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Katjes Werk in Potsdam
Confectionery manufacturer Katjes has been pursuing a "veggie strategy" for years.

Katjes invests in UNMILK

Through its investment platform Katjes Greenfood, the confectionery manufacturer will support the start-up UNMILK, which offers milk alternatives made from oat and pea proteins.

Pilotanlage in Dänemark
The process for producing climate-neutral methane has already been tested at this pilot plant in Denmark.

Electrochaea raises 36 million euros

Using microbial electrochemical cells, the young company produces climate-neutral methane from CO2 and green hydrogen.

Die Gründer Jonas Heuer, Max Webers, Philipp Arbter und Tyll Utesch.
COLIPI founders Jonas Heuer, Max Webers, Philipp Arbter and Tyll Utesch.

Yeast replaces palm oil

Hamburg-based start-up COLIPI gets support from the EXIST funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protectionfor the development of a climate-friendly palm oil alternative.

In der vorkommerziellen Produktionsanlage in Straubing hat Clariant Chinaschilf enzymatisch zu Bioethanol verarbeitet.
Clariant's pre-commercial production plant in Munich-Straubing already produces bioethanol from straw.

Industrial bioeconomy: Bavaria invests in scale-up plants

With a new funding program, Bavaria is supporting companies in setting up bioeconomy production plants on an industrial scale.

20.000-fache Vergrößerung der Bäckerhefe
The microbe of the year 2022, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, magnified 20,000 times.

Baker's yeast is Microbe of the Year 2022

The multi-talent of modern biotechnology has been used by humans for thousands of years.

EU-Flagge
In its second round of distributions, the EIC Accelerator is among others funding three German start-ups from the bioeconomy.

EU Accelerator funds three bioeconomy start-ups

Around 30 million euros will go to BIOWEG, CO2BioClean and Genome Biologics to research and grow.

Pflastikflaschen mit blauem Schraubverschluss
Plasticizers are found in many plastics because they make them easier to shape.

Paving the way for bio-based plasticizers

Researchers have laid the foundation for the production of sustainable plasticizers: The molecules needed for plastic production can be obtained from waste streams from food production or wood processing.

Der rote Weihnachtsstern ist ein beliebteste Zierpflanze.
More and more nurseries cultivate poinsettias in the greenhouse.

20 million Christmas stars

This year, almost every fifth houseplant produced in Germany is a poinsettia. Most of the colorful spurge plants come from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Hülsenfrüchte, Leguminosen, Ackerbohnen, Protein, Pflanzen
Legumes such as beans or lentils are important sources of protein for a healthy diet.

Tapping alternative protein sources

The development of new technologies for the processing of alternative protein sources up to the end product is the focus of a new funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Eingang BayWa-Zentrale München
BayWa AG is strengthening its commitment in the field of sustainably produced dairy substitutes. (Image: BayWa HQ in Munich)

BayWa invests in plant-based dairy alternatives

BayWa further expands its activities in the field of alternative protein sources and invests in the Israeli food start-up YoFix Probiotics.

Kartierübung mit Studierenden bei Brackede and der Elbe (Niedersachsen /Deutschland). Diese Wiese wird einmal jährlich gemäht.
Mapping exercise with students near Brackede on the Elbe (Lower Saxony /Germany). This meadow is mowed once a year.

Ecologically valuable management of meadows and pastures

Saving species-rich grasslands is the focus of a new project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research with a total of 3 million euros over the next three years.

Omelett auf dem Teller
A plant-based herb omelet could soon replace the traditional dish.

Vegan egg alternative from the field bean

After plant-based substitutes for milk and meat, a vegan alternative for eggs is soon to conquer the market: the Berlin-based company Perfeggt has now been able to win investors for this.

Stephan Baz präentiert die umweltfreundliche Baumhülle.
Stephan Baz (Head of Staple Fiber Technologies) shows the environmentally friendly tree cover on a red maple. In the foreground: hybrid yarn variants made from flax or cotton.

Reforestation without plastic waste

Textile researchers have developed biodegradable tree covers from renewable raw materials.