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NRW gets Bioeconomy Council

The state government has decided to set up a Bioeconomy Council to drive forward the expansion of a bio-based and sustainable economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. The 15-member advisory body will begin its work in January 2024.

Tobias Erb
Tobias Erb assembles metabolic pathways and uses them in natural and artificial cells.

Leibniz Prize for Marburg bioengineer

Molecular biologist Tobias Erb receives the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, endowed with 2.5 million euros, for his pioneering work in the field of synthetic biology.

In Beton gemischt können die Bakterien Risse durch produzierten Kalk wieder schließen.
When mixed into concrete, the bacteria can close cracks by producing lime.

Repairing cracks in concrete with bacteria

Researchers at Munich University of Applied Sciences have developed a process that for the first time enables the efficient cultivation of lime-producing bacteria and thus the commercial use of "self-healing concrete".

Clariants Vorzeigeanlage zur sunliquid®-Zellulose-Ethanol-Produktion in Podari, Rumänien
Clariant's cellulosic ethanol production plant in Podari, Romania, is closed.

Clariant: End of commercial biorefinery in Romania

The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is discontinuing the loss-making production of cellulosic ethanol from straw at its plant in Romania, which was only opened in 2022. Corresponding activities in Straubing, Munich and Planegg will also be shut down.

Drei Bundesminister auf dem Bioökonomieforum 2023
Three members of the Federal Government spoke at the Bioeconomy Forum: Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (BMBF), Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (BMWK) and Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (BMEL).

Bioeconomy Forum shines with political celebrities

Three federal ministers were present at the Bioeconomy Forum in Berlin. In front of more than 200 participants, they emphasized the potential of a sustainable, bio-based economy and made it clear what is important now.

Collage mit Porträtfotos von vier Empfängern des ERC Consolidator Grants 2023.
Sie erhalten hochdotierte ERC Consolidator Grants: Der Bioinformatiker Korbinian Schneeberger, der Pflanzenwissenchaftler Guillaume Lobet, die Chemikerin Amelie-Heuer-Jungemann und der Biochemiker Tristan Wagner.

ERC: Bioeconomy projects by four top researchers honored

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the recipients of this year's Consolidator Grants. These include four pioneering research projects from Germany that are relevant to the bioeconomy.

Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Bioeconomy International: New call for proposals launched

As part of the "Bioeconomy International" funding initiative, the BMBF is supporting the establishment of global research alliances for the eleventh time.

Grasslands are not only hotspots of biodiversity, but also carbon sinks.

Diversity turns soils into carbon sinks

An international research team was able to prove that on grassland it is not the quantity of plant biomass but its diversity that is decisive for carbon storage in the soil.

Pilotanlage MicroHarvest
The pilot plant in Lisbon enables prototypes to be manufactured and production runs to be tested.

Hamburg-based MicroHarvest opens pilot plant in Lisbon

With the commissioning of the first pilot plant for the production of sustainable proteins, the Hamburg-based biotechnology company has taken a further step towards commercialization.

Eine Frau steht hinter einer Maschine, die ein Stück Stoff verarbeitet
Coating process of a cellulose-based nonwoven with the lignin compound as a hot melt application on a continuous coating line

Giving bio-based geotextiles the right durability

Lignin-coated natural fibers can replace highly resistant synthetic fibers in some civil engineering applications.

Konferenz 10 Jahre Bioökonomie International in Bonn

Bioeconomy International: Looking back and forward in Bonn

The first cooperation projects of the BMBF's Bioeconomy International funding measure were launched ten years ago. To mark the anniversary, the BMBF hosted a conference in Bonn. The upcoming round of calls for proposals was also discussed there.

Which innovative ideas in sustainable chemistry have the potential to improve the textile sector? This is the question posed by the International Competence Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (ISC3) in the Innovation Challenge 2024.

Innovations for green textiles wanted

Interested parties can now apply for the fifth Innovation Challenge of the International Competence Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (ISC3). We are looking for solutions in the field of sustainable chemistry for textiles.

Um Astronauten bei Langzeitmissionen im Weltraum mit nahrhafter Nahrung zu versorgen, wird es immer wichtiger, Lebensmittel im Weltraum züchten zu können.
In order to provide astronauts with nutritious food during long-term missions in space, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to produce food in space.

Cell-based meat as astronaut food

Two independent ESA research teams have come to the conclusion that the production of cultured meat in space as a protein-rich food source would be particularly worthwhile on long-haul missions.

IWBio-Workshop 2023

Berlin: Industrial biotechnology meets foodtech

At a conference organised by the industry association Weiße Biotechnologie e.V. (IWBio) in Berlin, stakeholders discussed the potential and innovation obstacles of biotechnological alternatives to meat, milk and egg products.

Since January 2018, products containing insects can also be authorised as food in Germany. However, acceptance among the population remains low.

Insect food: Creating acceptance with trust

More information on the benefits of insects as food and their sustainable production can help to minimise reservations, as an EU country study shows.

iGEM in blauen Buchstaben auf einer Bühne
All German teams were successful at the iGEM Jamboree 2023 in Paris.

iGEM Jamboree 2023: Four German teams among the top 10

At the grand finale of the iGEM competition for synthetic biology in Paris, the university teams from Braunschweig, Dresden, Freiburg and Heidelberg scored particularly well. The other German teams also came home with special prizes and medals.

Collage aus Fotos der iGEM 2022
The iGEM final is a major event for the entire synthetic biology scene.

iGEM competition: These German teams will compete in the final in Paris

The Grand Jamboree of iGEM, the international student competition on synthetic biology, starts in Paris on 2 November. There will be 19 university teams from Germany at the start. All projects at a glance.

Zukunftstechnologien Statusseminar

Berlin: Future technologies for the industrial bioeconomy

At a status seminar organised by the BMBF funding programme "Future Technologies for the Industrial Bioeconomy", research associations presented their diverse approaches to developing biohybrid technologies.

Robert Hoffie untersucht Gerste

BMBF launches research offensive for modern plant breeding

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) wants to massively advance the breeding of climate-adapted and high-performance crops. Funding is being provided for alliances and junior research groups that use the entire spectrum of modern breeding techniques – including genome editing.

Meeresboden mit Steinen, Muscheln und Algen sowie im Hintergrund Eis
In the Southern Ocean, life has to make do with few nutrients, much more so at the surface than in the deep sea.

Rhodopsins as an alternative to photosynthesis

Diatoms have developed a way to grow successfully even in nutrient-poor marine regions.