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The award ceremony traditionally takes place in the ZDF capital studio in Berlin.

German Founder's Award for Traceless Materials

The Hamburg-based bioeconomy company has been awarded the German Founder's Award in the StartUp category for its development of a biomaterial from agricultural residues.

Laboraufbau mit Reaktionsgefäßen und Schläuchen
With this apparatus, researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum are testing the biobased production of the solvent dimethylfuran on a small scale.

Biobased solvent to be ready for the market

A research project has developed dimethylfuran as a solvent for paints and coatings. Production is now being scaled up.

Holzhaus bPart im Park am Gleisdreieck
Wooden houses like the bPart in Berlin's Park am Gleisdreieck could curb climate change in cities.

Wooden buildings have enormous potential as carbon stores

Multi-story houses made of wood could save more than 100 billion tons of greenhouse gases in cities by 2100, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Orange, Glas mit brauner Flüssigkeit und Proben von Bioverbundwerkstoffen
The OrangeOil project aims to obtain epoxy resin from orange peels for use in biocomposites.

Epoxy resin from orange peel

A German-Turkish collaboration recycles residual materials from the fruit juice industry into epoxy resins.

Meerestrauben, die auf einer Hand liegen
Sea grapes, here from an aquaculture in Vietnam, are rich in antioxidants.

More light makes for better sea grapes

Proper lighting allows edible algae to produce twice as many nutrients.

Samen aus Steinobstkernen, zum Beispiel von Aprikosen, Kirschen und Pflaumen (von links), sind gesunde Kraftpakete und stecken voller Nährstoffe, Mineralien und Vitamine.
Seeds from stone fruits, for example from apricots, cherries and plums (from left), are healthy powerhouses and are full of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

BayWa invests in fruit pit rescuers

BayWa Venture GmbH becomes new strategic partner of Austrian start-up Kern Tec, which processes fruit pits into new food products.

Für die einen Unkraut, für die anderen schöne Sommerblumen: drei Kamillearten.
A weed for some, a beautiful summer flower for others: chamomile.

Plant diversity keeps weeds in check

Growing a variety of crops in the field can prevent unwanted weeds from spreading and reducing yields.

Brücke über einen Kanal
The first bridge made of the flax-based biocomposite material is located in Almere in the Netherlands.

Bridges made from biocomposites

An EU project is testing sustainable structures made of flax fibers and bio-resin. One of the three bridges is to be built in Ulm.

Für die Herstellung des Carotinoids Fucoxanthin mit der Kieselalge Phaeodactylum tricornutum rechnet sich die Algenkultivierung mit künstlicher LED-Beleuchtung.
For the production of the carotenoid fucoxanthin with the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, algae cultivation with artificial LED lighting pays off.

Algae farming pays off for farmers

Cultivating microalgae can be profitable in agriculture. According to researchers, however, it depends on which products are to be produced for which industry.

Fischstäbchen von Bluu Seafood aus Forellenzellen und pflanzenbasierten Proteinen
Bluu Seafood fish sticks made from trout cells and plant-based proteins.

Cell-based fish ready for market

Food tech start-up Bluu Seafood presents fish sticks and fish balls, its first products made directly from cultured fish cells.

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Fluorine atoms can improve many drugs

Biosynthesis for fluorinated drugs

A new process enables the optimization of numerous drugs, including antibiotics, antidepressants and cholesterol-lowering agents.

Roboter mit Pflanzensprössling
Cover of the Green Startup Monitor 2022

Share of green startups remains high

According to the latest Green Startup Monitor, most green startups are in the energy and agriculture sectors.

Echte Kamille
Chamomile, like thyme, is a raw material on which scientists test essential oil production processes.

Refining active plant ingredients

Active ingredients from medicinal plants such as thyme and chamomile can now be used even more effectively thanks to a new process.

Eine Laborantin zeigt Wachs und einen Kolben mit Kohlenwasserstoffen.
In a globally unique recycling plant in Thallwitz near Leipzig, biological waste is converted into hydrocarbons and wax.

More efficiency for fuels from biogas

A new process improves the economic viability of synthetic fuels from biogenic residues.

Grillwurst am Stock
A network of proteins in the animal tissue provides the right crunch to the sausage.

Veggie sausage with 'crunch'

Researchers in Mainz have developed a model that can be used to modify the texture of vegetarian and vegan sausages to produce the right crunch.

Zwei Anzugträger beim Handschlag
Wacker Chemie AG, represented by CEO Christian Hartel (left), and the Technical University of Munich, represented by its president Thomas F. Hofmann (right), have jointly founded an institute for industrial biotechnology.

Wacker and TUM establish Institute for Industrial Biotechnology

The TUM WACKER Institute for Industrial Biotechnology is scheduled to begin operations in the 2022/23 winter semester.

Lavender fields like those in Provence will also soon be found in Baden-Württemberg.

Lavender as a raw material for the bioeconomy

The Swabian Jura could soon become the Provence of southern Germany: Researchers want to grow lavender here for essential oils and textile fibers.

Ice cream is delicious, but also very high in calories.

Ice cream without sugar

Researchers want to replace sugar in ice cream with dietary fiber from food production by-products.

Die Mitglieder im "Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien" verpflichten sich, mehr Verantwortung für Nachhaltigkeit in der eigenen Lieferkette zu übernehmen.
Giving textiles a second life - this is the goal of a new industry partnership of Carbios, of which PUMA is also a member.

Textile recycling with PET-degrading enzymes

France's Carbios joins forces with PUMA and other sporting goods and apparel companies to establish a biotech-based circular economy in the textile industry.

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Göttingen haben ein Verfahren entwickelt, mit dem sich Paneele aus Hanf, Flachs und Popcorngranulat herstellen lassen.
Affordable housing made from environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral building materials: Scientists at the University of Göttingen have developed a process for producing panels from hemp, flax and popcorn granules.

Panels made of popcorn for drywall

The University of Göttingen has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Munich-based start-up Smarter Habitat to produce building materials from popcorn granules.