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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.


Bäumkronen im Wald
Satellites already provide large-scale and detailed images of the condition of forests.

New remote sensing network for forests

Making satellite data on the forest ecosystem available quickly and seamlessly is the goal of the newly established Copernicus Network Office "Wald" ("Forest").

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.