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Eine Versuchsreihe mit Bioreaktoren

In-depth report

Precision fermentation: Tailor-made bioproduction

New molecular tools, modern bioprocessing technology and powerful IT are enabling the biotechnology industry to tailor-make biomolecules with interesting properties. This dossier presents the emerging field of precision fermentation.

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Mehrfarbige Säule einer Affinitätschromatografie

Success story

Protein production without heavy metal residues

A new purification process promises environmentally friendly extraction of proteins for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Dirk Messner

Interview

"Bioeconomy is the core of sustainability policy"

Sustainability researcher Dirk Messner has been President of the Federal Environment Agency since January of this year. In an interview he talks about the opportunities and challenges on the way to a bio-based economy, the corona pandemic and the value of global networking.

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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.

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Cushioning packaging

Not just since Corona has online trade been booming - and so has the demand for packaging and cushioning materials. A nature-based innovation now offers an alternative to conventional cushioning materials and turns the packaging industry into a circular economy.

The latest from the bioeconomy

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Echte Kamille

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.

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Eine Laborantin zeigt Wachs und einen Kolben mit Kohlenwasserstoffen.

More efficiency for fuels from biogas

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

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Grillwurst am Stock

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.

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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.

Interviews

Martin Wild

"All modules of the farm benefit each other"

With his food tech start-up Organic Garden, Martin Wild wants to rethink nutrition and soon produce organic food circularly in a high-tech farm.

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

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Salmon

Anyone who loves fish can now leave it in the ocean and go for a slightly different salmon - made from pea protein instead of fish, 3D printed instead of caught.

Most of the salmon eaten in Germany today comes from aquaculture.

How many kilograms of salmon are consumed in Germany each year?

Unfortunately, this is wrong.

Correct.

Honigglas in Schutzverpackung aus Getreidespelzen

Cushioning packaging

Not just since Corona has online trade been booming - and so has the demand for packaging and cushioning materials. A nature-based innovation now offers an alternative to conventional cushioning materials and turns the packaging industry into a circular economy.

How many liters of petroleum are needed to produce one kilogram of Styrofoam?

Unfortunately, there are significantly more.

Correct.

Cookie in Folie von traceless materials

Packaging film

Instead of producing polymers synthetically, take what nature has already produced: A special technology can be used to extract biopolymers from agricultural residues - making them not only naturally degradable, but even edible.

In Germany, the annual plastic consumption per capita is ...?

Unfortunately, this is not correct.

Yes, that is correct?

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Cloth diapers

Reuse instead of dispose - this also works for diapers. Modern cloth diapers outperform conventional alternatives in terms of environmental and skin compatibility.

What percentage of residual waste in Germany is made up of disposable diapers?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's correct!

Creme in brauner Papierdose

Cream jar

Cosmetic products are often sold in plastic packaging. As a result, they generate more and more packaging waste. 

New products can be created from recycled plastic waste.

What percentage of plastic waste is recycled?

Unfortunately, this is wrong.

Correct.

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