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Blasslila Bogen mit kleinen leuchtenden Punkten, aus dem zwei kräftig lila gefärbte Hörnchen herauswachsen
Two lateral root primordia develop from the main root of Arabidopsis thaliana. Images (with false colors) were taken with a confocal microscope.

How the TOR protein regulates root growth

The signaling molecule TOR detects whether there is enough sugar to form new roots.

Gänseblümchen, Erbsen, Raps & Co.: Bei diesen Mini-Testbroten verleihen alternative Proteine dem Teig eine locker-luftige Struktur, wie sie sonst nur mit Gluten erreicht werden kann.
Daisies, peas, rapeseed & co.: In these mini test loaves, alternative proteins give the dough a fluffy, airy structure that can otherwise only be achieved with gluten.

Alternative proteins for gluten-free baked goods

Using proteins from pea, rapeseed, quinoa and daisies, Hohenheim researchers want to replace gluten protein in baked goods and thus make pasta both fluffy and nutritious.

Ethanolanlage von Südzucker-Tochter CropEnergies in Zeitz
Südzucker subsidiary CropEnergies' site in Zeitz has been producing up to 400,000 cubic meters of ethanol per year since 2005.

CropEnergies focuses on biobased chemicals

The first production plant for manufacturing renewable ethyl acetate from sustainable ethanol is to be built at the site of Südzucker subsidiary CropEnergies in Zeitz by 2025.

Preisträgerin des Nachwuchspreises des Berliner Wissenschaftspreises an Dr. Anja Maria Wagemans (Mitte) durch Berlins Regierenden Bürgermeister Kai Wegner (links)
Young Scientists Award of the Berlin Science Prize to Dr. Anja Maria Wagemans (center) by Berlin's Governing Mayor Kai Wegner (left)

Award for research on meat substitutes

Food technologist Anja Maria Wagemans from TU Berlin has been awarded the Young Scientist Award of the Berlin Science Award for her research into novel biomaterials.

weiße kleine Hohlzylinder aus geschäumtem Material
Foamed plastics for packaging materials have so far mostly been based on petroleum.

Starch based foam film

A research project aims to create an alternative to packaging materials made from fossil plastic.

Die Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin Dr. Bettina Hoffmann übergibt den beiden Gründerinnen Anne Lamp und Johanna Baare den Förderscheck des BUM
Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Bettina Hoffmann hands over the BMU funding check to the two founders Anne Lamp and Johanna Baare.

Million euro funding for traceless

Bioeconomy start-up traceless materials receives 5 million euros from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) to build a demonstration plant.

Seyma Celik, Anja Armstrong und Jennifer Boronowska mit Lutz Oelsner, Bundespatenbeauftragter 2023 und Präsident der Unternehmensverbände im Lande Bremen e. V.
The award winners Seyma Celik, Anja Armstrong and Jennifer Boronowska with Lutz Oelsner, Federal Funding Officer 2023 and President of Unternehmensverbände im Land Bremen e.V.

Organic disposable bag made from hemp fibers impresses at the Jugend forscht competition

In the 58th national Jugend forscht competition, three students from Hesse won first prize in the "world of work" category with their development of a compostable disposable bag.

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Amorphous silicate leads to improved nutrient and water availability in wheat and higher yields.

Higher wheat yields with silicon fertilizers

One-time fertilization with amorphous silicate could be enough to significantly improve nutrient and water availability and thus yields in wheat. This is shown by a recent study by ZALF.

Kichererbsen
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.