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Eine neuartige Prozesskette soll die Synthese der Basis-Chemikalie Methanol aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen oder Nebenproduktströmen ermöglichen.
A new type of process chain is to allow the synthesis of the base chemical methanol from renewable raw materials or by-products.

Making methanol from biomass

Researchers from Karlsruhe are fermenting biomass under high pressure to produce the base chemical methanol. The OptiMeOH project is being funded by the German Research Ministry with 1.4 million euros.

Flachs bei der Röste auf dem Feld
The retting process on the field has a decisive effect on the quality of flax fibres.

Optimizing flax for biomaterials

How can flax be used for composite materials? Researchers from Bremen have developed a toolbox for plant breeders.

Biogasanlage im Rapsfeld
Rapeseed for food or for biodiesel? The dispute continues.

Bioenergy: Looking at the downsides

The bioeconomy has a few drawbacks, too. Sociologists from Jena are investigating the bioenergy sector with regard to social inequality.

Die Mizellenproteine der blauen Süßlupine sind gesund und haben eine hohe Klebrigkeit.,
The proteins of the sweet blue lupin are also candidates for a new, natural packaging adhesive.

Film for foodstuffs made of plant residues

Most adhesives for films and packaging are based on mineral oil. Fraunhofer researchers are testing a plant-based alternative.

To render the photo data comparable, the rating takes place in the dark using artificial light.

A robot-assistant for vine-growers

With the “Phenobot” researchers have developed a measuring robot that can help vine-growers with their work.

 

Alginate isolated from soil bacteria and subsequently freeze-dried.

Tiny alginate "factories" create new wound dressing

Researchers at the joint AlBioTex project have found a way of using Azotobacter vinelandii bacteria to produce tailor-made alginates for use in wound dressings.

The biochar-inoculum - a special substrate from biochar with microscopic fungi - skewers into young plant roots.

Fungus biochar - nature's fertilizer

German fungus researchers from Tübingen have developed a special substrate of biochar that will help young plants to take root and to sustainably protect against diseases.

The GOBI partners will pool their knowledge and expertise in their search for good bacteria.

On the trail of good bacteria

As part of the GOBI strategic alliance, three companies are actively looking for new, beneficial bacteria for the manufacture of bioactive products in the animal feed, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. The main objective: to find a bio-based alternative to conventional antibiotics.

Breeding ground for yeast strains: this fermenter is yeasts always under the same temperature and pressure conditions.

Storing and protecting active compounds with yeasts

The Berlin-based company Organobalance has developed a process that protects compounds such as vitamins, trace elements and fatty acids with a natural casing.

Mikrosprosse der Indianerbanane: Vom Sämling bis zur Jungpflanze ist es ein langer Weg.
Microshoots of the pawpaw tree: from seedlings to young plants is a long process.

Helping the pawpaw breakthrough

The fruit tree Asimina triloba has been known for its nutritious fruit for a long time. German plant researchers are now working on propagating the pawpaw in the laboratory to make them fit for the fruit farm.

Dieses Schoko-Eiskugel besteht nicht aus Milcheiweiß, sondern wurde aus Proteinen der Blauen Süßlupine hergestellt.
This chocolate ice cream is not made from cow's milk but produced using protein from the blue sweet lupin.

Lupin ice cream: a sustainable dessert

The answer for all vegan and lactose-intolerant ice cream fans: a special treat is now available in the freezer section in many supermarkets – lupin ice cream. The vegetable protein that the ice cream is based on is produced using a sophisticated technology, which recently won the German Future Prize.

Mainzer Forscher haben in Marinen Schwämme (im Bild: Baikalschwamm) ein Biosilikat gefunden, das sich zur Beschichtung von Zähnen und Knochenimplantaten eignet.
Researchers in Mainz have identified a bio-silicate in marine sponges that is suitable as a coating for dental and bone implants.

Biological protective sheathing for teeth

A team of researchers headed by Werner E.G. Müller at the University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, have made an interesting discovery in their search for biocompatible materials for use in medicine. The source: marine sponges.

abwasser, kläranlage, abwässer

Precious single cell oils born of waste water

Residential areas and industry produce significant quantities of sewage sludge, wastewater and waste materials – otherwise known as ‘waste streams’. Hidden inside these streams are substantial quantities of carbon that remain essentially unexploited. For the chemicals industry, this carbon could serve as a fundamental building block for other useful substances.

Wolfsmilchgewächses, Euphorbia lathyris, biosprit, bioenergie
The sap of the caper spurge plant (Euphorbia lathyris) could be an ingredient in future biofuels.

Biofuels: it’s all in the milk

Components from the sap of the caper spurge plant could be an ingredient in future biofuels. And because the plant grows well in poor soils, there would be no competition with food crops.

enzyme, waschmittel, microorganismus, textilwirtschaft
In future enzymes will also help to remove the knots that can build up on synthetic fibres.

Polishing up synthetic fibres with enzymes

In many industries, enzymes are the secret star of the show. For example, the tiny biocatalysts are a key component of modern detergents. Now, the Monheim-based biotech company Evocatal is coordinating the ‘Functionalisation of Polymers (FuPol)’ strategic alliance to further unlock the potential of enzymes.

natlife-cells
Cells with built-in bitter receptors as taste testers: within the strategic alliance NatLifE 2020, biotechnologists are searching.

Natural substances to mask bitter tastes

Cough mixtures that taste sweet, but are still healthy - natural sweeteners suche as these are in the focus of the strategic alliance NatLifE 2020.The consortium of 22 partners from industry and academia have received millions of euros from the BMBF.