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Eine Rolle mit weißer Faser und ein Glasbecher mit weißen Perlen vor einer Produktionsanlage
The DITF develops polyester fibers and granules whose basic building blocks use CO2 from industrial waste gases as a raw material.

CO2 as raw material for polyester fibers

A European research project aims to reduce fossil raw materials in the textile industry and make PET fibers recyclable.

Kunstrasenfläche mit weißer Seitenlinie und aufwirbelnden schwarzen Punkten
On artificial turf, the filler granules swirl into the air.

Artificial turf fields made from biobased materials

In Ellwangen, a sports field is being built with a playing surface made of biopolymers.

Many surfactants are still produced on the basis of petroleum or tropical oils.

With enzymes to biobased lipopeptide surfactants

Researchers from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln) and Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen) have developed an enzymatic process that can be used to produce biosurfactants from domestic raw materials more sustainably.

Drohne düngt das Feld
In agriculture, technical solutions for precision crop production are often only used in isolation.

Potentials of precise plant cultivation

In a mixed agricultural operation, a team led by ATB researchers from Potsdam wants to demonstrate the benefits of systematic use of precision crop management techniques.

Researchers have produced bioased aniline from plant biomass such as sugar beets.

Covestro: Towards bio-based aniline

Covestro and its partners have developed a process to obtain the important chemical aniline from biomass. The process is now being scaled up to pilot production.

Plastikflaschen recyceln
Biotechnological processes can make plastics recycling more sustainable.

Recycling synthetic polymers with enzymes

Researchers have identified new biocatalysts that can make recycling of the plastics polyurethane and polyvinyl alcohol resource-efficient and environmentally friendly.


links und rechts: Johannes Neidel, Hillary Onyebuchi Onyishi (beide Fraunhofer UMSICHT), Mitte: Natividad Jordan Escalona (RWE) an der Anlage in Niederaußem
Left and right: Johannes Neidel, Hillary Onyebuchi Onyishi (both Fraunhofer UMSICHT), center: Natividad Jordan Escalona (RWE) at the plant in Niederaussem.

Sustainable hydrocarbons from biomass

A pyrolysis plant developed by Fraunhofer researchers was commissioned at RWE's Niederaussem research site to convert residual and waste materials into high-quality hydrocarbons.

Bioeconomy in Germany

Now available in English: Bioeconomy in Germany

Last year, the comprehensive brochure “Bioökonomie in Deutschland” was published in a completely revised and updated version. Now the standard work on the bio-based economy in Germany has been translated into English.

Zu Rundballen zusammengepresstes Weizenstroh
Obtaining sustainable chemicals from biomass is not always easy.

New catalysts for biomass utilization

Converting biomass into chemicals is a technical challenge. Supported with 2 million euros from the European Research Council, a Hamburg research team develops new catalysts specifically for this purpose.

Ein junger Mann mit Brille und Laborkittel beschriftet im Labor einen Glaskolben
Prof. Eric Helfrich is developing new methods to track down previously undiscovered natural substances.

DFG funding for search for natural substances

Machine learning is used to detect atypical peptides in bacteria and make them available for use.

Spinnen von AMSilks Seidenprotein
AMSilk's bioengineered spider silk fibers could replace petroleum-based textile fibers made from polyethylene or polyamide.

AMSilk partners with BRAIN Biotech

Biotech companies AMSilk and BRAIN Biotech will collaborate on the development of high-performance protein fibers for the textile industry.

Blick auf die Schrammsteine in der Sächsischen Schweiz
Saxony has a solid raw material base for a bio-based and sustainable economy.

Driving the bioeconomy forward in Saxony

With the event series "Bioeconomy Workshop Saxony", an alliance of business and science aims to bring innovative concepts of the bioeconomy into practice.

Soil fungi can promote nutrient uptake by the plant, but they can also cause rot and cause the plant to die.

Dead soil microbes influence the CO2 content

The carbon cycle in soil is significantly influenced by the way microorganisms die.

alter Brauereikessel
Microorganisms such as yeast cells have been used by brewers for centuries as biofactories for beer production.

Field test for optimized cell factories

With an EU grant, Max Planck researchers want to bring their new concept for optimizing microbial production organisms into biotechnological application.

fertig gepresste Rindenplatten
Pressed bark panels

Glue free wood panels from tree bark

Researchers have succeeded in pressing wooden boards from the bark of native trees that do not require glue, thus enabling easy reuse.

Bauarbeiter verlegen ein mannshohes schwarzes Rohr im Boden.
Pipes like this are also mostly made of HDPE today. Now researchers have developed a biodegradable alternative.

Biodegradable alternative to HD polyethylene developed

A special polyester has properties comparable to thermoplastics and is both recyclable and microbially degradable.

Acker-Schmalwand (Arabidopsis thaliana) Versuchspflanzen im Gewächshaus
Researchers used the example of the field thale cress to investigate how plants protect themselves from too much sun.

How plants protect themselves from sun

Plants protect their cells from too much sun with the help of color pigments. The signal for this is given by the sugars from photosynthesis.

An industry survey conducted by BIO Deutschland shows that the heyday of German biotechnology is over.

Biotechnology sector at a low

After two years of record figures, the mood in the German biotechnology industry is worse than ever. This is shown by the annual survey of the industry association BIO Deutschland for 2022.

Das mittlere der drei Fleischstücke besteht aus Pflanzenfasern.
No difference can be seen: However, the middle of the three pieces of meat is made of plant fibers.

Fresh capital for Project Eaden

Berlin-based food tech startup Project Eaden receives another €2 million in a seed round to further develop its fiber technology for producing plant-based meat.

Der heimische Anbau von Sojabohnen könnte die Abhängigkeit von Importen verringern.
Domestic cultivation of soybeans could reduce dependence on imports.

Climate change requires breeding of new soybean varieties

Soy production in Europe could be further increased by breeding new drought- and heat-tolerant varieties.