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Legumes such as chickpeas are valuable sources of protein for food and feed production and can make agriculture more sustainable.

Establish niche crops for plant-based foods

By cultivating various legumes in the Franconia-Hohenlohe region, researchers aim to expand the local portfolio of plant-based foods and establish regional value chains.

Montage aus Bioreaktor mit einem Magneten und schematischer Vergrößerung von Bakterien und Uran
Magnetotactic bacteria bind uranium in their cell wall (right). This can be used to purify uranium-contaminated water by separating the loaded bacteria with a magnet (left).

Wastewater treatment with magnetotactic bacteria

Microorganisms that react to magnetic fields can eliminate contamination with heavy metals.

Radnetzspinne: eine Feindin für pflanzenfressende Arthropoden
Orb-weaver spiders: an enemy for herbivorous arthropods

Arthropod diversity increases forest productivity

A study by Göttingen researchers shows for the first time the importance of insect, spider and millipede biodiversity for the forest ecosystem.

Die Crumbsticks haben einen essbaren „Knochen“ aus einer kross gebackenen Brotstange.
Crumbsticks have an edible "bone" made from a crusty baked breadstick.

Oleogels as heat-resistant barrier layer

Researchers have developed a bio-based coating that protects against moisture and heat while being edible, allowing its use in food.

Grauammer in einer Blumenwiese
A Corn Bunting is foraging in a fallow field.

Fallow land promotes bird diversity

A study shows how to most effectively create fallow land to strengthen biodiversity.

Am liebsten 100% plastikfrei: Verpackungsvorschlag des EDGGY-Teams.
Ideally, 100% plastic-free: packaging proposal of the EDGGY team.

Edible packaging from eggshells

"Eat, don't dispose" - with this in mind, students have developed bio-based packaging from food waste that can be eaten.

Zwei Männer diskutieren für einem Monitor, der chemische Strukturformeln zeigt.
PhD student Vivian Willers and Professor Volker Sieber from the Technical University of Munich discuss artificial photosynthesis for environmentally friendly food production.

Artificial photosynthesis produces important amino acid

A team from the Technical University of Munich has developed a cell-free bioprocess in which the important protein building block L-alanine is produced from CO2 and hydrogen.

Die neuen Biokunststofffolien aus PBS sind recyclingfähig, biologisch abbaubar und können auf gängigen Extrusionsanlagen verarbeitet werden.
The new bioplastic films made from PBS are recyclable, biodegradable and can be processed on common extrusion lines.

Shipping bags made from new bioplastic

Fraunhofer researchers have expanded the range of sustainable bioplastics with a new type of polybutylene succinate (PBS) and produced a first product from it.

Die „Flora Incognita“-App hat neue Künstliche Intelligenz erhalten
The Flora Incognita app recognizes 16,000 species worldwide and is available in 20 languages.

Flora Incognita enhanced with AI

Thanks to artificial intelligence, the plant identification app can now recognize three times as many plants - and with greater accuracy.

Spulen mit Fasern und Häufchen aus Granulat
The starting materials enable the production of sustainable composite materials.

New fiber composite made from biopolymers

A research collaboration has developed a sustainable alternative for the production of organosheets.

Banner TUM Venture Lab FAB
The TUM Venture Labs drive start-ups forward with a globally competitive funding program.

Oetker Group supports start-up incubator

The Venture Lab of the TU Munich has a new partner: The food company Dr. Oetker will support start-ups in the field of food-agro-biotech.

Ausschnitte aus der Vitual Reality für die CUBES Circle-Anlage in einem urbanen Umfeld
Excerpts from Vitual Reality for the CUBES Circle facility in an urban setting.

CUBES Circle: Research building presented

The construction of the CUBES Circle research facility has taken an important step forward: The shell of the building has now been unveiled on HU Berlin's Dahlem campus. The circulation system for urban food production is scheduled for completion in the fall.

Mann im Laborkittel arbeitet im Labor.
Dr. Christian Sonnendecker from the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Leipzig at work in the laboratory.

PET demand ever higher

Researchers in Leipzig have improved the efficiency of an enzyme that can degrade the plastic familiar from bottles.

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.

Fresh capital for AMSilk

Biotech company AMSilk has raised an additional €25 million in a Series C financing round to advance its global market presence.

By using activated carbon from kitchen waste to treat wastewater, researchers hope to protect water bodies from pollutants.

Biowaste to clean wastewater

To close urban carbon cycles, researchers at the University of Kassel want to investigate whether activated carbon made from potato peels, food scraps and other kitchen waste is suitable for wastewater treatment.

Maschinelle Ernte der Torfmoose auf dem Feldversuch bei Oldenburg
Mechanical harvesting of peat mosses on the field trial near Oldenburg

First results on peat moss paludiculture

Researchers have been able to demonstrate that the rewetted cultivation areas of peat mosses are genuine greenhouse gas sinks. This could save up to 85% of CO2 emissions.

Möbel, Autoteile oder Skateboards: Umweltfreundlicher Chitosan-Flachs-Verbundwerkstoff von Forschenden der Universität Stuttgart könnte in vielen Bereichen Strukturmaterialien auf fossiler Basis ersetzen
Furniture, car parts or skateboards: Environmentally friendly chitosan flax composite material from researchers at the University of Stuttgart could replace fossil-based structural materials in many applications.

Bio-composite made from flax and chitosan

Researchers have developed a new bio-composite material that is made from CO2-neutral raw materials and is biodegradable.

Eine Frau blickt durch eine Lücke in einem orangefarbenen Polymerbauteil
Traceless co-founder Anne Lamp is one of the nominees for the Renewable Material of the Year 2023 award with her plastic-free polymer material.

Innovative materials without fossil raw materials

With COLIPI and traceless materials, two German start-ups have qualified for the finals of the "Renewable Material of the Year 2023" award.

Chemikerinnen und Chemiker der Uni Jena nutzen Biertreber als biologische Ressource für die Herstellung elektrochemischer Energiespeicher.
Brewer's grains are a by-product of the brewing process and can be used in a variety of ways.

Using brewery waste for battery production

Researchers at the University of Jena have extracted activated carbon from brewer's grains and used it as a raw material for the production of electrochemical energy storage systems.

Oberkörper eines Mannes, der im Labor steht
Marc Nowaczyk researches the enzyme complexes involved in photosynthesis.

Efficient biocatalysts for solar cells

Researchers have succeeded in harnessing electrons from the early stages of photosynthesis.