Dr. Taiyo Yoshioka, Researcher, Division of Biotechnology, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO has received Special Recognition from the World Cultural Council.
Dr. Yoshioka found high-performance silk "Bagworm silk" that can be an alternative to petroleum-derived resources and showed that the excellent mechanical properties are derived from its unique amino acid sequence and paved the way for possible industrial use.
The World Cultural Council selects people with outstanding achievements in science, education, and art since 1984, and has presented the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, José Vasconcelos World Award of Education and Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts. The recipient of the science and arts awards are elected alternately every year. Also, a special recognition will be given for researchers who have made remarkable achievements in the host country, up to a maximum of 10 people.
The awarding ceremony was held on October 4, 2019 at a special session at the Tsukuba Conference 2019 followed by the lectures by the winners of the science and art awards.