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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.

Kontrukt aus Holz und Kunststoff, auf dem eine Möhre abgebildet ist
This gripper arm made of biopolyester still looks very much like research.

Biodegradable muscles for robots

For more sustainability in soft robotics, a Max Planck research team has developed artificial muscles made of gelatin, oil and bioplastics.

ausgerolltes Netz aus beigefarbenen Fasern
The renewable natural fibers used for leno fabrics, which are available regionally or across Europe, and a partially bio-based coating help improve the carbon footprint of the construction industry.

Textile concrete for sustainable building

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a natural fiber reinforcement for concrete that can be a bio-based alternative to synthetic fibers.

Feld mit gelb blühenden Pflanzen und locker bewölktem blauem Himmel
Indole not only gives rapeseed fields their characteristic odor, but is also a starting material for medicinally relevant compounds.

New biocatalyst for medical agents

Researchers have optimized an enzyme that activates indole and indene to produce, for example, the precursor of an HIV protease inhibitor.

Regenwald, angrenzend an eine Ölpalmenplantage
The researchers compared the effects of live roots or leaf litter in small experimental plots in the rainforest (left) with oil palm plantations (right).

Plant roots are more important for tropical soil life than assumed

Without contact with roots, one third fewer decomposers live in the soil. This is what biodiversity researchers from Germany found out during studies in tropical rainforests and plantations.

Hände in weißen Handschuhe halten hallte und dunkle Holzhackschnitzel
Beechwood chips (right) torrefied by superheated steam have an increased calorific value compared to untreated chips (left) and are also water-repellent.

Thermochemical refinement of wood

Researchers from Fraunhofer IGB have developed a process for torrefaction of biomass. It is now being tested on a large scale to produce green chemicals and biochar.

Eine Rolle mit weißer Faser und ein Glasbecher mit weißen Perlen vor einer Produktionsanlage
The DITF develops polyester fibers and granules whose basic building blocks use CO2 from industrial waste gases as a raw material.

CO2 as raw material for polyester fibers

A European research project aims to reduce fossil raw materials in the textile industry and make PET fibers recyclable.

Kunstrasenfläche mit weißer Seitenlinie und aufwirbelnden schwarzen Punkten
On artificial turf, the filler granules swirl into the air.

Artificial turf fields made from biobased materials

In Ellwangen, a sports field is being built with a playing surface made of biopolymers.