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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.

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.

Umsatzentwicklung Biotechnologie-Branche in Deutschland

Biotechnology industry registers record growth

In 2020, the German biotechnology sector grew faster than it has in years. According to the sector association of the biotechnology industry BIO Deutschland, the 710 local companies generated sales of almost 6.5 billion euros. The industry stars BioNTech and CureVac were the main contributors.

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.