Researchers from Wismar and Hamburg want to develop the wooden nail further for use in ecological wood construction.
The global assessment of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES paints a dramatic picture of the situation of biological diversity on earth and calls for profound change.
Researchers at the University of Bochum have improved the lifetime of bioelectrodes by making a protein complex involved in the photosynthetic process more durable.
Using a simple genetic trick, biochemists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have induced potatoes to form tubers even at high temperatures.
The insecticide clothianidin, which is banned in the EU, damages bumble bees, a field study confirms. Honey bees, on the other hand, remain unaffected.
Bio-based adhesives are not only more sustainable. They also have other advantages over their petrol-based counterparts, as an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research shows.
Givaudan, the world's largest manufacturer of fragrances and flavours, opts for the biotechnologically produced spider silk proteins from AMSilk in Martinsried, Germany.
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.