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Kollagenhüllen für Wurst könnten mittels Enzymen dünner und günstiger hergestellt werden.
Enzymes could be used to produce thinner and cheaper collagen casings for sausages.

Better sausage skins with enzymes

Enzymes are designed to modernize processes. A German team of researchers has now succeeded in doing the same in the production of sausage skins.

The genome of the thale cress is also found in the Jülich primary database.

Plant genomes at a glance

A database of the RWTH Aachen simplifies the analysis of new molecular genetic information from plant research.

ct-energiepark: In dieser Elektrolyseanlage wird Wasserstoff erzeugt, damit dieser mit Kohlendioxid als Substrat für die Mikroorganismen genutzt werden kann.
ct-energiepark: Hydrogen is produced in this electrolysis plant so that it can be used with carbon dioxide as a substrate for the microorganisms.

Chemical feedstock from exhaust gases

Partners from research and industry are in the process of biotechnologically producing the basic chemical 3-hydroxypropanoic acid from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Conventional carbon sources, however, still appear to be more economical.

Under what circumstances are customers willing to invest in dairy products? These and other questions were examined by the competence network "FoCus - Food Chain Plus" led by Kiel University.

Milk money - what is it worth?

Researchers from Kiel have put the product milk under the proverbial microscope and examined the entire value chain from the producer to the consumer.

Fraktionierung von Spinat und Paprikaextrakten
Fractionation of spinach and paprika extracts

In pursuit of naturally healthy flavour

The strategic alliance "NatLifE 2020" investigates the natural world for plant extracts that enhance the flavour of sugar and salt in food - in order to be able to reduce these components in food without affecting the taste.

Project partners from all over Germany have developed new, more efficient rapeseed lines.

More variety for rapeseed fields

Rapeseed is an important oilseed, however, it is genetically impoverished. Thus, 14 project partners from industry and science have developed rapeseed lines with additional features.

In order to efficiently cultivate microorganisms in bioreactors, optimal cultivating conditions are required. Ralf Pörtner and his team of bioprocess engineers calculate the best conditions in complex computer models.

Calculating the best conditions for cell factories

Microbes require optimised conditions in order to grow efficiently. To this end, Hamburg-based bioprocess engineers are developing smart computer models.

Membranadsorber von Sartorius
Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH is specialised in the production of membrane adsorbers.

The gentle purification of valuable proteins

Membrane adsorbers can assist in the gentle and loss-free purification of proteins. Now, biotechnologists have optimised the technology in order to obtain cytokines for use in biomedicine.

Patrick Hirsch and his colleagues are creating new composite materials made of wood and plastics. The researchers use beech wood as a raw material for their product, which can be used for car interiors or children’s toys, among others.

Bioplastics made with wood fibres

Researchers in Halle and Potsdam are experimenting with compsite-materials made of beech fibres and bioplastics.

Wasserassel ist unliebsamer Bewohner des Trinkwassers

Tracking water lice with a DNA check

In your drinking water, water lice are likely to count as unwanted guests. Ecologists in Landau, Germany, are using a rapid DNA test to find out more about the origins and distribution of crustaceans in wells, waterworks and pipelines.

 Fluoreszenzbild von PLGA Nanopartikel Ansammlungen in Einzelzellschicht a: Aufsicht; b: Querschnitt; rot: Nanopartikel; blau: Zellkerne; grün Zellmembran
Fluorescence image of PLGA nanoparticles. Red: nanoparticles; blue: cell nuclei; green: cell membrane.

Observing the cell-biological effects of nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are playing an increasingly important role in medicine. In order to more quickly assess the possible health risks of these nanoparticles, researchers are carrying out in-depth investigations of the interactions of the tiny molecules within the cells of the body. 

Dunkle Wolken überm Weizenfeld
Researchers have been simulating the effects of climate change on agriculture.

The Future of European agriculture

What will be the consequences of climate change on agriculture and nutrition in Europe? Simulation models created by climate researchers in Potsdam are looking to the future.

Tomaten gibt es in beeindruckender Vielfalt. Viele der erhältlichen Sorten entstanden durch Smart Breeding.
Tomatoes come in an impressive variety of forms and flavours. Many of today’s varieties are the result of ‘smart’ breeding.

Genetic markers for new tomato strain

Different shapes, colours, and aromas - the tomato is a truly diverse plant. The Gatersleben-based company TraitGenetics deciphers new molecular markers within the genetic material of plants – including tomatoes – with the aim of speeding up the breeding of new varieties.


In Bioreaktoren schwimmen lebende Zellen in Nährmedien, die chemisch genau definiert sein müssen.
In a bioreactor, a sea of living cells floats in a culture media that must be precisely chemically defined in order for the cells to function as required.

Innovative culture media for cell factories

Xell AG in Bielefeld develops specific culture media for use in cell cultures. Because inside a bioreactor, each cell type requires a distinct working environment, necessitating the use of carefully designed media.

Gerste, Genomsequenzierung
Malting barley at the time of grain filling

The barley genome in HD quality

Aided by new sequencing technologies, Nils Stein and his team of plant geneticists have succeeded in decoding all seven chromosomes of the barley genome far quicker than was originally planned. In the process, they have greatly added to the genome map of this important agricultural crop.

Sugar beets on a field, ready for harvest. The large, sugar-storing beets are clearly visible.

More sugar in the beet

Where does the sugar in the sugar beet actually come from? Scientists from research and industry looked into this question in order to increase yields from sugar beet.

3D-Drucker für Bioplastik
More and more biobased materials have become available for 3D printing over the last few years.

Testing bioplastics for 3D printing

The BioFabNet focussed on developing communication strategies for 3D printing in order to generate public awareness for biobased materials and the possibilities of bioeconomy.

Schwarze Soldatenfliege als Chitinquelle
Researcher use the black soldier fly as a sustainable source for chitin.

Using chitin to strengthen textiles

The research cooperation “ChitoTex” is developing a procedure to utilize the black soldier fly Hermetia illucens as a sustainable source for chitin, which can be used to coat textile fibers.

Organobalance Mikroorganismen-Stammbank
A secret treasure trove of different bacterial strains and yeasts: the master-strain-collection of Organobalance

Gentle germ removal

The biotech company Organobalance found lactic acid bacteria in its archive that are able to gently disinfect hands and other surfaces. The microbes are now being refined for use in cleaning and care cosmetics.

Bio-Schmieröl aus Frittenfett
The lubricant made of old frying oil is kind to the skin and biodegradable.

Bio-lubricants from chip frying oil

Material researchers in Berlin have developed an enzymatic process for making lubricants out of used oil. The new bio-lubricant is based on oil that has been used for deep frying and it is biodegradable.