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Mit pilzwiderstandsfähigen Rebsorten lassen sich bis zu achtzig Prozent der eingesezten Pflanzenschutzmittel im Weinbau einsparen
With fungus-resistant grape varieties, up to eighty per cent of the pesticides used in viticulture can be saved.

Better arming grape varieties against fungi

Under the leadership of the Julius Kühn Institute, a European research team wants to analyse fungus-resistant grapevines and identify molecular markers for grapevine breeding. The cuticle on the berry skin could play a key role.

Fast ein Drittel der Neugründungen sind nachhaltige Firmen, so der aktuelle Green Startup Monitor 2024.
Almost a third of start-ups are sustainable companies, according to the current Green Startup Monitor 2024.

Green start-ups remain drivers of transformation

Although the proportion of green start-ups remains high, it is declining slightly due to the current difficult market and financing conditions. This is shown by the latest Green Startup Monitor.

Drohnen könnten im Pflanzenschutz unterstützen, Pflanzenschutzmittel zielgerichtet auszubringen.
Drones could support the targeted application of crop protection products.

Identifying strategies for saving plant protection products

In a new EU project, researchers led by the Julius Kühn Institute want to investigate how innovative technologies can be used to reduce the use of plant protection products in arable farming.

Ein Pumpensystem am Roboter ermöglicht, Wasser bis auf einen Milliliter genau zu dosieren.
FarmBot in the greenhouse - a pump system on the robot makes it possible to dose water precisely down to one milliliter.

Studying climate impacts on plants with a high-tech platform

Researchers and students at TH Köln and the University of Cologne have developed an experimental platform that illustrates how climate change affects plant growth.

Hier entsteht das neue Produktionswerk: traceless Gründerinnen Anne Lamp (li.) und Johanna Baare (re.), zusammen mit der Vorbesitzerin Franziska Wedemann (Mitte)
The new production plant is being built here: traceless founders Anne Lamp (left) and Johanna Baare (right) with the previous owner Franziska Wedemann (center)

Traceless: First production facility in former industrial bakery

The bioeconomy start-up traceless materials will launch the first large-scale production of its biomaterials in the former Wedemann bakery in Hamburg-Harburg.

Vielfalt auf dem Acker

New European partnership for agroecology research

As part of the European partnership AGROECOLOGY, the call for proposals for actors from Germany has now started. Submit your ideas by April 26!

Smarte Technologien und neue Züchtungstechniken im EFI-Gutachten 2024

EFI: Making greater use of the potential of new technologies in crop production

In its annual report, the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) focused on new technologies for sustainable agriculture, among other things. The most important points at a glance.

Spinnen von AMSilks Seidenprotein
The biotechnologically produced spider silk fibers from AMSilk could replace petroleum-based textile fibers made of polyethylene or polyamide.

AMSilk and BRAIN Biotech: A smart protein design leads to a patent

The biotech companies AMSilk and BRAIN Biotech are announcing their first successes as part of their research and development alliance, which has only been running for a year: the optimization of a structural protein using computer-aided design and the patent application for the process.

A special commission of the DFG will provide scientific support for the transformation of agricultural and food systems.

New DFG commission: A holistic view of agricultural and food systems

An 18-member panel of experts forms the new Senate Commission of the German Research Foundation for the transformation of agricultural and food systems.

Betonbaustein aus rezyklierten Zuschlagstoffen und Reishülsenasche mit einer Reisstroh-Dämmung
Concrete block made from recycled aggregates and rice husk ash with rice straw insulation

Rice husk ash as a cement substitute

As part of the ReMatBuilt project, Fraunhofer researchers and partners from China have developed sustainable building materials made from recycled concrete and plant residues.

Washington Logroño (links) und Zac Austin gründeten Pacifico Biolabs im Jahr 2022.
Washington Logroño (left) and Zac Austin founded Pacifico Biolabs in 2022.

Millions for mushroom mycelium-based seafood

The Berlin and Leipzig-based start-up Pacifico Biolabs has raised 3.3 million US dollars in a financing round for the development of alternative fish and seafood.

Gemeinschaftsaufgabe: die nachhaltige Entwicklung von Stadtquartieren.
A joint task: the sustainable development of urban districts

DBU: Shaping a sustainable future together

The German Federal Environmental Foundation has launched a new funding initiative to support innovative projects in which stakeholders work together on concrete change processes for sustainable development. Submit project ideas by May 15.

Aminosäuren im Rastertunnelmikroskop untersuchen

Examining amino acids down to the nanometer

A research team at TU Braunschweig has combined various methods to make a scanning tunneling microscope usable for the surface analysis of peptides.

Die Kulturen werden in einem biofilm-basierten Kultivierungssystem angebaut, in dem sich die Algenstämme an eine Oberfläche heften und dort wachsen.
The cultures are grown in a biofilm-based cultivation system in which the algae strains attach themselves to a surface and grow there.

Cleaning wastewater with microalgae biofilm

Researchers at Cologne University of Applied Sciences have commissioned a pilot plant to test the cultivation of microalgae in a biofilm to purify landfill leachate.

Junge Menschen diskutieren
Young researchers can once again submit their ideas for funding.

Creative young talent wanted for the bioeconomy

With the new "BioKreativ" funding initiative, the BMBF is enabling young researchers from the natural, IT and engineering sciences to set up a junior research group for bioeconomy research. Apply by April 15.

With a global cultivation area of 222 million hectares and a harvest volume of 779 million tons, wheat is one of the most important food crops.

Wheat disease threatens global food supply

An international research team led by Munich agricultural scientist Senthold Asseng has modeled for the first time how the fungal disease wheat blast affects wheat production as a result of climate change.

Gemenge aus Mais und Stangenbohnen: Die Nährstoffverluste fallen deutlich niedriger als im Maisreinanbau aus.
Mixture of maize and runner beans: The nutrient losses are significantly lower than in pure maize cultivation.

Combined maize and bean cultivation pays off

According to a study, the combined cultivation of maize and runner beans is characterized by lower yields, but lower nutrient losses and greater biodiversity compared to a maize monoculture.

EU-Parlament-Abstimmung zu genomischen Techniken
This week, the EU Parliament in Strasbourg voted to relax genetic engineering legislation for certain genome-edited plants.

EU Parliament votes in favour of relaxing rules on genetic modification

The EU Commission's amended proposal to relax genetic engineering legislation for certain genome-edited plants was adopted by the European Parliament by a narrow majority.

Forscher wollen gesunde und schmackhafte Kost für Menschen über 50 entwickeln.
According to experts, a shift in diet towards more fruit and vegetables would significantly improve agriculture's carbon footprint.

Food transition creates trillions in profit

A global report involving researchers from Potsdam shows how the global economy would benefit from an agricultural and food transition and underlines the urgent need to revise the political framework.

Start-up Vyld - Ines Schiller und Melanie Schichan entwickelt Tampons aus Meeresalgen
Ines Schiller and Melanie Schichan develop tampons from seaweed.

Vyld: Fresh capital for the world's first algae tampon

The Berlin start-up Vyld has raised millions from investors as part of an early-stage financing round, thereby securing the further development of its seaweed products.