The Bioeconomy Science Center explanatory film provides a first insight into bioeconomy. It describes how interdisciplinary and integrative research cooperation on a regional scale can be organized and what is required to develop solution approaches for the challenges of the 21st century.Play video
Unfavorable and complex constraints such as limitation of agricultural areas, competing uses of renewable resources – energetically or materially – and changing consumption habits call for new cross-disciplinary approaches from the field of sustainable bioeconomy.
The sustainable production of energy and renewable resources through resource-efficient processes and the development of a closed-cycle economy is an important aspect of adapting to climate change. Already today, the concept of a sustainable bioeconomy offers many solutions for improving climate protection.more
This can only be achieved through sustainable management of our natural resources, including air, water, climate and ecosystems. A sustainable bioeconomy can provide a number of promising solutions in this area.more
Its storage capability is what makes bioenergy such an important part of the future energy mix. It is an indispensable component that can compete with energy sources such as wind and solar energy that are not always available. The sustainable bioeconomy offers solutions for developing integrated production processes for sustainable production.more
Coworkers from the BioSC Project SPREAD are heading 6-weeks through the prairie of North America to find wild varieties of the perennial plant Silphium perfoliatum. Silphium is a very promising plant, e.g. for biomass production or secondary metabolites, but only a very limited number of species are available in Europe. Therefore, the scientists will bring seeds from various (wild) species to perfom cross breeding experiments.more
On 21st of November, the first BioSC Sympoisum will take place in Cologne. Exiting insights into BioSC projects will provided, but also external speakers will present their recent results. Registration is open!more
Dr. Nick Wiercks, RWTH Aachen, raised succesfully a 5-year funding for a research project within the ERA-NET framework "Industrial Biotechnology". The project "TRAFFIC" focuses on toxicity and transport in the fungal production of chemicals, which are relevant for industry, e.g. itaconic acid. Ustilago maydis will be used as a model organism.more
Professor Ralf Pude of the university of Bonn is decisively involved in the development of an insulating material from natural resources and wins with the project High-capacity insulating plaster from renewable raw materials at the fourth idea market of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bonn / Rhine-Sieg among 50 founders and idea givers the audience award.
Hannah Schneider (IBG-2, FZ Jülich) was selcted to present her research approach at the Falling Walls Conference in November in Berlin. She convinced the jury with her approach to optimize and adjust root properties and thereby increase nutrient uptake. On the long eng, this would increase plant yield and therefore is an important contribution for worldwide food security.more
Reseachers from the groups of Prof. Michael Bott and Dr. Jan Marienhagen, FZ Jülich, have developed a new bacterial strain of Corynebacterium glutamicum which can produce interesting chemical substances. e.g. the antioxidant Reseratrol by using sugar.more
The deadline for the BioSC International Summer School "From plant to product - value chains in a sustainable bioeconomy" was extended until 08 of June 2016!
More information: www.biosc.de/summerschool2016more
Food Security in the context of bioeconomy
Dr. Nicole Schönleber (CEO Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim) will give a BioSC Lecture on 1st of June (4 p.m.) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The seminar will provide an overview of the research and educational objectives of the Food Security Center in the context of (global) strategies on bioeconomy. Food Security is one of the major objectives of bioeconomy.more
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Using invasive alien aquatic plant biomass for bioenergy production
The aim of this project is to analyze the potential of Invasive Alien Aquatic Plant species (IAAPs) and to identify a further cascade usage after fractionation. Besides providing a new insight in the utilization of the polysaccharide fraction from IAAPs in a biorefinery process the identification of valuable compounds will increase the economic potential of the system. This will generate new options for the economic use of plant biomass of IAAPs.more
OrganoCat plant and pulping combinations for the full valorization of lignocellulose from marginal land grown perennial plants
The full valorization of lignocellulose residues is a crucial step to obtain ecological and economic figures in future biorefineries. The recently developed OrganoCat process is a promising alternative to deliver non-degraded fractions of the three main carbon components of lignocellulose. The OrCaCel project aims to combine plant science with analytics and chemical engineering to adapt the OrganoCat process for different types of plant biomass that is obtained from perennial plants growing in low-inpit production to minimize environmental footprint.more
Activation of intrinsic enzymes for degradation of plant biomass side-streams
The projects aims to apply a microbial bioprocess to generate platform chemicals from pectin-rich biomass side-streams, which should be degraded to fermentable sugars by enzymatic conversion by using the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis as a whole-cell biocatalyst.
Ripening delay of climacteric fruits by peptides
Post-harvest losses of food produced for human consumption are estimated to reach up to 50 %. The project RIPE aims at improving and exploiting natural, ripening-delaying peptides by an integrated approach addressing the molecular understanding of interactions of the peptides with the ethylene receptor, the delivery of peptides in terms of peptide containers with reversible binding to fruit/vegetable surfaces, and the pre- and postharvest application to apples and tomatoes.more
Everything in Flow – New Compartments for Cascade Reactions
The project aims at synthesizing protein/enzyme-based active membranes to be employed in membrane modules for the efficient process control of aldolase-catalyzed reactions. This modular approach is based on the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, which form an ultrathin nanoporous membrane via self-assembly at fluid interfaces. It allows the production of functional membranes or membrane modules which combine high flux and permeability with high selectivity and functionality.more
Incremental multi-scale and multi-disciplinary Modeling of Processes in Bioeconomy
The vision of a future bio-based economy heavily relies on integrated process chains for biomass production and processing followed by transforming biomass compounds into valuable products. Integrated bioeconomic processes can only become competitive if they are operated with highest efficiency and maximal utilization of all occurring material flows. Thus, effective systems integration is one of the great challenges in this research field. In this context, tools and methods for plant modeling, simulation and design play a crucial role.more
Improving plant biomass conversion by Ustilago maydis for sustainable production of platform chemicals
The central aim of a developing bioeconomy is the switch to a bio-based, sustainable production of chemicals and biofuels using renewable resources such as plant biomass. For a socially acceptable bioeconomy, this biomass must not compete with human food sources. Hence, the focus has shifted to the use of lignocellulosic plant parts.more
Geiser E., Reindl M., Blank L.M., Feldbrügge M., Wierckx N., Schipper K. (2016) Activating intrinsic CAZymes of the smut fungus Ustilago maydis for the degradation of plant cell wall components. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2016 Jun 17. pii: AEM.00713-16.
Durch den Einsatz moderner biotechnologischer und molekularbiologischer Verfahren und die hohe Selektivität biokatalytischer Prozesse sollen biobasierte Inhaltsstoffe und High-Tech-Produkte mit maßgeschneiderten neuartigen Funktionalitäten und Eigenschaften produziert werden.
Gefördert werden Verbundvorhaben, die einen wichtigen Beitrag zu mindestens einem der folgenden Handlungsfelder der „Nationalen Forschungsstrategie BioÖkonomie 2030“ leisten: Weltweite Ernährung sichern; Agrarproduktion nachhaltig gestalten; Gesunde und sichere Lebensmittel produzieren; Nachwachsende Rohstoffe industriell nutzen; Energieträger auf Basis von Biomasse ausbauen.
Gefördert werden Forschungs- und Entwicklungs-aufwendungen im Rahmen industriegeführter vorwettbewerblicher Verbundprojekte, die sich mit Polymeren und deren Anwendung in den Lebens-wissenschaften beschäftigen (vorzugsweise anwendungs-übergreifende Entwicklungen).
Ziel der Maßnahme ist es, Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen sowie Systeme, Verfahren und Modelle zu entwickeln, die das Potenzial haben, die agrarwirtschaftliche Produktion von Biomasse für eine Bioökonomie weiterzuentwickeln.