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During this years "disruptive innovation festival" numerous online sessions and podcasts explained the concept and opportunities of a circular economy and insects as food or feed.


In a new report, the international InterAcademy Partnership states that food production and consumption must change drastically to limit climate change.

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The International Rice Research Institute IRRI and the Tübingen-based biotech company Computomics aim to identify new resistant rice varieties using artificial intelligence.

Junge Ackerbrache mit Korn- und Mohnblumen, Kornrade, Acker-Fuchsschwanzgras und Gerste. Für viele Menschen zeigt sich in solchen Bildern ein ästhetischer Eigenwert der vielfältigen Natur.

The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference, held until the end of November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, focusses on the implementation of global goals for the protection of biodiversity.


Following the inititative of the German University of Hohenheim, the six leading European universities regarding bioeconomy will join forces and establish a pan-European university.


An algal technology developed by Munich scientists could help mitigate global warming. It converts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into valuable carbon fibers.


Scientific advisors and a WTO-committee are urging European legislators to revise their verdict regarding GMOs to reflect current scientific knowledge and protect EU trade relations.



Certain protein fragments give cheese, beer, soy and the likes their characteristic taste. Munich biochemists have developed a new method to identify these fragments.  


In early November, international experts from Ghana, Colombia and Germany gathered in Berlin to discuss the state of the implementation of the sustainable development goals.


Essen-based specialty chemicals company Evonik invests in British start-up OPTIfarm, which aims to improve poultry production via digitalisation.


Coastal researchers at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht have developed a statistical method with which cod stocks in the Barents Sea can be predicted more accurately.


Environmental contamination due to plastic waste is enormous. Nuremberg researchers are developing bio-based and biodegradable plastics to put an end to this.


The fourth gene technology report by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities has been published. The authors urge to rethink the regulation of CRISPR-Cas products.


More than 500 bioeconomy experts from policy, industry and research joined a conference in Brussels organised by the European Commission to discuss the new European bioeconomy strategy.

An Tabakpflanzen in der Klimakammer messen Forscher deren Lachgasausstoß.

Nitrous oxide emissions by plants are larger than previously thought. Though a natural process, it should be included in climate change models, say researchers from Heidelberg and Bingen.


An assessment by the Federal Environment Agency with the participation of Fraunhofer researchers states: Even biodegradable plastics remain in the environment for months.

Für Pflanzenzüchter ist es wichtig zu wissen, ob Pflanzen anfälliger für Hitze oder Dürre sind.

According to plant researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), drought stresses arable crops more than heat and leads to higher crop losses.

Korallenriffe sind der Lebensraum vieler Meeresbewohner. Doch das marine Ökosystem ist gefährdet.

In its latest report, the IPCC has called for a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions in order to limit the risks posed by global warming to humans and nature.

In Berlin findet der erste globale politische Gipfel zur Bioökonomie statt. Die Organisatoren verbinden damit die Hoffnung, langfristig die internationale Abstimmung zur Bioökonomie zu verbessern.

The European Commission has announced an updated Bioeconomy Strategy containing an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy for all of Europe. 


About 500 experts from 70 countries met in Berlin at the beginning of October for the 12th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection - IWCSPP2018.

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