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Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie
The new German Sustainability Strategy 2021 places the UN's global sustainability goals at the center of action.

Update on the German Sustainability Strategy

The German government has decided on the further development of the German Sustainability Strategy to address new developments such as the European Green Deal and the Corona pandemic, and repeatedly emphasizes the contribution of the bioeconomy.

Der Selstar wir im Alten Land angebaut
Selstar is grown in the traditional fruit-growing region, the Alte Land.

Selenium-rich apple from the 'Old Country'

With "Selstar," researchers at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences have developed an apple with a high selenium content. The fruit could possibly replace food supplements.

Absetzer im Tagebau Hambach im Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier
Model regions of the bioeconomy are to be created where lignite was once mined. (in picture: Hambach open pit mine)

Developing the bioeconomy model region

The further development of the "Bioeconomy Model Region in the Rhineland" is to be supported by comprehensive accompanying research. The experience is also intended to benefit other regions.

Dose mit ligninbasierter Creme
With LignoBase, LignoPure offers a lignin-based powder that can replace fossil ingredients in cosmetics.

LignoPure plans first large-scale lignin production

The Hamburg-based start-up LignoPure was able to secure 2.2 million euros from investors in a first round of financing. With this, the team now wants to start the large-scale production of lignin for cosmetics.

Betonblock, der mithilfe von Bakterien verfestigt worden ist
With the help of bacteria, this concrete has been consolidated and is ready for compressive strength testing.

Concrete care with microorganisms

A research team is optimizing the cultivation of bacteria that secrete lime and can thus patch cracks in structures.

Birch trees have a particularly high content of the sugar xylose, which is the main component of hemicellulose.

New plastic is bio-based and recyclable

A research group has developed a new class of sustainable and functionalizable polymers.

Zwei petrischalen mit verschiedenen Cyanobakterien: Neue Bakterienvarianten (rechts im Bild) produzieren deutlich mehr PHB.
The new variants of cyanobacteria produce significantly more PHB.

Bacteria as bioplastic factories

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have modified the metabolic pathway of special cyanobacteria so that they produce large quantities of the natural bioplastic polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).

Aus Ananasblättern und anderen Agrarresten macht Bio-Lutions innovative und umweltfreundliche Verpackungen
Compostable packaging can be made from the fibers of plant residues - here from pineapples.

Fresh capital for BIO-LUTIONS

Cleantech start-up BIO-LUTIONS has raised a further 2.7 million euros and can now push the expansion of its production of sustainable packaging and disposable products.

Getreidekapuziner Rhyzopertha dominica nach der Behandlung mit Kieselerde
Lesser grain borer Rhyzopertha dominica after treatment with silica.

Protecting grain from insect pests with natural substances

The combination of silica and a parasitic fungus has proven to be an effective long-term protection against insect pests in grain storage.

Straw as a more popular building material is the goal of one of the projects now being funded in the university competition.

Ten more teams win university competition

The projects of the second funding round in the extended Science Year of the Bioeconomy have been determined.

Modepuppen mit verschiedenen Kleidungsstücken von Desiginern bei der Berlin Fashion Week im Kraftwerk in berlin Mitte.
The digital edition of Berlin Fashion Week took place at Kraftwerk in Mitte.

Berlin Fashion Week: Showcase for sustainable fashion

Berlin Fashion Week is focusing more than ever on sustainability by launching several new formats for "green fashion".


Eine Filmkamera vor einer Wand mit dem GFFA-Logo
For the first time, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is held completely digitally.

GFFA: World Food in Times of Pandemic and Climate Change

At the virtual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), experts from all over the world are currently discussing resilient food systems in times of pandemic and climate change.

Biochemiker Peter H. Seeberger in seinem Potsdamer Labor
Biochemist Peter Seebeger has developed a process with which the antimalarial agent artemisinin can be produced quickly, sustainably and cheaply in the laboratory.

Chemistry prize for sustainable drug production

Potsdam biochemist Peter Seeberger has been awarded the International Green Chemistry Prize for the production of a particularly sustainable and cost-effective antimalarial agent.

Sportschuhe auf einer Wiese
This year, Adidas will launch shoes that look like leather shoes, but are made from mushroom mycelium.

Mushroom threads as a leather substitute

In 2021, the sporting goods manufacturer Adidas will launch shoes using a fabric made of mushroom threads instead of leather.

bioö in neuem Look

New design for bioö

The information portal bioö has a new look! Cleaner, more visual and technically up-to-date – our website has been given a new, elegant design.

An verschiedenen Standorten in Europa mit unterschiedlichen klimatischen Bedingungen haben die Forscher im Team von Chris-Carolin Schön alte Maissorten angebaut, um deren genetisches Potenzial zu untersuchen.

Toward better hybrid varieties

Genetic information from seed banks can help better equip today's arable crops for climate change.

Almonds and nuts contaminated with salmonella can cause food infections.

Making almonds and nuts germ-free

It is not only eggs that can contain salmonella – but also almonds. Researchers have now been able to use compressed carbon dioxide to make these pathogenic bacteria harmless.

Silage films in agriculture

Silage films made from biopolymers

A team of researchers at Hof University of Applied Sciences wants to banish conventional plastic silage films from the fields and develop a bio-based alternative with better properties.

This year, the German Sustainability Day took place online. Experts such as Maja Göpel were joined live for discussions.

The pandemic as an opportunity for sustainability

The 13th German Sustainability Day was dominated by the corona crisis. In virtual forums, around 100 experts discussed the opportunities of the pandemic for a sustainable future.

Bioökonomierat erste sitzung
Erste Zusammenkunft des neuen Bioökonomierats: Bundesforschungsministerin Anja Karliczeck begrüßte das 20-köpfige Beratungsgremium per Videokonferenz.

The new Bioeconomy Council

The new Bioeconomy Council has met for the first time. For the next three years, the 20-member body will advise the German government on the implementation of the National Bioeconomy Strategy.