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For the first time, plant researchers have succeeded in using the CRISPR-Cas genome editing tool to breed a new crop from a wild tomato plant within just one generation.


The Technical University Berlin set up a start-up center for innovative ideas for a more sustainable economy. The advisory board includes high-ranking members from research and industry.


Researchers from Mainz have found out why the addition of inulin from dandelion changes the texture of food: The colder the mixture, the more it crystallizes.

Für den Wald ist Stress normal – die Zunahme der Störungen durch den Klimawandel hingegen nicht.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched its first funding measure towards the sustainable use of forest wood. This is part of the "Bioeconomy in the North" initiative.

European Investment Bank at sunset

The European Investment Bank has issued its pioneering Sustainability Awareness Bond, worth €500 million. High-impact water projects are the first to benefit from the funding.


How far has the implementation of the UN sustainability goals come? This and other questions were at the core of a Leibniz Association conference in Berlin in mid-September.


The German biotechnology company AMSilk is partnering with Airbus to develop novel biocomposite fibers for lightweight, high-performance planes that will require less fuel.


For the first time, researchers identified metabolites in above-ground parts of a plant that reveal its symbiosis with mycorrhizal fungi. This will advance targeted breeding endeavors.


Iron is essential for plant growth and harvest yields. Now, researchers in Jena discovered a new iron transporter that significantly improves the productivity of plants.

Das Genome Editing ist ein vielversprechendes Werkzeug für Pflanzenzüchter. Aber die entstehenden Pflanzen sind nicht gentechnisch verändert, sagen Forscher.

Following the EU's decision to classify crops created by genome editing technologies as GMOs, the German Bioeconomy Council urges politicians to modernize genetic engineering laws.

Waldwachskundler aus München fanden heraus, dass Bäume wie Buchen zwar schneller wachsen, dass Holz aber auch leichter ist.

Domestic trees are growing faster and faster, but the wood is also losing weight, according to Munich forest researchers.


An international research team managed to decipher the gigantic and complex wheat genome. The new information is hoped to help in breeding more yield-efficient wheat varities.

Biokohle kann dazu beitragen, Biogas in Erdgasqualität zu produzieren.

Biogas contains too much carbon dioxide compared to natural gas. Researchers have now produced a new type of active carbon from the fermentation residues of the biogas plant, which removes carbon dioxide from the biogas.


An international research team analysed the soil microbiome. Bacteria and fungi are constantly fighting for resources and fungi even produce antibiotics to gain an advantage.

Forscher haben untersucht, wie sich Pestizide auf Blattkäfer auswirken.

Bionic scientists at the University of Kiel have designed silicone material surfaces based on the model of a leaf beetle, thus significantly increasing its adhesion to other materials.


Researchers from Hannover have found a way to make food safer: Cold plasma succeeded in killing bacteria in sausages.

Das klimaschädliche Kohlendioxid könnte bald schon als industrieller Rohstoff Karriere machen.

Munich biotechnologists have developed a highly efficient method to extract large amounts of the amino acid methionine from climate-damaging CO2.

Minderwertige Brustimplantate zu erkennen, ist kaum möglich. Das könnte sich schon bald ändern.

Using DNA snippets from tomatoes, researchers hope to identify breast implants in a way that prevents them from being falsified. This will enable them to track down inferior forgeries more quickly. 


Manufacturing carbon fibres from sustainable resources is expensive – until now. A researcher at TU Dresden develops new and efficient manufacturing processes.

Eine neue Förderinitiative vom europäischen Netzwerk EraSynbio ist nun gestartet. Bioingenieure können sich bis Juli 2014 bewerben.

Molecular biologists from Freiburg have constructed intelligent materials from biological modules that can absorb and process information.

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