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Forscher haben das Gen identifiziert, das in Apfelbäumen steuert, wann sich die Blüten entwickeln.
Researchers have identified the gene that controls when flowers develop in apple trees.

Making apple trees fit for climate change

Researchers have identified a gene that plants use to control bud dormancy. This could help prevent frost damage to the flower in the future.

The BioEconomy HUB aims to support bioeconomy companies through access to pilot plants and established infrastructures, services and networks.

BioEconomy HUB: Sugar instead of oil

Green chemistry instead of coal and oil: With the construction of the BioEconomy HUB in Leuna, Central Germany wants to promote bioeconomic business ideas and shape structural change in the region.

Monoculture or diversity on the field: agriculture must be made fit for the future.

The future of agriculture in focus

How can agriculture become sustainable? The Federal Cabinet has appointed a commission of experts to find solutions. An interim report should be available in autumn.

So sieht der EU-Pflanzenpassaufkleber aus.
This is what the EU plant passport sticker looks like.

Health passport for plants

A label ensures the traceability of plants, plant parts and seeds within the European Union.

Scientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) around Marc Nowaczyk and Volker Hartmann and from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa around Noam Adir have now closed this so-called green gap.

New biosolar cell closes green gap

By combining a photosynthetic protein complex with a light-collecting protein from cyanobacteria, researchers have succeeded for the first time in converting the green part of light into energy.

In the forest of the future, large, old trees could be a rarity.

Forests of the future: Small trees at an advantage

Climate change has consequences for the future of forests: According to an international study involving Munich researchers, large trees in particular are falling behind.

With digitalization, more and more data is being produced.

Knowledge storage for bioeconomy research

Among the first consortia for the establishment of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NDFI) are also three large associations that are important for bioeconomy research.

Im Modell: Blaues Licht setzt in einem Enzym auf neuartige Weise eine Monooxygenase-Reaktion in Gang. Dieser Aktivierungsprozess war bei Enzymen bisher unbekannt.
In the model: Blue light triggers a monooxygenase reaction in an enzyme in a novel way. This activation process was so far unknown in enzymes.

Blue light activates new enzyme reaction

Biotechnologists from Münster have discovered an enzyme whose oxygen-transferring activity can be switched on by light.

The cultivation of cattail is a climate-friendly alternative to the agricultural and forestry use of moor soils.

Bioeconomy project nominated for EU prize

The German-Dutch project "Bioeconomy-Green Chemistry” of the Ems-Dollart-Region is among the nominees for the European REGIOSTARS Award 2020.


Vanilleschoten beim Trocknen
The flavoring vanillin can also be extracted directly from vanilla beans.

Vanilla aroma from lignin

Through electrolysis, chemists in Mainz have succeeded in producing high-quality vanillin from lignin.


Jasmonsäure bewirkt, dass beschädigte Blätter von Pflanzen für Fraßfeinde unbekömmlich werden.
Jasmonic acid causes damaged leaves of plants to become indigestible to predators.

Bioprocess developed for plant hormone

The plant hormone jasmonic acid is widely used, but the chemical synthesis of the precursor 12-OPDA is expensive. Researchers have now biotechnologically imitated the production process.

So sieht die räumliche Struktur des Enzyms AmbDH3 aus.
This is the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme AmbDH3.

Biocatalyst for new drugs

Researchers from Bayreuth have discovered an enzyme with which important components of complex biologically active connections can be produced precisely.

The mouth and nose protection masks made of bacterial cellulose can be disposed of in orga

Face mask made of bacterial cellulose

Two designers from the USA have used bacteria to produce a mouth and nose protection mask that filters air particles and is also biodegradable.

Können artenreiche Wiesen zugleich Weidegründe sein? Auch das soll die Forschungsinitiative klären.
Can species-rich meadows also be grazing grounds? The research initiative aims to clarify this too.

More research to protect biodiversity

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing 25 million euros to advance projects for the conservation of biodiversity.

An der Modellpflanze Ackerschmalwand haben Forscher mithilfe des Enzyms Cas9 erstmals Chromosomen neu zusammengesetzt.
in the genome of the model plant Arabidopsis, researchers have exchanged chromosomal fragments for the first time using the scissor enzyme Cas9.

Genetic scissors convert chromosomes

Genome editing at a higher level: Plant researchers from Karlsruhe and Gatersleben have used the molecular scissors CRISPR-Cas9 for the first time to exchange chromosome arms.

Rose root contains the important natural substance ferulic acid.

Natural plant substance from microbes

Ferulic acid is a promising natural substance. Researchers have now found a way to produce this active ingredient using bacteria.

Mit diesem Scale-Down-Miniplant wird am Fraunhofer ISE die Methanolsynthese erforscht.
This scale-down mini-plant is used to research methanol synthesis at Fraunhofer ISE.

Advancing green methanol synthesis

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a miniaturized plant to study the processes involved in the production of methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Genome Editing-Verfahren wurden vom EuGH als Gentechnik eingestuft
Only about 15 percent of Germans are in favor of green genetic engineering in agriculture - according to the TechnikRadar 2020.

What Germans think about bioeconomy

The majority of Germans are in favor of sustainable economic activity, but still have difficulty making sacrifices. This is shown by the latest TechnikRadar conducted by acatech and the Körber Stiftung.

Plants draw water from the roots. But their suction power is limited.

Lipids limit the plants' suction power

A team of researchers is the first to provide an explanation why plants cannot absorb an unlimited amount of water through their roots.

Zuse-Cluster Bioökonomie
With the establishment of the Bioeconomy Cluster, the Zuse Community wants to better network 15 of its research institutions and create biobased solutions for many areas.

Zuse-Institutes establish Bioeconomy Cluster

In a new bioeconomy cluster, 15 institutes of the Zuse-Gemeinschaft are combining their activities in order to promote industrial research for a biobased economy.