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Kleidung rot gefärbt mit Pflanzen
The workshop 'Dyeing with Plants' will show how to dye clothes with food scraps.

Hackathon: Bio-based fibers for sustainable fashion

Bio-based materials for sustainable textiles are the focus of the third online hackathon of the Science Year project “Hack Your Fashion”: Free workshops give insights into new developments and invite participants to experiment together.

Deckblatt der Studie: Green Startup Monitor 2021
The Green Startup Monitor has been published for the third time. One of main findings is that the proportion of green startups has risen to almost 30 percent.

Startup scene is becoming greener and greener

The third edition of the Green Startup Monitor shows: The proportion of green startups in Germany continues to increase. 30% of young companies are now attributed to the Green Economy.

gebratene Mehlwürmer und Heuschrecken als Snack
Insects such as mealworms and grasshoppers are rich in protein and could replace other animal sources of protein such as meat.

Discovering new sources of protein

Six Fraunhofer institutes want to use insects, algae, fungi and plants as protein sources for new foods.

Eine Rolle mit durchsichtigen Ob-und Gemüsebeutel aus kompostierbarem Material
The organic bag is made of renewable raw materials and is biodegradable.

Field test for organic bags launched

Compostable fruit and vegetable bags have been tested for customer acceptance since mid-March in some supermarkets in Straubing, Bavaria.

DBFZ Open Data
All research data on the bioeconomy flow together on the DBFZ's Open Data platform.

Research platform on biomass as a raw material

The German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) has expanded its online database on the potentials and benefits of various biogenic raw materials in agriculture, forestry and waste management.

verschiedenfarbige Erdbeeren auf Stroh
This is how diverse it can look: the variety of colors and shapes of ripe strawberries in the genebank collection of the JKI Dresden-Pillnitz.

More robust berries

The EU research project BreedingValue aims to expand the genetic base of cultivars of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry.

Das chinesische Start-up Bota Biosciences hat eine Biotechnologie-Plattform zur  Identifizierung, Optimierung und Produktion geeigneter Mikroorganismen entwickelt.
The Chinese start-up Bota Biosciences uses synthetic biology to develop production organisms and biotechnological processes.

BASF invests in Chinese synbio start-up

BASF Venture Capital GmbH expands its commitment in the field of synthetic biotechnology and invests in the Chinese start-up Bota Biosciences.

Blüte mit Samen vom Afrikanischen Teakbaum Pterocarpus angolensis
Flower with seeds of the African teak tree

Biofertilizer for teak trees

Researchers in Bremen have discovered bacteria that can be used to fertilize teak trees naturally and thus grow them sustainably.

Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie
The new German Sustainability Strategy 2021 places the UN's global sustainability goals at the center of action.

Update on the German Sustainability Strategy

The German government has decided on the further development of the German Sustainability Strategy to address new developments such as the European Green Deal and the Corona pandemic, and repeatedly emphasizes the contribution of the bioeconomy.

Der Selstar wir im Alten Land angebaut
Selstar is grown in the traditional fruit-growing region, the Alte Land.

Selenium-rich apple from the 'Old Country'

With "Selstar," researchers at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences have developed an apple with a high selenium content. The fruit could possibly replace food supplements.

Absetzer im Tagebau Hambach im Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier
Model regions of the bioeconomy are to be created where lignite was once mined. (in picture: Hambach open pit mine)

Developing the bioeconomy model region

The further development of the "Bioeconomy Model Region in the Rhineland" is to be supported by comprehensive accompanying research. The experience is also intended to benefit other regions.

Dose mit ligninbasierter Creme
With LignoBase, LignoPure offers a lignin-based powder that can replace fossil ingredients in cosmetics.

LignoPure plans first large-scale lignin production

The Hamburg-based start-up LignoPure was able to secure 2.2 million euros from investors in a first round of financing. With this, the team now wants to start the large-scale production of lignin for cosmetics.

Betonblock, der mithilfe von Bakterien verfestigt worden ist
With the help of bacteria, this concrete has been consolidated and is ready for compressive strength testing.

Concrete care with microorganisms

A research team is optimizing the cultivation of bacteria that secrete lime and can thus patch cracks in structures.

Birch trees have a particularly high content of the sugar xylose, which is the main component of hemicellulose.

New plastic is bio-based and recyclable

A research group has developed a new class of sustainable and functionalizable polymers.

Zwei petrischalen mit verschiedenen Cyanobakterien: Neue Bakterienvarianten (rechts im Bild) produzieren deutlich mehr PHB.
The new variants of cyanobacteria produce significantly more PHB.

Bacteria as bioplastic factories

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have modified the metabolic pathway of special cyanobacteria so that they produce large quantities of the natural bioplastic polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).

Aus Ananasblättern und anderen Agrarresten macht Bio-Lutions innovative und umweltfreundliche Verpackungen
Compostable packaging can be made from the fibers of plant residues - here from pineapples.

Fresh capital for BIO-LUTIONS

Cleantech start-up BIO-LUTIONS has raised a further 2.7 million euros and can now push the expansion of its production of sustainable packaging and disposable products.

Getreidekapuziner Rhyzopertha dominica nach der Behandlung mit Kieselerde
Lesser grain borer Rhyzopertha dominica after treatment with silica.

Protecting grain from insect pests with natural substances

The combination of silica and a parasitic fungus has proven to be an effective long-term protection against insect pests in grain storage.

Straw as a more popular building material is the goal of one of the projects now being funded in the university competition.

Ten more teams win university competition

The projects of the second funding round in the extended Science Year of the Bioeconomy have been determined.

Modepuppen mit verschiedenen Kleidungsstücken von Desiginern bei der Berlin Fashion Week im Kraftwerk in berlin Mitte.
The digital edition of Berlin Fashion Week took place at Kraftwerk in Mitte.

Berlin Fashion Week: Showcase for sustainable fashion

Berlin Fashion Week is focusing more than ever on sustainability by launching several new formats for "green fashion".


Eine Filmkamera vor einer Wand mit dem GFFA-Logo
For the first time, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is held completely digitally.

GFFA: World Food in Times of Pandemic and Climate Change

At the virtual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), experts from all over the world are currently discussing resilient food systems in times of pandemic and climate change.