Plant researcher Tonni Andersen is the 2019 Kovalevskaja Award winner. He seeks to understand how roots exchange information with soil microbes and is setting up a new research group at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne.
Michael Quintern breeds earthworms to transform biowaste into precious humus.
Friederike Kögler has developed a method with which plants learn to survive with less water.
The Berlin biologist Michael Ohl wants to record the diversity of animal species on earth with the help of innovative technologies - at the new Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery.
Thomas Helle, Managing Director of Tübingen-based Novis GmbH, is developing a biogas plant using mushroom compost as part of the EU project "Smartmushroom".
Scientific assistant at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, and coordinator of the EU project "GoJelly".
Sonja Berensmeier uses computer models to design complex peptides for technical applications.
At TU Braunschweig, chemist Uwe Schröder is investigating how bacteria can generate electricity from waste water.
Water researcher Christian Schaum is looking for solutions to reduce the microplastics pollution of inland waters.
Making insects popular as a new source for protein - that is the goal of "snack insects" founder Folke Dammann. Since 2013, the company based near Hamburg is focused on snacks and cooking ingredients based on insects.
Heidi Schiller and her KAITO Projekt GmbH already introduced electricity from renewable resources to the Senegal. Now they are working to establish local reed as renewable building material.
Sabine Schmidt, CEO of Xaxiraxi, offers sustainable and fashionable clothes for people with skin problems.
With soon to be 9 billion people on the planet, we need to establish a more sustainable economy, urges Kamila Markram. Scientists are working hard on these issues, but progress is delayed by paywalls in front of new publications.
As part of the project ‘DropIn Biofuels’, Johannes Kabisch and his team of researchers are synthesising microbial hydrocarbons for use in the production of biofuels. The end product is hoped to serve as a potential future replacement for kerosene and diesel, and could thus also contribute to making air traffic more environmentally friendly.
SWARM founder Christopher Zeppenfeld and his team are hoping to popularise insect-based snacks with a first fitness bar made from crickets. Their new product is set to open the market to innovative protein alternatives.
The jars of dumplings made by start-up ‘Knödelkult’ in Constance are manufactured using old and unsold bread. Managing director Janine Trappe and her team have already rescued more than 1,700 loaves of bread that were destined for the rubbish bins.
‘Plantix’ developed by Simone Strey is an award-winning app that uses images to identify plant diseases and to provide tips on countermeasures.
Peptides are multi talents but expensive to produce. The CEO of the Düsseldorf start up Numaferm aims to use a novel biotechnological method in order to provide the protein building blocks in a more cost-efficient way.
With their project “HypoWave” scientists in Frankfurt, headed by the agricultural expert Martina Winker, aim to re-purpose municipal sewage waste water for hydroponic plant breeding programmes by filtering out the nutrients while simultaneously minimising water usage in agriculture.
For better or for worse – humans are a part of planet earth. In her multi-disciplinary research Nicole Boivin traces the consequences of mankind’s evolution from its first settlements to today’s mega-cities.