Success Stories

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Ausschnitt eines Reagenzglases mit klarer Flüssigkeit und dunklen Polymerscheiben
As discs, the polymers with the enzymes should also develop their function in nutrient solutions.

Heading for the new biotechnology?

Researchers want to replace the substrates sugar and alcohol with cheaper and sustainable hydrogen.

Chromatographische Systeme zur Analyse und Aufreinigung  enzymatisch produzierter Präbiotika.
Chromatographic systems for the analysis and purification of enzymatically produced prebiotics

Towards microbial prebiotic production

Researchers have developed a novel microbiological manufacturing process that can produce prebiotics and sweeteners sustainably and efficiently.

Rare earths are found in almost all electronic devices.

Recycling rare earths with peptides

In the PepTight project, researchers want to identify peptides that are able to filter special rare earths, known as lanthanides, from industrial water.

Papierschale gefüllt mit unterschiedlichem Obst
The project participants in the 3D-Thermocell project want to produce a shell like the one in this rendered image from cellulose and polyvinyl alcohol.

Thermoformable paper as a plastic substitute

Paper has a better recycling cycle than plastics. Researchers therefore want to develop a new paper-based packaging material.

Hügellandschaft mit Olivenanbau
Olive cultivation in Spain is one of the case studies in the Flumen research project.

Not everyone wants the bioeconomic transformation

A research project examines mentalities, their backgrounds and consequences regarding the ecological-social transformation.

Plakat mit 11 SDGs

Addressing the global trade-offs of bioenergy

In the BIOSDG joint project, a research team is investigating what contribution the bioeconomic transition can make to achieving the global sustainability goals.

Mehrfarbige Säule einer Affinitätschromatografie
Affinity chromatography is used to purify proteins, but it involves the use of heavy metal ions (here: nickel). The ProMin project has developed an environmentally and health-friendly alternative.

Protein production without heavy metal residues

A new purification process promises environmentally friendly extraction of proteins for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Just one example of what would not be possible without plasticizers.

The search for the perfect plasticizer

Many plastic and rubber products cannot do without plasticizers, but a bio-based alternative is not easy to develop.

Universalstreuer der Firma Bergmann, TSW 5210 W VSpread, im Einsatz bei SteenFOS.
Universal spreader of the company Bergmann in use for the project

Recycled fertilizer from manure and leaves

Researchers want to establish environmentally friendly fertilizer for agriculture from manure and leaves, thus offering farmers and municipalities a new source of income.

Wheat served as a raw material for phytic acid in the NPBioPhos project.

Phytic acid is biobased and surprisingly versatile

Originally, a research team was looking for a bio-based flame retardant - but they found much more.

Im Sinne der verbraucher wird der Selstar in einer umweltfreudlichen Verpackung aus Karton verkauft.
The Selstar is sold in environmentally friendly cardboard packaging.

From Elstar to Selstar

Researchers have developed a selenium-rich apple that can replace dietary supplements.

weiße Frisbee
To test the PHB composites, the ICT team produced frisbee discs from them.

Getting closer to sustainable plastics

Bio-based, biodegradable and with good technical properties: The requirements for new plastics are high - yet new PHB composites come very close.

Mikrotitierplatte mit Fluoreszenzeffekten, darauf grafisch montiert das Prinzip eines Quantum Clusters
DNA quantum clusters, for example, form hairpin structures with silver atoms (left in the image) and can fluoresce with varying intensity (background image of a microtiter plate with fluorescent quantum cluster variants).

A light switch for targeted genome interventions

Fraunhofer researchers are working on an alternative to the CRISPR-Cas gene scissors. Initial successes have already been achieved.

Wheat is mostly grown as a monoculture.

Combining root systems of different wheat varieties

Using shallow- and deep-rooted wheat varieties in one field, researchers aim to improve the plants' nutrient and water availability and make them more resilient.

Vier Probekörper des neuen Bioverbundwerkstoffs
The team produced different test specimens from the new biocomposite material.

Coated flax fibers for new biocomposites

A special process makes natural fibers more heat-resistant, enabling them to be used in engineering thermoplastics.

Mischanbau mit Klee und Gräsern auf Grünland
On grassland, mixed cultivation of clover (left) and grasses was tested.

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.

Die Borke der Kanarische Kiefer (Pinus Canariensis)
The architecture and chemical composition of the bark of the Canary Island pine are the inspiration for the development of a weather-resistant fire protection coating.

A bio-based wood protection against fire

Following the example of the Canary Island pine's bark, which defies forest fires, researchers are developing nanocellulose-based biobased fire-retardant coatings to protect wood indoors and out.

Spargelfeld mit Mulchfolie
Films used in agriculture often lead to microplastics in the soil if they are not readily biodegradable.

Mulching with hybrid paper

The polyethylene films commonly used in agriculture pollute the environment with microplastics. Biodegradable alternatives are therefore being searched for.

So sieht das Rohmaterial des Biopolymers PHB direkt nach der Synthese aus.
The raw material of the biopolymer PHB directly after synthesis.

Using bacteria to produce plastic from waste

Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is the plastic that researchers in the PHABIO APP joint project have produced biotechnologically:  It is produced from animal waste fats with the help of bacteria and is completely degradable in nature.

Kolorierte Darstellung des Bakteriums Shewanella oneidensis
Shewanella oneidensis is a widely distributed soil bacterium that will be used industrially as a microbial biofactory in the future.

High performance without oxygen

Bioelectrochemistry enables economically attractive microbial biofactories. In the future, the proteobacterium Shewanella oneidensis could be used in this way for acetoin production.