "Bacteria and Biochar" is an innovative biotechnological solution designed by Dr. Aaronn Avit Ajeng from Universiti Malaya for his doctoral thesis which aimed at addressing environmental and agricultural challenges. BacChar leverages the power of effective Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and utilizes palm kernel shell biochar, a form of charcoal that can enhance soil fertility, sequester carbon, and mitigate climate change produced via pyrolysis of biomasses as the bacteria carrier. This cutting-edge technology not only improves crop yields but also promotes sustainable farming practices, making it a game-changer for the agricultural industry. The invention has been trademarked and filed for patent in 2023 and 2024.

Commercialized BacChar
™ packaging

The Journey to Gold

Receiving the Gold Award at ITEX Malaysia is a testament to BacChar ingenuity and the hard work of its creators. ITEX, known as Asia's Leading Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition, is a prestigious platform that showcases the latest advancements from around the world. Winning a Gold Award here is no small feat, as it signifies recognition from some of the most esteemed experts and industry leaders in the field.

Highlights of ITEX Malaysia 2024

This year’s ITEX Malaysia brought together inventors, innovators, and tech enthusiasts from across the globe. The event featured an array of exhibitions, live demonstrations, and insightful talks, all centered around the theme of sustainable innovation. BacChar stood out among numerous cutting-edge projects, impressing judges and attendees with its potential to revolutionize both environmental management and agricultural productivity.

BacChar™ Research Team was represented by Dr Rosazlin, Noor Sharina Rosli and Dr. Saadah Halim during ITEX 2024.

The Impact of BacChar

The Gold Award is more than just a trophy; it is a beacon of BacChar potential to make a real-world impact. Here’s how BacChar is set to transform various sectors:

Agriculture: By enriching soil with biochar, BacChar can significantly improve soil health and crop yields, supporting food security and sustainable farming practices.

Climate Change Mitigation: BacChar’s ability to sequester carbon helps reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, contributing to global efforts against climate change.

Waste Management: Utilizing organic waste to produce biochar not only reduces waste but also converts it into a valuable resource, promoting a circular economy.

Future Prospects

With this Gold Award, BacChar is poised to attract further investment, collaboration, and research opportunities. The recognition at ITEX Malaysia 2024 serves as a springboard for the team to scale their innovation and explore new applications and markets. 

The triumph of BacChar at ITEX Malaysia 2024 is a shining example of how innovative thinking and dedication can lead to groundbreaking solutions with far-reaching benefits. As BacChar continues its journey, it holds the promise of fostering sustainable development and making a lasting impact on the world. 

Dr. Rosazlin together with other award recipients during the Malam Budaya Cipta ITEX 2024. 

For those who missed the event, keep an eye on BacChar’s progress and future developments. This is just the beginning for a technology that promises to change the way we think about agriculture, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Congratulations to the BacChar team for their well-deserved Gold Award at ITEX Malaysia 2024!

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For inquiries on BacChar™ or general work/sponsorship, email aaronnavit@um.edu.my