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Pflanzenbasierte Alternativen zu Fleisch und Milchprodukten sind bei Flexitariern besonders gefragt.
Plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products are particularly popular with flexitarians.

Views on plant-based substitute products

Hohenheim researchers are investigating the acceptance of plant-based alternatives to milk and meat as part of an EU project.

In der dritten Ausgabe 2020 des TechnikRadar liegt der Schwerpunkt auf dem Thema „Bioökonomie“.
GBS 2020

1,800+ experts will join the Global Bioeconomy Summit

More than 1,800 attendees already registered for the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020. The conference takes place virtually from November 16 to 20. 

Plastic particles can now be found everywhere - even in the sea.

Scenarios for microbial plastic recycling

Researchers have formulated six principles for getting plastics back into the cycle - because progress in microbial recycling is currently only being made with PET.

Spruces died by the bark beetle in the Bavarian Forest National Park.

Europe's canopies are thinning

Using satellite images, researchers have identified gaps in the canopies of European forests and visualized the changes in their condition on a map.

In its impulse paper "Bio-IT Innovations", the high-tech forum underlines the need for political and social action in the field of Bio-IT.

Incorporating Bio-IT in the high-tech strategy

An analysis of the High-Tech Forum on Bio-IT shows the potential of innovations - also for the bio-economy. The panel advises to put the topic on the political agenda.

Parzellengenau wurden die Gärreste mit dem Versuchs-Schleppschlauch-Güllefass des TFZ vor der Silomaissaat ausgebracht.
New approaches to the production and use of agricultural biomass are the focus of the new model farm in Brandenburg.

A bioeconomy model farm for Brandenburg

Over the next six years, the state of Brandenburg will provide 25 million euros to support the establishment of a model farm for biobased recycling management at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam.

Since 2017, Emmanuelle Charpentier is heading the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens.

With gene scissors to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The discoverers of the CRISPR-Cas gene scissors receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020. The tool for genetic modification has revolutionized biomedicine and breeding research.

Die Firma Prolupin gewinnt Proteine aus Lupinen und gehört zu den ersten Unternehmen, in die der ECBF investiert.
The company Prolupin extracts proteins from lupins and is one of the first companies in which the ECBF is investing.

European Bioeconomy Fund makes investments

The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) has raised 82 million euros and has already invested in two companies

From July 2021, plastic drinking straws may no longer be produced.

Bundestag votes for ban on single-use plastics

The end for plastic drinking straws and similar products is approaching: the Bundestag has approved the bill to ban disposable plastic products, including bioplastics.

Milchzucker stellt die Firma Jennewein Biotechnologie im industriellen Maßstab her
Jennewein is specialized in the production of biotechnologically produced milk sugar for baby food.

Danish concern Chr. Hansen buys Jennewein

Surprise in the German biotechnology industry: For 310 million euros the Danish group Chr. Hansen takes over Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH, which specializes in human lactose.

Mushlabs wants to produce vegan burgers and sausages from the thread-like root network of mushrooms.

Sausage and burgers made of mushroom mycelium

The Berlin start-up Mushlabs uses mycelia to produce meat substitutes. The team has now raised €8.7 million for further development.

Die Schmetterlingsart Battus philenor ist vor allem in Nordamerika verbreitet, wo sie an der Bestäubung von Wildpflanzen beteiligt ist.
The butterfly species Battus philenor is especially common in North America, where it is involved in the pollination of wild plants.

Agriculture harms wild plants

Studies of the reproductive success of 1,200 plant species show how pollinator performance is influenced by agriculture and urbanization.

Wheat is one of the most important crops.

The environment shapes the protein content in wheat

Do modern wheat varieties have more immunoreactive protein and thus promote coeliac disease? A study shows: The gluten content is the same for new and old varieties, but can increase due to environmental factors.

Santalol can be an alternative to sandalwood oil due to its woody odor profile. Copyright: BASF

Corn-based sandalwood scent

With Santalol, BASF and the flavor manufacturer Isobionics are launching a product that can replace sandalwood oil in cosmetic products. The fragrance is derived from corn starch.

Viele bioaktive Substanzen entstammen natürlichen Quellen – so wie das Antibiotikum Erogorgiaene von der Hornkoralle Antillogorgia elisabethae gebildet wird.
Many bioactive substances originate from natural sources - just as the antibiotic Erogorgiaene is produced by the horn coral Antillogorgia elisabethae. Quelle: TU München

Coral antibiotic from the cell factory

Biotechnologists at the TU Munich have succeeded in producing an antibiotic agent from horn corals using bacteria.

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Producing and designing bioplastics yourself

In the Wissenschaftsjahr (Year of Science) competition "Mein(e) Plastik ist bio" ("My plastic is organic"), interested parties produce bio-based plastics themselves using simple means and bring them into shape.

Die Mikroskopaufnahme zeigt die Grünalge Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (grün) und den Pilz Aspergillus nidulans (fadenförmig), der diese vor dem Antibiotikum des Bakteriums Streptomyces iranensis schützt.
The microscope image shows the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (green) and the fungus Aspergillus nidulans (filamentous), which protects them from the antibiotic of the bacterium Streptomyces iranensis.

Fungus protects algae from bacteria

Researchers observe an unusual alliance of purpose between green algae and molds.

Plant protection products do not only attack pests. They also contaminate soil and water.

Bacteria break down herbicides

Microbiologists from Braunschweig can for the first time prove which bacteria are involved in the decomposition of herbicides in so-called mini sewage treatment plants.

Beer is often called "liquid gold". But the brewing residues are also valuable.

Extract nutrients from spent grain

Researchers from Freiberg are developing a process to filter proteins or probiotics from brewing residues and make them usable for the food industry.

Das neue Bewertungstool ist einfach zu bedienen und prüft Verpackungen auf ihre Recyclingfähigkeit.
The new evaluation tool is easy to use and checks packaging for recyclability.

Software evaluates packaging recycling

Whether plastic, paper or tinplate - a program from Henkel determines how easily materials can be recycled.