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Grass clippings could become an important biomass source for the chemical industry.
Grass clippings could become an important biomass source for the chemical industry.

Establishing grass as a raw material source

Partners from research and industry hope to use green waste as a source of raw materials for biorefineries in order to produce basic chemicals as well as electrodes.

Topics such as sustainability and climate protection are becoming increasingly important in Corona times.
Topics such as sustainability and climate protection are becoming increasingly important in Corona times.

The pandemic as an opportunity for the bioeconomy

More than a quarter of all German citizens are convinced that the corona pandemic can lead to a change in people's thinking towards more sustainability and climate protection.

Waste from sawmills is suitable for the production of biofuels - if you know the right enzymes and their requirements.
Waste from sawmills is suitable for the production of biofuels - if you know the right enzymes and their requirements.

Omnivores for plant residues

Researchers are developing an enzymatic process to make fivefold sugar available to produce biofuels.

The HypoWave process is particularly suitable for growing vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and lettuce.

Growing vegetables with recycled wastewater

A new irrigation concept for vegetable cultivation could set a precedent: In the Hypowave project, treated water from a sewage treatment plant was used for growing lettuce in the greenhouse.

The soft valve of the bicycle bottle "Bike Bottle Organic" was realized with a bio-based thermoplastic elastomer from Hexpol TPE.
The soft valve of the bicycle bottle "Bike Bottle Organic" was realized with a bio-based thermoplastic elastomer from Hexpol TPE.

Drinking valve made of bioplastics

The custom-made product for a bicycle drinking bottle combines functional properties and enables use in a bio-based recycling economy.

Three-spined sticklebacks

Eyes on epigenetic inheritance

Epigenetic processes have less influence on the rapid adaptation of organisms to environmental changes than previously assumed. This is the result of a study led by researchers from Kiel.

D-Phenylglycin ist ein wichtiger Baustein für eine große Gruppe von Antibiotika.
D-phenylglycine is an important building block for a large group of antibiotics.

Amino acid produced biotechnologically

Leibniz researchers have developed a sustainable alternative to the petrochemical process to produce an important basic drug substance.

Sentinel-3A satellite in orbit

Satellites track algal blooms

A new algorithm allows the identification of phytoplankton species in the ocean based on satellite data and predicts the growth of toxic algal blooms.

Am Unternehmenssitz in Zörbig stellt die Verbio AG Bioethanol zur Beimischung in Benzin her. Nun wird auch Desinfektionsmittel produziert.
Verbio AG produces bioethanol for blending into petrol at its headquarters in Zörbig. Now the company also produces disinfectants.

Corona: Bioethanol for disinfectants

In the corona crisis, disinfectants are a scarce commodity. German bioethanol producers are changing their policy and now produce alcohol for hygiene products rather than petrol.

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This is one of the laser PCR systems from GNA Biosolutions. Mobile test devices are produced for the rapid test for SARS-CoV-2.

How the rapid Corona PCR Test works

The Martinsried-based company GNA Biosolutions plans to launch an ultra-fast corona test based on its laser PCR. The BMBF has funded the development of the method.

Selbst an raue oder stark strukturierte Oberflächen legt sich seine flexible Hülle so passgenau an, dass sich das Silikonkissen auch bei starkem Druck nicht verschieben lässt.
The flexible cover conforms to even rough surfaces so that the silicone pad cannot be moved, even under heavy pressure.

Firm grip, grasshopper style

Following the example of grasshopper feet, bionics researchers from Kiel have created an adaptive frictional system that adheres even to rough and uneven surfaces.

Forscher untersuchen, unter welchen Bedingungen Erbsen Soja als Futtermittel ersetzen können.
Researchers are investigating the conditions under which peas can replace soya as animal feed.

Replacing soya with toasted peas

Animal feed must be high in protein, which is why soya is very well suited for this purpose. For ecological reasons, researchers are looking for domestic alternatives.

So sieht Lignin als Rohstoff aus (links) und so daraus erzeugtes Hartplastik (rechts).
Lignin as a raw material (left) and hard plastic produced from it (right) .

Molecular structure of lignin uncovered

Lignin is an attractive raw material for bioplastics. X-ray analyses have shown how the different molecular structures influence the properties of the biopolymer.

Cas9-3D-Model

More precision for gene scissors

Biotechnologists from Halle and Berlin have produced an improved version of the genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9. The gene scissors make fewer mistakes in cutting.

Die richtige Saatgutbehandlung soll Kartoffeln auf dem Feld widerstandsfähiger machen.
The right seed treatment will make potatoes in the field more robust.

Protecting seeds with fungi coat

In order to make potatoes more resistant, researchers want to coat the seeds of the nightshade plants with beneficial fungi and thus help them grow.

Keimlinge sprießen aus dem Boden.
Microbial communities reveal a lot about the condition of soils.

Global atlas of soil microbiomes

At the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, scientists have compiled 15,000 metagenome data sets from soil samples of various origins according to uniform standards.

Fermentierter Maisbrei (Akassa) verpackt in Blätter der Pflanze Thalia welwitschii.
Fermented corn porridge (Akassa) packed in leaves of the plant Thalia welwitschii.

Packaging made from plant leaves

In the search for alternatives to plastic, researchers want to further develop packaging made of banana leaves and water hyacinths to better protect food.

Die Ecobites schmecken nach Kakao oder Curry - und sind eine nachhaltige Alternative zum Einwegbesteck.
The Ecobites taste of cocoa or curry - and are a sustainable alternative to disposable cutlery.

Edible cutlery with added flavor

Eat the silverware instead of throwing it away: This idea is being pursued by the start-up Frenvi, which wants to offer an alternative to disposable plastic cutlery with its edible spoons.

Wissenschaftler am LIKAT wollen die künstliche Photosynthese besser verstehen.
Scientists at the LIKAT want to better understand artificial photosynthesis.

Turning carbon dioxide into chemicals

Rostock chemists use the concept of artificial photosynthesis to produce high-quality hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide.

Cream, lipstick or shower gel: The moisturizing active ingredient pentylene glycol is contained in almost all cosmetic products.

Cosmetic agent from sugar cane residues

With the help of a new process, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock extract pentylene glycol, which is important for cosmetics, from bagasse, residual materials from the sugar cane industry.