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Echte Kamille
Chamomile, like thyme, is a raw material on which scientists test essential oil production processes.

Refining active plant ingredients

Active ingredients from medicinal plants such as thyme and chamomile can now be used even more effectively thanks to a new process.

Eine Laborantin zeigt Wachs und einen Kolben mit Kohlenwasserstoffen.
In a globally unique recycling plant in Thallwitz near Leipzig, biological waste is converted into hydrocarbons and wax.

More efficiency for fuels from biogas

A new process improves the economic viability of synthetic fuels from biogenic residues.

Grillwurst am Stock
A network of proteins in the animal tissue provides the right crunch to the sausage.

Veggie sausage with 'crunch'

Researchers in Mainz have developed a model that can be used to modify the texture of vegetarian and vegan sausages to produce the right crunch.

Zwei Anzugträger beim Handschlag
Wacker Chemie AG, represented by CEO Christian Hartel (left), and the Technical University of Munich, represented by its president Thomas F. Hofmann (right), have jointly founded an institute for industrial biotechnology.

Wacker and TUM establish Institute for Industrial Biotechnology

The TUM WACKER Institute for Industrial Biotechnology is scheduled to begin operations in the 2022/23 winter semester.

Lavender fields like those in Provence will also soon be found in Baden-Württemberg.

Lavender as a raw material for the bioeconomy

The Swabian Jura could soon become the Provence of southern Germany: Researchers want to grow lavender here for essential oils and textile fibers.

Ice cream is delicious, but also very high in calories.

Ice cream without sugar

Researchers want to replace sugar in ice cream with dietary fiber from food production by-products.

Die Mitglieder im "Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien" verpflichten sich, mehr Verantwortung für Nachhaltigkeit in der eigenen Lieferkette zu übernehmen.
Giving textiles a second life - this is the goal of a new industry partnership of Carbios, of which PUMA is also a member.

Textile recycling with PET-degrading enzymes

France's Carbios joins forces with PUMA and other sporting goods and apparel companies to establish a biotech-based circular economy in the textile industry.

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Göttingen haben ein Verfahren entwickelt, mit dem sich Paneele aus Hanf, Flachs und Popcorngranulat herstellen lassen.
Affordable housing made from environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral building materials: Scientists at the University of Göttingen have developed a process for producing panels from hemp, flax and popcorn granules.

Panels made of popcorn for drywall

The University of Göttingen has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Munich-based start-up Smarter Habitat to produce building materials from popcorn granules.

BASF's newly developed cosmetic active ingredients are based on a bacterium that is part of the skin's natural microflora.

BASF: Skin care with bacteria

BASF Care Creations has developed two new cosmetic active ingredients based on probiotics.

Brewing beer produces many valuable residues that can also be used as raw materials for new food products.

Mushroom mycelium from brewery remains

Mushlabs and Bitburger are expanding their partnership: The biotechnology start-up will use brewery residues as raw materials to feed the fungal mycelia, which in turn will be used to produce new foods.

Researchers want to use residues from corn production to produce a new type of oil that is suitable for food production.

Microbial oil as a palm oil substitute

Using corn straw and the blight fungus Ustilago maydis, researchers want to create an oil that can replace palm oil.

Weißes Pedelec mit Akkugehäuse aus Organoblechen
The Pedelec's battery has a housing made of flat-fiber-based organic sheet, which is lighter and more robust than conventional battery housings.

Biobased lightweight construction for Pedelecs

Natural fiber-based organic sheets are expected to make the housings of e-bike batteries lighter.

Der endlose Zyklus der Jahreszeiten
The endless cycle of the seasons

Ecosystems become thirstier

The water dependence of plants and ecosystems as a result of climate change will increase significantly in some regions, according to a new study.

Luftaufnahme des LIKAT mit dem neuen Technikum in rot
The new technical center (left, red facade) at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (next to it on the right) fits into the Südstadt science campus in Rostock.

Technical center brings catalysis research closer to practice

The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) in Rostock has opened a new facility to perform laboratory chemistry in the kilo range.

Asparagus peels could become a raw material for biocomposites.

Flooring from asparagus peels

A research team from Hanover is developing a wood-plastic composite that will contribute to the circular economy.

Zwei Forscher stehen zwischen biotechnologischen Versuchsaufbauten.
Research in the field of biotechnology has been conducted at the Wacker Consortium in Munich since the 1980s. By building the Biotechnology Center, the company is expanding its research capacity in this area.

Wacker builds biotechnology center in Munich

The Wacker chemical group is building a new Biotechnology Center in Munich for a double-digit million sum by 2024.

verschiedene in Folie verpackte Lebensmittel
The biomaterial developed by traceless consists of agricultural residues and is completely biodegradable.

Start-up Traceless Materials nominated for German Founder Award

The finalists for the German Founder Award 2022 have been determined: Among the nominees is the Hamburg-based bioeconomy startup Traceless Materials with its biomaterial made from agricultural residues.

Nahaufnahme von Mistelbeeren, die klebrigen Samen beinhalten
Close up of mistletoe berries containing sticky seeds

Super glue from mistletoe berries

They are white, round and extremely sticky: the fruits of the white berry mistletoe. In the search for a bioadhesive, they have now become the focus of scientific attention.

A pilot plant in Bavaria is to produce hydrogen from biogas from 2025.

Generate hydrogen from biogas

A pilot plant for the production of hydrogen from biogas is being built in Bavaria as part of an EU project. The project is being funded with nearly 10 million euros.

Sate-Spieße aus Kulturfleisch
With TiNDLE, the start-up Gen Next Foods now wants to conquer vegan cuisine in Germany.

Chicken substitute from soy for restaurants

A soy-based meat alternative developed by the start-up Next Gen Foods has now reached restaurants in Germany.