Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy
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Sustainable bioeconomy!?

What is it? And how can research and education contribute to the transformation to a bio-based economy?

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.

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Food security
Climate protection
Resource management
Energy supply

Integrative bioeconomy  |  Finding solutions for societal challenges

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Challenge Food security

How can we succeed in supplying a growing world population with high quality foods?

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. 

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Challenge Climate protection

How can the impacts of human activity on the earth’s climate be minimized?

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.

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Challenge Resource management

How can we meet requirements for resources and energy production that are both secure and economical?

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.

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Challenge Energy supply

How can renewable fuels for mobile applications and bioenergy be made available sustainably and for the long term?

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.

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Current news

17.12.2016

German-Costa Rican Innovation Days

BioSC participated in the Innovation Days in San José, that were initiated by the German (BMBF) and the Costa Rican (MICITT) Science Ministry.

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16.12.2016

TODAY: 13th BioSC Lecture

Topic: Protein stability engineering as a workhorse for a sustainable bioeconomy

Speaker: Jens Erik Nielsen, Director, HTS and Design, Novozymes A/S

In the present lecture, Jens Erik Nielsen will discuss different strategies for stabilizing enzymes and highlight current research at Novozymes aimed at producing enzymes that are stable against a number of harsh conditions.

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12.12.2016

3. BioSC Forum and PhD Training

On 22nd November, the symposium was followed by the 3rd BioSC forum, the internal annual conference of the BioSC, in Cologne. Around 140 scientists from almost all Core Groups of the BioSC took part in the event and introduced results and developments from BioSC projects.

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12.12.2016

1. BioSC-Symposium

On 21st November 2016, the first symposium organised by the Bioeconomy Science Centre (BioSC) took place in the Maternushaus in Cologne on the subject "Towards an integrated Bioeconomy". Around 200 scientists from different research areas discussed perspectives and aims for the development of an integrated and sustainable bioeconomy from various points of view.

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02.12.2016

BioSC Spotlight: Enzymes and processes for biomass degradation

All speakers are confirmed for the new BioSC event format! We are happy to welcome experts from industry and academia for interesting talks and exiting discussions on February 1st in Aachen. Registration is open! Please see event website for full programme.

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22.11.2016

KlimaExpo.NRW award for BioSC!

The KlimaExpo.NRW, an initiative of the MIWF, recognized BioSC contribution towards ressource efficiency and climate protection. The award was handed over by Dr. Dornbuch, managing director of KlimaExpo.NRW.

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28.10.2016

BioSC Summer School

From 24.10 - 28.10.2016 the BioSC Summer School "From plant to Product - Value chains in a sustainable bioeconomy. Using the example of Costa Rica and Germany" took place at the Forschungszentrum Juelich. In frame of this Summer School the 20 international PhD and Master students also worked together in interdisciplinary groups on case studies on the issue of valorization of coffee processing by-products and chemical vs. biological control of crop pests.

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10.10.2016

New BioSC Core Group

Prof. Benjamin Stich became a new BioSC Core Group. Benjamin Stich is head of the Institute for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants at HHU Düsseldorf. However, at the moment his labs are located at MPIPZ Köln. With his research he aims to identify the causes of natural phenotypic variation of crop plants on a molecular level, in order to be able to predict phenotypic performance under various environmental conditions.

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SEED FUND Project AquaPro

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.

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BOOST FUND Projekt OrCaCel

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.

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BOOST FUND Project PectiLyse

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.

 

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BOOST FUND Project RIPE

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. 

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SEED FUND Projekt FlowCom

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.

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BOOST FUND Projekt BEProMod

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.

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Publications

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.

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BioSC Spotlight: Enzymes and processes for biomass degradation

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