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.
„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.
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.
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.
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.
In the spotlight
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?
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.
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.
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.
Conventional disposable tampons are made of up to 90% plastic - and are therefore not only harmful to the environment but also to the health of those wearing them. A new tampon offers a sustainable alternative.
1 hectare of fertile land is needed to grow 3.5 tons of soybeans. What area is needed for the same amount of algae?
In fact, there are significantly fewer.