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Polyurethane kommen in vielen alltäglichen Anwendungen aufgrund ihrer hervorragenden Materialeigenschaften vor, BIOMAT hat als Ziel diese nachhaltig herzustellen.
Polyurethanes are found in many everyday applications due to their excellent material properties - BIOMAT aims to produce them sustainably.

Biobased foams from agricultural residues

In the EU project BIOMAT, researchers from eight EU countries, including Germany, are working on sustainable foam and composite materials, more than half of which are made from renewable raw materials.

livMats Pavillon: Außenansicht
The pavilion in Freiburg is the first structure made entirely of flax fiber.

Premiere for pavilion made of flax fibers

Inspired by nature and built with natural fibers: the pavilion in the Botanical Garden of the University of Freiburg shows what sustainable building can look like.

Smart-Spraying-Maschine im Einsatz auf einem Acker.
The Smart Spraying solution enables automated detection of weeds after seed emergence.

Smart farming cooperation clears antitrust hurdles

Bosch and BASF develop Smart Spraying solution to automatically detect and control weeds.

Cremedose mit Blume
With the biopolymer Hydagen Clean, BASF is expanding its portfolio of natural ingredients for cosmetics.

BASF: New biopolymers for skin care products

BASF has developed a new biopolymer from the konjac plant tuber to replace synthetic ingredients in cosmetic products.

Elastinbasierte Proteinschwämme imitieren die Eigenschaften der Haut und sind durch ihr hohes Quellvermögen sehr gut für die Behandlung tiefer Wunden geeignet.
Elastin-based protein sponges mimic the properties of skin and are very well suited for the treatment of deep wounds due to their high swelling capacity.

Biobased wound dressing awarded a prize

A Fraunhofer IMWS research team has been awarded the Halle IQ Innovation Prize for the development of a wound dressing made of natural elastin.

Zerkleinerte Teppichabfälle, die anschließend gereinigt und mit ionischem Liquid versetzt werden.
Shredded carpet waste, which is then cleaned and mixed with ionic liquid.

Recycling raw materials from carpet waste

By using a novel solvent, the petroleum-based raw material polypropylene could be recovered from carpet waste for the first time - and in the highest quality.

Gewinner und Sponsoren der vierten Auflage von PlanB
This year's PlanB award winners celebrated with their respective award sponsors.

Darmstadt-based textile start-up scores in PlanB start-up competition

With a functional fiber made from green waste, the young company nakt convinced the jury at the Bavarian PlanB competition for bio-based business ideas.

Dritte Ausgabe des Online-Talk Karliczek.Impulse
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek discussed with Jürgen Eck (Bioeconomy Council), Bettina Siebers (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Karl-Erich Jaeger (Forschungszentrum Jülich). The moderator was Andrea Thilo (right).

With biotechnology to sustainable innovations

In its latest edition, the talk format "Karliczek.Impulse" devoted its latest edition to the smallest players in biotechnology - microorganisms and enzymes - and their important role for a sustainable circular economy.

digitale Vermessung eines Experimentierfeldes, 2D-Ableitung der Laserscanner-Punktewolke des Felds.
The digitization of the experimental field includes different measurement equipment. Here the 2D derivation of the laser scanner point cloud of the field.

With digital sensors to healthier plants

The "FarmerSpace" project tests and compares new agricultural technologies to combat weeds and plant diseases.

Full speed ahead for the bioeconomy - that's the motto again this year for the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft.

Bioeconomy ship on tour again

The ‘MS Wissenschaft’ with the bioeconomy exhibition is on the road again. This year, the tour takes in 30 cities in Germany's north and west and also makes a stop in Austria.

Schloss Bellevue
For the sixth time, the Week of the Environment takes place in the park of Bellevue Palace in Berlin.

Much bioeconomy at the Week of the Environment

On June 10 and 11, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) will be inviting visitors to the Week of the Environment. The motto of the digital event is "This is how the future works!" and the bioeconomy is therefore represented several times.

Grass is one of the possible raw materials of biorefineries.

How bio-based products are transforming the economy

The "Biofabrik" conference presented biobased products and bioeconomic production processes from biotechnology to biorefinery.

Illustration von Zellfleisch
The illustration shows what cell-based meat could look like in the future.

Research alliance for cell-based meat

The chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck wants to develop industrial-grade bioreactors with the TU Darmstadt and Tufts University.

Sie sind hauchdünn aber ultrastark: die Biostell-Fasern von AMSilk aus biotechnologisch hergestellten Spinnenseiden-Proteinen.
They are wafer-thin but ultra-strong: AMSilk's Biosteel fibers made from biotechnologically produced spider silk proteins.

Biotech silk pioneer AMSilk expands market presence

In a financing round, the Bavarian biotech company AMSilk has raised new capital and is now looking to penetrate new lines of business worldwide.

Gewürzdosen aus Popcorngranulat
Spice jars, bottle boxes or furniture: popcorn is suitable as a material for diverse applications.

Biodegradable packaging made from popcorn

A process has been developed in Göttingen that can be used to produce sustainable packaging from popcorn granules using 3D printing.

Grafik einer Fabrikszene der Zellfleischproduktion
Cell culture-based meat as a service - that is the vision of the start-up Innocent Meat.

Accelerator promotes Innocent Meat

The start-up for cell culture-based meat is making great progress and relocates to the campus of the University of Rostock.

Frau mit Outdoor-Kleidung und Rucksack beim Wandern in den Bergen
Outdoor textiles are usually impregnated with chemicals containing fluorine to be water and dirt repellent.

Impregnating outdoor textiles sustainably

The textile chemicals company Rudolf GmbH receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment for the construction of a manufacturing plant for an impregnating agent based on renewable raw materials.

Hanfpflanze für die industrielle Nutzung
Industrial hemp is cultivated specifically for the production of hemp fiber.

Creating new food additives from hemp

The start-up Becanex wants to extract cannabidiol from industrial hemp. The Berlin-based company has now successfully acquired funding from the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand, ZIM).

Salat mit Quinoa (Halopyhte) und Ulva (Meersalat, Makroalge)
Alternative food: Salad with quinoa (halopyhte) and Ulva (sea lettuce, macroalgae).

Literature as inspiration for nutrition concepts

In search of new concepts for tomorrow's nutrition, the joint project Food4Future wants to analyze science fiction novels together with students from the University of Potsdam.

ERC-Preisträger: Philip Wigge/Gert Bange
ERC Awardees: Philip Wigge / Gert Bange

ERC funding for pioneering plant research

Molecular biologist Philip Wigge and biochemist Gert Bange have been awarded the highly endowed ERC Advanced Grants by the European Research Council for their innovative projects in plant research.