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Processing wood in biogas plants has long been problematic. That could soon change.

Poplar wood for the biogas plant

Researchers have developed an innovative process that enables the use of chips from poplar wood for biomethane and peat substitution.

Mikroskopische Aufnahme des Bakteriums Vibrio natriegens
The marine bacterium Vibrio natriegens could soon be an important organism for biotechnology.

Marine microbe as cell factory

A research team is developing a biotechnological process to produce succinic acid based on the bacterium Vibrio natriegens.

Spühlmittel beim Abwasch
Biosurfactants are designed to enable sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning and care products.

Estimating the environmental impact of new bio-products

A combined method of simulation and experiment predicts the ecotoxicity of bioeconomy products.

Schwarze Soldatenfliege
Since 2019, a research team at FBN has been exploring the black soldier fly as an alternative high-quality protein source.

Optimal feeding black soldier flies

A research team is investigating which residues are used as food to turn fly larvae into particularly valuable protein feed.

European bioeconomy fund raises 300 million euros

Initially targeting the EUR 250 million mark, the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) has come out of fundraising oversubscribed thanks to newly acquired investors.

Monitoring reveals how sustainable Germany's bioeconomy is

Bioeconomy monitoring enters next phase

How sustainable is the bioeconomy in Germany? The monitoring consortium SYMOBIO 2.0, which has now been launched, screens relevant data, analyzes and evaluates it.

Spargel in Papierhülle
Asparagus peels usually end up in the trash. But they could soon be a basic material for bioplastics.

Using asparagus peels for bioplastics

With a view to a circular bioeconomy, researchers at IfBB are investigating whether asparagus peels are suitable as fillers for biocomposites.

Gebäude von c-Lecta in Leipzig
The c-LEcta GmbH specializes in enzymes.

Irish Kerry Group acquires enzyme specialist c-LEcta

A big hit in the German biotechnology sector: The Leipzig-based enzyme manufacturer c-LEcta is acquired by the Irish group Kerry for 137 million euros.

Spühlmittel beim Abwasch
Evonik strengthens market presence in biosurfactant production.

Evonik expands biosurfactant production

The Essen-based specialty chemicals group wants to completely ban petroleum-based ingredients from its laundry and cleaning products by 2030 and replace them with biodegradable raw materials instead.

veganer Käse
The start-up Formo is currently working on animal-free production of fresh cheeses such as mozzarella or ricotta.

BRAIN: Alliance with producers of vegan cheese

The Zwingenberg-based biotechnology company BRAIN is cooperating with the Berlin-based food tech start-up Formo to advance the fermentative production of animal-free milk proteins.

Spinnennetz mit Tautropfen
Researchers have optimized the natural product spider silk to make it even more suitable for medical applications.

Spider silk further developed for medical purposes

Fibers with two differently functionalized sides are intended to heal damaged nerve and muscle strands more quickly.

Straßenansicht des Brain-Sitzes in Zwingenberg
The Zwingenberg-based BRAIN Group acquires a 62% stake in the Dutch company Breatec.

Brain Biotech acquires Breatec and Comix

The Dutch specialist for functional food ingredients is to expand the enzyme portfolio of the German biotechnology group.

Holzstapel auf Wiese vorm Wald
Wood is one of the most important resources of the bioeconomy.

Alliances sought for wood bioeconomy

A new call for proposals has been launched as part of the "Bioeconomy in the North" funding initiative. It calls for collaborations that research and develop new wood-based biorefinery concepts and products.

Die Libanonzeder gilt als Alternativbaumart für den Anbau im Klimawandel. Dr. Muhidin Šeho vom Bayerischen Amt für Waldgenetik, Koordinator im Forschungsprojekt „CorCed“, mit einer Baumscheibe der Libanonzeder.
The Lebanon cedar is considered an alternative tree species for climate-resistant cultivation. In the photo: Dr. Muhidin Šeho from the Bavarian State Office of Forest Genetics with a tree slice of Lebanon cedar.

Stronger forests through exotic trees

Researchers have identified drought-tolerant tree species that could better protect native forests from the effects of climate change.

Aufwuchskörper in der Aquakultur - der Schlüssel zu einer biologischen Wasserreinigung.
Growing bodies in aquaculture - the key to biological water purification

Ridding aquacultures of microplastics

A research team at Hof University of Applied Sciences is developing a fully biodegradable growth body for aquaponics to make water treatment more sustainable.

Kickoff-Event GFFA 2022
Due to the pandemic, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture will also be held completely digitally in 2022.

GFFA 2022: Focus on soil and land use

Agricultural and food policy experts will discuss how soils can be better protected and used more sustainably at the 14th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) this week.

Die einzellige Amöbe Dictyostelium discoideum kann sich zu einem vielzelligen Verband zusammenschließen und Fruchtkörper ausbilden, die Sporen produzieren.
The unicellular amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum can form a multicellular association and produce fruiting bodies that produce spores.

Amoebae as biofactories for natural substances

Leibniz researchers from Jena have succeeded in producing the natural substance olivetolic acid - a precursor of the cannabis active ingredient THC - in amoebae.

Katjes Werk in Potsdam
Confectionery manufacturer Katjes has been pursuing a "veggie strategy" for years.

Katjes invests in UNMILK

Through its investment platform Katjes Greenfood, the confectionery manufacturer will support the start-up UNMILK, which offers milk alternatives made from oat and pea proteins.

Pilotanlage in Dänemark
The process for producing climate-neutral methane has already been tested at this pilot plant in Denmark.

Electrochaea raises 36 million euros

Using microbial electrochemical cells, the young company produces climate-neutral methane from CO2 and green hydrogen.

Die Gründer Jonas Heuer, Max Webers, Philipp Arbter und Tyll Utesch.
COLIPI founders Jonas Heuer, Max Webers, Philipp Arbter and Tyll Utesch.

Yeast replaces palm oil

Hamburg-based start-up COLIPI gets support from the EXIST funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protectionfor the development of a climate-friendly palm oil alternative.