Chinese plant researchers have deciphered and analysed the genomes of 472 different wild grapevine forms. A vine archive from Karlsruhe contributed material.
Students from TU Berlin triumphed in the TROPHELIA ideas competition with a triple victory and a special prize for vegan product ideas.
A German-Brazilian research team is assessing the effects of increased CO2 levels on the Amazon rainforest.
A study shows that the EU obtains almost two thirds of all plant-based raw materials from Asia. Cotton and palm oil are at the top of the list.
In Bristol, England, the Max Planck Society is establishing a research center for synthetic biology with the local university: the Max Planck-Bristol Center in Minimal Biology.
Higher yields in intensive agriculture come at the expense of biodiversity. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis conducted by environmental researchers from Leipzig.
Guardian molecules detect bacterial intruders in plants and induce the death of the affected cell, as German and Chinese researchers found out.
Plastic waste in the water attract the water fleas' chemical cues, thereby undermining the defence strategies of the tiny crustaceans.
Fraunhofer researchers have developed an artificial alternative to natural rubber - with superior properties.
A closer look at cleaning products containing probiotic bacteria reveals that they are useless, as investigations by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have shown.
Bioprocess engineers at TU Dresden have affixed fungal enzymes to metal globules, making problematic chemicals in sewage treatment plants biodegradable.
In the "rECOmine" project, researchers are developing concepts to recover recyclables and eliminate pollutants.
Products with sustainability seals make consumers feel good. But ultimately it is the price that determines the purchase decision, as Göttingen-based agricultural economists show.
Frankfurt-based biotechnologists have discovered how bacteria build up their arsenal of antibiotic substances.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen have for the first time discovered microorganisms that need the toxic gas to grow.
Researchers from Saarbrücken have developed a car paint that repairs small scratches in an instant: The coating consists of corn starch and reacts to heat.
With the parentage of the valuable spice plant saffron uncovered, botanists will be able to optimize the breeding of the valuable spice plant saffron.
Researchers at Leipzig University Library want to use microbes to learn more about late medieval writings.
The partnership for natural-based sweetening solutions around Zwingenberger Brain AG has a new partner: In March, a European beverage company joined the DOLCE team.
Chemists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have analysed the traditional preparation of marine animals and developed a faster alternative.