Zellfreie Biotech Aufmacher

In-depth report

Cell-free biotech production

Cell-free systems dispense with the use of living cells in biotechnological production. Instead, all biochemical components necessary for the biosynthesis of molecules are combined in one reaction vessel. This dossier highlights different cell-free approaches and presents important applications.

Prof Ian O`Hara von der University of Queensland


„Queensland pushes its Biofutures industry“

Ian O`Hara is a biotechnology professor in Brisbane and a leading expert on the Australian and international bioeconomy scene. He recently visited Germany.

Freiformkachel aus biobasiertem 3D-Druck

In-depth report

3D printing for biobased products

3D printing has become a key technology in increasingly digitized industrial production. This dossier discusses the potential of 3D printing for the manufacture of bio-based products in food production, materials engineering and medicine.

roh (rechts) und torrefizierte Hackschnitzel

Success story

Producing basic chemicals with wood and hot steam

Researchers have further developed the process of torrefaction to improve the material and energy recovery of plant biomass.

Preview Bioökonomie-Ausstellung

Bioeconomy Exhibition

The bioeconomy has rapidly developed in recent years. What has been accomplished in the last five years alone is truly impressive: Many bioeconomy products have become bestsellers. Bio-based start-ups have grown into medium-sized companies. And established, traditional industrial companies are integrating bio-based production steps into their existing structures.

The latest from the bioeconomy

Ein Mann steht in einem Getreidefeld und beugt sich hinab.

Improved photosynthesis leads to better performing barley

A European research network aims to optimize ozone tolerance, photosynthetic performance and stem quality in barley.

Biogasanlage auf Rügen

Microbial key players in biogas production discovered

With Darwinibacteriales, researchers in the EU Micro4Biogas project have identified a new group of anaerobic bacteria that could be the key to optimized biogas production.

Agriphotovoltaik-Anlage - nachhaltige Innovationen

BMBF publishes its first own sustainability strategy

Just in time for the UN Summit on Agenda 2030 in New York, the German Federal Ministry of Research has published its own sustainability strategy - and the bioeconomy plays an important role in it.


First approval of laboratory-grown meat applied for in the EU

Heidelberg-based Cultivated B is the first company in the world to submit an application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for approval of a cell-based sausage product.


Prof Ian O'Hara

„Queensland pushes its Biofutures industry“

Ian O`Hara is a biotechnology professor in Brisbane and a leading expert on the Australian and international bioeconomy scene. He recently visited Germany.

Worldwide strategies

The bioeconomy is gaining ground all over the world. A large number of countries have now adopted bioeconomy strategies - with various focus areas. You can find them in the following overview.

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In the spotlight

Bioeconomy inside

Verschließbare Dönertüte aus Papier

Kebab bag

Kebabs to go are usually wrapped in aluminium foil. An award-winning innovative paper packaging offers a more sustainable solution.

How much packaging waste is generated statistically per capita and year in Germany?

No, its about double.

Correct. This is the per capita consumption of the year 2020.

Geldbörse aus Teakblättern


Concerns about animal welfare, the climate and the environment are increasingly prompting consumers to buy vegan imitation leather. Leave-based leather alternatives impress with their unique look and are biodegradable.

According to PETA, how many animals are killed worldwide each year for leather products?

That's wrong.


Arbeitshose aus Bananenfasern, Biobaumwolle und Bambus

Work trousers

A large proportion of all items of clothing produced world-wide is made of synthetic fibres such as polyester – and the amount is rising. A German textile company is looking for alternative solutions and presents biodegradable workwear from plant based raw materials.

Statistically, about how many items of clothing are bought by each German per year?

Unfortunately not, it is about 3 times more.


Rührei auf einem Teller

Egg substitutes

Reports on egg factory farms and the health condition of hens has spoilt some people's appetite for eggs. But eggs without chicken – is that possible? Innovative plant-based products conquer the market.

What was the per capita consumption of eggs in Germany 2022?

Less than that. About "1 egg a day" does not hold true in Germany.


Zahnseide-Spender aus Biokunststoff

Dental floss

Originally, dental floss was made of natural silk. In the 1940s it was gradually replaced by the synthetic material nylon. Nowadays, products made of bioplastic continue to drive the evolution of dental floss.

How much dental floss does every German use on average per year?

Unfortunately not. But this is the recommended amount.