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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.

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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.

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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.

Plant varieties were selected in the LfL's moving fields facility.

Making the rhizosphere fit for the future

Modern agricultural systems must be able to meet the challenges of climate change. In the rhizosphere properties of older crops, researchers are looking for solutions for coping with environmental stress and increasing yield security.

Der Champagne-Pool auf Neuseeland gehört zu den natürlichen Lebensräumen des Archaeons Sulfolobus acidocaldarius.
Der ChamThe Champagne pool on New Zealand belongs to the natural habitats of the archaeon Sulfolobus acidocalpagne-Pool auf Neuseeland gehört zu den natürlichen Lebensräumen des Archaeons Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, das hier ins Foto hineinmontiert wurde.

Cell factory for hot and acidic

The archaeon is to become a platform organism for biotechnology. The research project "HotAcidFACTORY" wants to create the basis for this.

Researchers want to combat citrus cancer in Brazil's orange plantations with novel active ingredient containers.

Plant protection with microgels

Fewer pesticides for more plant protection - this is the goal of a German-Brazilian team researching antimicrobial peptides to protect citrus fruits from bacterial "cancer infestation".

Das „Respiration Activity Monitoring System“ (RAMOS) dient der Untersuchung des Wachstums von anaeroben Bakterien.
The "Respiration Activity Monitoring System" (RAMOS) is used to study the growth of anaerobic bacteria.

Creating new microbial bio-factories

A new research project aims to examine bacteria that have so far been biotechnologically largely unnoted for their suitability for the bioindustry.

Computer mouse made of coffee grounds

Versatile composite materials from coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are more than just waste - they are a valuable resource that can be processed into new bio-based composites. A suitable method was developed as part of the idea competition project BioKaVe.

On the trail of the wheat of the future

Feeding the growing world population is one of the greatest tasks of our time. To meet this challenge, the crop yields of wheat must be increased and the most suitable varieties for changing environmental conditions must be found. This is the goal of the BRIWECS project.

Fishermen in the North Sea

How climate change impacts fish species

Partners from research and industry are working together to develop a warning system to prepare European fisheries and aquaculture for the consequences of climate change. It is intended to identify changes in endangered species at an early stage.