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Aufnahme von PLA-Monofilamenten im Rasterelektronenmikroskop: Bild (a) zeigt den Originalzustand. Das Material wurde dann bei einer Temperatur von 70°C zwei Wochen gealtert, bei einer Luftfeuchtigkeit von 65 %, 80 % und 95 %.
Scanning electron microscope image of PLA monofilaments: image (a) shows the original condition. The material was then aged at a temperature of 70°C for two weeks, at humidity levels of 65%, 80% and 95%.

PLA plastics suitable for air filters

Nonwovens made from the bioplastic polylactide can remove virus-laden aerosols from rooms equally well as conventional plastic filters.

Ackerfahrzeug mit Blattgrünsensor
Premosys has developed a sensor that can distinguish undesirable wild weeds from cultivated plants. This allows chemical pesticides to be used in a much more targeted manner.

More precise spraying thanks to sensor technology

A new method detects wild weeds, thereby reducing the need for herbicides in agriculture.

Exüeriment mit jungen Fichten in Glaskästen
This was the experimental setup of CO2 starvation expression on the young spruce trees.

Spruce trees in a starvation experiment

In adverse environmental conditions such as heat or drought, trees put survival processes before growth.

Arabidopsis-Pflanzen mit und ohne Hitzeprägung
Arabidopsis seedlings with imprinting (left) develop much better at moderate temperatures and subsequent heat stress than seedlings with heat stress without imprinting (right).

Molecular memory: Plants' reaction to heat stress

The meristem tissue in the shoot apex, which is important for growth, develops a memory for heat stress in plants that helps them survive. Researchers from Potsdam have observed this.

Kleines Möbelstück aus Gärresteverbundwerkstoff
Small piece of furniture made from a fermentation residue composite material

Furniture made from fermentation residues

Researchers at the German Institute of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf, together with industrial partners, have processed plant fermentation residues from biogas plants into a composite material, which they used to make a piece of furniture.

Flechten auf einem Berggipfel
Lichens are masters of adaptation and can colonize habitats with extreme environmental conditions.

Natural products of lichens are site dependent

The genes carried by the fungi of a lichen differ depending on whether they are found at the base and summit of mountains. This is relevant for drug research.

Polyurethane kommen in vielen alltäglichen Anwendungen aufgrund ihrer hervorragenden Materialeigenschaften vor, BIOMAT hat als Ziel diese nachhaltig herzustellen.
Polyurethanes are found in many everyday applications due to their excellent material properties - BIOMAT aims to produce them sustainably.

Biobased foams from agricultural residues

In the EU project BIOMAT, researchers from eight EU countries, including Germany, are working on sustainable foam and composite materials, more than half of which are made from renewable raw materials.

livMats Pavillon: Außenansicht
The pavilion in Freiburg is the first structure made entirely of flax fiber.

Premiere for pavilion made of flax fibers

Inspired by nature and built with natural fibers: the pavilion in the Botanical Garden of the University of Freiburg shows what sustainable building can look like.

Smart-Spraying-Maschine im Einsatz auf einem Acker.
The Smart Spraying solution enables automated detection of weeds after seed emergence.

Smart farming cooperation clears antitrust hurdles

Bosch and BASF develop Smart Spraying solution to automatically detect and control weeds.

Cremedose mit Blume
With the biopolymer Hydagen Clean, BASF is expanding its portfolio of natural ingredients for cosmetics.

BASF: New biopolymers for skin care products

BASF has developed a new biopolymer from the konjac plant tuber to replace synthetic ingredients in cosmetic products.

Elastinbasierte Proteinschwämme imitieren die Eigenschaften der Haut und sind durch ihr hohes Quellvermögen sehr gut für die Behandlung tiefer Wunden geeignet.
Elastin-based protein sponges mimic the properties of skin and are very well suited for the treatment of deep wounds due to their high swelling capacity.

Biobased wound dressing awarded a prize

A Fraunhofer IMWS research team has been awarded the Halle IQ Innovation Prize for the development of a wound dressing made of natural elastin.

Zerkleinerte Teppichabfälle, die anschließend gereinigt und mit ionischem Liquid versetzt werden.
Shredded carpet waste, which is then cleaned and mixed with ionic liquid.

Recycling raw materials from carpet waste

By using a novel solvent, the petroleum-based raw material polypropylene could be recovered from carpet waste for the first time - and in the highest quality.

Gewinner und Sponsoren der vierten Auflage von PlanB
This year's PlanB award winners celebrated with their respective award sponsors.

Darmstadt-based textile start-up scores in PlanB start-up competition

With a functional fiber made from green waste, the young company nakt convinced the jury at the Bavarian PlanB competition for bio-based business ideas.

Dritte Ausgabe des Online-Talk Karliczek.Impulse
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek discussed with Jürgen Eck (Bioeconomy Council), Bettina Siebers (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Karl-Erich Jaeger (Forschungszentrum Jülich). The moderator was Andrea Thilo (right).

With biotechnology to sustainable innovations

In its latest edition, the talk format "Karliczek.Impulse" devoted its latest edition to the smallest players in biotechnology - microorganisms and enzymes - and their important role for a sustainable circular economy.

digitale Vermessung eines Experimentierfeldes, 2D-Ableitung der Laserscanner-Punktewolke des Felds.
The digitization of the experimental field includes different measurement equipment. Here the 2D derivation of the laser scanner point cloud of the field.

With digital sensors to healthier plants

The "FarmerSpace" project tests and compares new agricultural technologies to combat weeds and plant diseases.

Full speed ahead for the bioeconomy - that's the motto again this year for the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft.

Bioeconomy ship on tour again

The ‘MS Wissenschaft’ with the bioeconomy exhibition is on the road again. This year, the tour takes in 30 cities in Germany's north and west and also makes a stop in Austria.

Schloss Bellevue
For the sixth time, the Week of the Environment takes place in the park of Bellevue Palace in Berlin.

Much bioeconomy at the Week of the Environment

On June 10 and 11, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) will be inviting visitors to the Week of the Environment. The motto of the digital event is "This is how the future works!" and the bioeconomy is therefore represented several times.

Grass is one of the possible raw materials of biorefineries.

How bio-based products are transforming the economy

The "Biofabrik" conference presented biobased products and bioeconomic production processes from biotechnology to biorefinery.

Illustration von Zellfleisch
The illustration shows what cell-based meat could look like in the future.

Research alliance for cell-based meat

The chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck wants to develop industrial-grade bioreactors with the TU Darmstadt and Tufts University.

Sie sind hauchdünn aber ultrastark: die Biostell-Fasern von AMSilk aus biotechnologisch hergestellten Spinnenseiden-Proteinen.
They are wafer-thin but ultra-strong: AMSilk's Biosteel fibers made from biotechnologically produced spider silk proteins.

Biotech silk pioneer AMSilk expands market presence

In a financing round, the Bavarian biotech company AMSilk has raised new capital and is now looking to penetrate new lines of business worldwide.