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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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Mischanbau mit Klee und Gräsern auf Grünland

Success story

In duet with legumes

In the joint project IMPAC3, partners from research and industry have explored which genotypes are suitable for mixed cultivation in fields, grassland and forests.

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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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Faultier im Regenwald

Studies and statistics

Leibniz-IZW (2021): How the loss of forest fauna undermines the achievement of the SDGs

A study by scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) looks at the link between increasingly animal-less tropical forests and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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zwei Bierflaschen, mit denen angestoßen wird

Product

Beer

Beer - a traditional German drink. Although beer consumption is declining, hardly any other country in the world records such high beer consumption as Germany.

The latest from the bioeconomy

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Aufwuchskörper in der Aquakultur - der Schlüssel zu einer biologischen Wasserreinigung.

Ridding aquacultures of microplastics

A research team at Hof University of Applied Sciences is developing a fully biodegradable growth body for aquaponics to make water treatment more sustainable.

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Die einzellige Amöbe Dictyostelium discoideum kann sich zu einem vielzelligen Verband zusammenschließen und Fruchtkörper ausbilden, die Sporen produzieren.

Amoebae as biofactories for natural substances

Leibniz researchers from Jena have succeeded in producing the natural substance olivetolic acid - a precursor of the cannabis active ingredient THC - in amoebae.

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Katjes Werk in Potsdam

Katjes invests in UNMILK

Through its investment platform Katjes Greenfood, the confectionery manufacturer will support the start-up UNMILK, which offers milk alternatives made from oat and pea proteins.

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Pilotanlage in Dänemark

Electrochaea raises 36 million euros

Using microbial electrochemical cells, the young company produces climate-neutral methane from CO2 and green hydrogen.

Interviews

Prof. Martina Brockmeier

"There is no easy solution to sustainably improving food systems"

Martina Brockmeier, an agricultural economist from Hohenheim, was elected as the future president of the Leibniz Association in November 2021. She sees bioeconomy research as an important contribution to achieving the global sustainability goals.

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

Stoffwindel

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?

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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?

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Behälter mit Reinigungsmittel aus Roter Bete

Detergent

Sounds paradoxical, but works brilliantly: Beetroot, often known as the cause of stubborn stains, qualifies as an ecological cleaning agent.

1.5 million tons of laundry detergents and household cleaners are sold to the end consumer each year.

How high is the resulting chemical discharge into the wastewater?

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Waschbare Abschminktücher

Makeup removal wipes

Instead of cotton pads and the like, sustainable makeup removal wipes are equally good for the skin and the environment.

Cosmetics with ingredients of natural origin are gaining in importance.

What is the market share of natural cosmetics in Germany?

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3 Bierflaschen

Beer

Beer - a traditional German drink. Although beer consumption is declining, hardly any other country in the world records such high beer consumption as Germany.

How many beer brands are there in Germany according to the German Brewers Association?

That's wrong.

That's right

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