Amorepacific R&D Center started its research of green tea in the 1980s and expanded the research scope to include a new variety of green tea with skin benefits in the 2000s. It has also continued to research the characteristics of skin, scalp and hair including microorganisms. In 2010, Amorepacific discovered a green tea probiotic strain (Lactobacillus plantarum (APsulloc)), which facilitates green tea fermentation, from richly flavored, fermented green tea leaves from green tea grown organically in Jeju Island.
Of particular note, Amorepacific says this newly discovered probiotic strain survives and persists better in the intestinal tract than conventional strains and has excellent antibacterial, antibiotic resistant property according to genome analysis.
Amorepacific's R&D collaborated with Professor Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Holzapfel, a well-known scholar in the field of gut microbiota and published the findings in the SCI-grade journal ‘Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins’ last November (Safety Evaluation and Whole-Genome Annotation of Lactobacillus Plantarum Strains from Different Sources with Special Focus on Isolates from Green Tea). This joint research also confirmed that the probiotic strain from green tea leaves originally discovered by Amorepacific Group decreases the level of inflammation factors in the stomach.
Amorepacific R&D Center will continue to demonstrate the effects of this probiotic strain and develop innovative products using it in health food, cosmetics and other fields through the new Green Tea Probiotics Research Center. Furthermore, it will expand the area of research, specifically into microbiomes, which refer to microorganisms living in the human body and their genetic information.
The company reports that it is cultivating one million pyeong (about 3.3 million square meters) of organic green tea in Jeju.