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The global cultivation area of GMO crops is growing, but Europe and especially Germany remain sceptical regarding the usage of GMOs.


A body of research has shown the negative consequences of microplastics for aqueous life. Now, a seminal paper that had demonstrated behavioural changes in fish was retracted.

Biosprit, Bioethanol, Benzin, Tankstelle

The consumption of bioethanol as part of the petrol market has increased slightly in Germany. In 2016 1.2 million tonnes of bio-based ethanol has been added to fuels.


More than 250,000 Europeans voiced their support for a change in the agriculture industry towards sustainable farming policies across Europe.


Industry 4.0 via digitalization spanning robots and bio-based economy – that is the main message of the Hannover Messe 2017.  


The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding 17 new Priority Programmes with a total of €100 million. Three of the Life Science projects are focused on bio-based economy.


Global climate change is costing the wine industry billions of dollars each year. An international team of researchers established a “Global Risk Index for Wine Regions”.


Berlin-based researcher establish new analysis of origin for frog legs. The specific pattern of isotopes within each animal can tell, whether they indeed stem from sustainable farms.


A global event for the freedom of science taking place on April 22. In Germany demonstrations are planned at 20 sites - from Berlin to Heligoland.


Emmanuelle Charpentier discovered the revolutionary genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas. Now she will head her own Max-Planck research unit in Berlin.


Extreme weather occurrences are endangering harvest yields worldwide. To enable more precise weather forecasts a new Land-Atmosphere Feedback Observatory (LAFO) will be established.


A pan-German collaboration of Audi, BASF, and Covestro developed a new bio-based car coating. Thus reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions during production.


Dortmund-based biochemists are able to draw patterns in cells. All that is needed to paint with “molecular ink” is a laser and light sensitive molecules.


Tropical forests are being more and more fragmented. Leipzig-based scientists assessed that this increases carbon dioxide emissions by an additional third.


BASF acquired the licence for the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas from Boston’s Broad Institute. Now the company can utilize the tool for its global enterprises.


The synthetic silk biopolymer produced by Amsilk found its way into nail polish: Together with Ocean Pharma the new product will be unveiled at in-cosmetics Global in London.


Aquacultures are polluting Chile's rivers with a cocktail of dissolved organic substances. An international team of researchers establishes new safety limits.


The DNA molecule offers countless structural possibilities. Dresden-based scientists developed a synthetic envelope to protect the sensitive building blocks.


International experts from politics and industry gathered in Berlin to discuss the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


New addition: A branch of the European Forest Institute has just opened in Bonn. The institute conducts research on forests at a pan-European level and advises policy makers.

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