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Beyond Optimum

Beyond Optimum

Beyond Optimum was Founded by ChunYean Chong, a microbiologist with deep AgTech experience working with farmers in the USA with resilient plant pathogens in soil. Beyond Optimum operates in two sectors:

The worldwide agricultural sector is without an effective solution for a few soil-borne diseases where the multi-billion-dollar agrochemical companies fail. The lack of an economical/potent fungicide for plant diseases makes agriculture unsustainable to the point where the United Nations is warning of worldwide famine and the need to ensure worldwide food security.

Antibiotic resistance in poultry operation - In addition to a potential famine, the United Nations has also issued a warning about a potential bacterial pandemic due to the misuse of antibiotics in farming, with over 70% of antibiotics produced going to our farms. Historically in the pre-antibiotic eras, bacterial pandemics had always dwarfed viral pandemic. The rise of antibiotic-resistant microbes can throw the world back to the pre-antibiotic eras.

Understanding why many effective in vitro studies fail in the field, Beyond Optimum is set to produce solutions for farmers, first in Australia and later globally. The key lies in the use of seafood industry waste that were previously an environmental biohazard and potentially damaging to our waterways, specifically the waste from the oyster industry. The waste allows the company to create two products suitable for agriculture and livestock operation.

  • Suppresses phytopathogens in agriculture applications
  • Replaces the need for antibiotics in the livestock industry
  • Able to treat antibiotic-resistant strains
  • Improved nutritional profile in agricultural products
  • A solution to various industrial and municipal waste.

Beyond Optimum employs a three-step process to turn seafood waste into an agro-product.

  1. Preparation of the raw material (oyster and mussel waste)
  2. Inoculation and cultivation of beneficial microbes with the waste
  3. Induce dormancy and stabilisation of the microbial products for storage.

Beyond Optimum are currently working with farmers from South Australia and Queensland who are facing various plant diseases (including fungal diseases) affecting high-value crops to pathogenic nematodes plaguing grain crops. In
Queensland, many ginger farmers have lost their entire ginger crop to parasitic oomycetes and the soil remains contaminated for years.

Chun Yean Chong

Chun Yean Chong

(08) 8302 7368

South Australian Government

University of South Australia