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Silage films in agriculture

Silage films made from biopolymers

A team of researchers at Hof University of Applied Sciences wants to banish conventional plastic silage films from the fields and develop a bio-based alternative with better properties.

This year, the German Sustainability Day took place online. Experts such as Maja Göpel were joined live for discussions.

The pandemic as an opportunity for sustainability

The 13th German Sustainability Day was dominated by the corona crisis. In virtual forums, around 100 experts discussed the opportunities of the pandemic for a sustainable future.

Bioökonomierat erste sitzung
Erste Zusammenkunft des neuen Bioökonomierats: Bundesforschungsministerin Anja Karliczeck begrüßte das 20-köpfige Beratungsgremium per Videokonferenz.

The new Bioeconomy Council

The new Bioeconomy Council has met for the first time. For the next three years, the 20-member body will advise the German government on the implementation of the National Bioeconomy Strategy.

With the ban on plastic bags, the Federal Government wants to tackle the plastic problem and save resources.

Plastic bags will soon be history

By 2022, plastic bags are planned to disappear from the market for good. This has now been decided by the German Bundestag.

"We want to seize the opportunity to become the technology leader and world export champion in energy system transformation, resource efficiency and climate protection," said Federal Minister Anja Karliczek

BMBF supports research on sustainability

The BMBF has published the new strategy "Research for Sustainability" (FONA) and doubled the funding to 4 billion euros. The bioeconomy also plays an important role.


Bioeconomy as a global trend

The digital Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 successfully started its two-day plenary program yesterday morning. More than 1,000 participants followed the livestream at times.

The rapid test to check the germination capacity shows the result as a color reaction.

Rapid test for the germination capacity of seeds

A new method provides seed banks and breeders with results after only hours, without having to waste the tested seed.

Insect crackers made from cricket flour in the flavour of rosemary.

Insect crackers for the market

The Berlin start-up Native Food is looking for investors on the crowdfunding platform Startnext to produce the first large batch of its insect crackers.

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.