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Illustration zum neuen FoodCampus Berlin
View of the future Food Campus Berlin from the bank of the Teltow Canal

Think tank for sustainable food innovations

Artprojekt GmbH wants to establish a place of innovation for the future of European food production in Berlin: Construction of the Food Campus Berlin is scheduled to begin in spring 2022.

Martina Brockmeier (links); Barbara Sturm (rechts)
Martina Brockmeier and Barbara Sturm (l.t.r.)

Two agricultural experts elected to head the Leibniz Association

Two bioeconomy experts will head the Leibniz Association in the future: Martina Brockmeier, an agricultural economist from Hohenheim, was elected as the new president and Barbara Sturm, an agricultural engineer from Potsdam, was elected vice-president.

Vincenzo De Rocchis, Wilhelm Gossing und Martin Kern
The team of Kykeon Biotech with Vincenzo De Rocchis, Wilhelm Gossing and Martin Kern has won the audience award at the pitch of the start-up service of the Brandenburg TU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Cell-free protein production convinces at pitch

The Kykeon Biotech team wins the audience award of the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Ein Taucher nimmt Proben aus einer Seegraswiese.
A researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology takes samples in seagrass beds in the Mediterranean Sea. The measuring device determines the oxygen content in the seafloor.

Symbiont supplies seagrass with nitrogen

Seagrass is an important store of carbon dioxide. A bacterium enables the plant to thrive.

Ein Forscher entnimmt einer Maschine ein Elastomer.
Elastomer production in the research laboratory: At Fraunhofer LBF, new formulations for sustainable, alternative materials are developed and tested for their suitability for use.

Sustainable raw materials for elastomers

From base monomers to additives, the important plastics group is to become more bio- and residue-based.

Entfrachtungsstrecke bei STENA Recycling in Baumholder
The problems involved in recycling today's refrigerators and freezers became apparent on the de-fibering line at STENA Recycling in Baumholder.

Optimizing cooling appliances for recycling

A large-scale trial identifies key design elements for successful recycling of refrigerators and freezers.

Ein Forscher bedient ein Sequenziergerät.
This sequencer at the DSMZ generates large amounts of microbiological data. In the future, this data management is to become more standardized nationwide.

Large-scale inventory of microbial knowledge launched

The National Research Data Infrastructure for Microbiota Research has begun to create better data management nationwide.

Die Sonnenblume ist äußerst anfällig gegen Krankheiten. Forscher wollen das ändern.
The sunflower's appearance reveals nothing about its root system: the fine roots are more like those of pine trees, a study shows.

Role of fine roots in plant growth recognized

The plant's appearance reveals nothing about its roots, according to a study. More attention should be paid to the characteristics of fine roots in future development forecasts.

biologisch Abbaubare Kunststofffolie aus Agrarresten
The biofilm developed by traceless materials biodegrades within two to four weeks.

EU funding for traceless materials

The Hamburg-based start-up traceless materials was able to secure a multi-million euro grant from the European Innovation Council (EIC) for the further development of a process with which compostable biomaterials can be produced from agricultural residues.

Some fish have developed a unique filtering mechanism to screen out microplastics.

Fish gills as inspiration for microplastic filter

Inspired by fish gills, researchers want to develop a sustainable filter that screens microplastics from washing machines.

Chemresilienz Teamleitung Prof. Peter H. Seeberger und Dr. Matthew Plutschack (v.l.n.r.)
Chemresilienz Team Leader Prof. Peter H. Seeberger and Dr. Matthew Plutschack (l.t.r.)

Research factories for sustainable chemistry

A team led by Potsdam biochemist Peter Seeberger has succeeded in obtaining BMBF funding for the establishment of two large-scale research centers for the reorientation of chemical production in central Germany.

Blick von oben auf das neue Phytotechnikum auf dem campus der Uni Hohenheim
The first part of the new high-tech research greenhouse Phytotechnikum is located in the west of the University of Hohenheim campus.

Phytotechnikum: High-tech research in a glass greenhouse

The first high-tech greenhouse of the new Phytotechnikum was officially opened on the campus of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart.

Teilweise abgebaute Folie im Ackerboden
These are the remnants of PBSA film degraded over 240 days under conventional agriculture and the climate of 2070.

Bioplastic remains readily degradable despite climate change

Microbial decomposition of biodegradable PBSA films works well under climate change conditions. However, the plastic can endanger field yields.

v.l.n.r.: Richard Hurding (CEO, Zelfo Technology GmbH) und Eduardo Gordillo (Founder & CEO, BIO-LUTIONS Int. AG)
From left: Richard Hurding (CEO, Zelfo Technology GmbH) and Eduardo Gordillo (Founder & CEO, BIO-LUTIONS Int. AG).

Innovation award for fibers from agricultural residues

CleanTech start-up BIO-LUTIONS and Zelfo Technology have been awarded the Brandenburg Innovation Prize for developing a process for producing natural fibers.

Die Solarmodule schützen die Apfelbäume u.a. vor zu starker Sonneneinstrahlung und Extremwetter.
The solar panels protect the apple trees from excessive sunlight and extreme weather, for example.

Apple trees under solar panels

An agri-photovoltaic system was set up on an organic fruit farm in Gelsdorf, Rhineland-Palatinate, to explore its potential for fruit cultivation.

Symbolbild- Einsatz digitaler technik in der Landwirtschaft
The ArtIFARM alliance researches digital solutions for resource-efficient and sustainable agriculture.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania counts on high-tech in agriculture

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is once again promoting structural change in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and providing millions for research into artificial intelligence in agriculture.

Some parts in the engine compartment of vehicles could soon be made of bioplastics.

Durable bioplastics for the automotive industry

Researchers at the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (IfBB) at Hannover University of Applied Sciences want to develop bioplastics for the automotive industry that can withstand high temperatures and stresses.

Lastwagen mit Anlagentechnik zur Saatgutbehandlung der E-VITA GmbH
E-VITA® plant technology for efficient on-site seed treatment

Carefully disinfecting seeds with electrons

Ceravis AG and Fraunhofer FEP have founded a new company, E-Vita GmbH, to establish the Dresden researchers' innovative seed treatment method on the market.

800,000 tons of chocolate and chocolate products were produced in Germany in 2019.

Cocoa-free chocolate from microbial production

The Munich-based cleantech start-up NxFoods wants to use biotechnological processes to bring a chocolate to market that does not contain cocoa but is produced in a climate-friendly and fair way.

Growing herbs in an indoor farm

New merger in the green farming sector

The U.S. company Kalera acquires shares worth millions in the Munich-based indoor farming specialist &ever to further expand its global market position in the vertical farming sector.