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Bioeconomy Exhibition

The bioeconomy has rapidly developed in recent years. What has been accomplished in the last five years alone is truly impressive: Many bioeconomy products have become bestsellers. Bio-based start-ups have grown into medium-sized companies. And established, traditional industrial companies are integrating bio-based production steps into their existing structures.

Mischanbau mit Klee und Gräsern auf Grünland

Success story

In duet with legumes

In the joint project IMPAC3, partners from research and industry have explored which genotypes are suitable for mixed cultivation in fields, grassland and forests.

Dirk Messner


"Bioeconomy is the core of sustainability policy"

Sustainability researcher Dirk Messner has been President of the Federal Environment Agency since January of this year. In an interview he talks about the opportunities and challenges on the way to a bio-based economy, the corona pandemic and the value of global networking.

Faultier im Regenwald

Studies and statistics

Leibniz-IZW (2021): How the loss of forest fauna undermines the achievement of the SDGs

A study by scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) looks at the link between increasingly animal-less tropical forests and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

zwei Bierflaschen, mit denen angestoßen wird



Beer - a traditional German drink. Although beer consumption is declining, hardly any other country in the world records such high beer consumption as Germany.

The latest from the bioeconomy

Chemresilienz Teamleitung Prof. Peter H. Seeberger und Dr. Matthew Plutschack (v.l.n.r.)

Research factories for sustainable chemistry

A team led by Potsdam biochemist Peter Seeberger has succeeded in obtaining BMBF funding for the establishment of two large-scale research centers for the reorientation of chemical production in central Germany.

Blick von oben auf das neue Phytotechnikum auf dem campus der Uni Hohenheim

Phytotechnikum: High-tech research in a glass greenhouse

The first high-tech greenhouse of the new Phytotechnikum was officially opened on the campus of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart.

Teilweise abgebaute Folie im Ackerboden

Bioplastic remains readily degradable despite climate change

Microbial decomposition of biodegradable PBSA films works well under climate change conditions. However, the plastic can endanger field yields.

v.l.n.r.: Richard Hurding (CEO, Zelfo Technology GmbH) und Eduardo Gordillo (Founder & CEO, BIO-LUTIONS Int. AG)

Innovation award for fibers from agricultural residues

CleanTech start-up BIO-LUTIONS and Zelfo Technology have been awarded the Brandenburg Innovation Prize for developing a process for producing natural fibers.


Worldwide strategies

The bioeconomy is gaining ground all over the world. A large number of countries have now adopted bioeconomy strategies - with various focus areas. You can find them in the following overview.

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In the spotlight

Bioeconomy inside

Behälter mit Reinigungsmittel aus Roter Bete


Sounds paradoxical, but works brilliantly: Beetroot, often known as the cause of stubborn stains, qualifies as an ecological cleaning agent.

1.5 million tons of laundry detergents and household cleaners are sold to the end consumer each year.

How high is the resulting chemical discharge into the wastewater?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's right!

Waschbare Abschminktücher

Makeup removal wipes

Instead of cotton pads and the like, sustainable makeup removal wipes are equally good for the skin and the environment.

Cosmetics with ingredients of natural origin are gaining in importance.

What is the market share of natural cosmetics in Germany?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's right!

3 Bierflaschen


Beer - a traditional German drink. Although beer consumption is declining, hardly any other country in the world records such high beer consumption as Germany.

How many beer brands are there in Germany according to the German Brewers Association?

That's wrong.

That's right

Wurstscheiben mit Tomaten garniert

Meat substitute

When it comes to producing healthy and sustainable meat substitutes, there are no limits to creativity: Research is currently being conducted to develop an alternative made from apple residues.

In Germany, people like to eat sausage.

How many kilograms of sausage does every German eat on average per year?

It is a lot more.

That's right!


Insulated packaging

As a sustainable alternative to the conventional insulation packaging made of polystyrene, straw enables to put an end to packaging waste in the parcel industry.

Food delivery is rising in popularity, especially since the Corona crisis, making sustainable packaging more important than ever.

Since when do delivery services bring groceries to the doorstep?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's right!